Grants


Best Buy Community Grants - Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019
Focus
After School Tech Programs for Teens
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Best Buy website:

As a means to prepare teens for the tech-reliant jobs of the future, the Best Buy Foundation will provide funding to equitable, innovative, impact driven programs in eligible non-profit organizations committed to enhancing the lives of teens 13 – 18 years old through cutting edge technology enabled curricula. Programs should include hands-on learning opportunities that lead to skill development and engage the youth in experimenting and interacting with the latest technologies to close the digital skills gap.

Our goal is to provide teens from under resourced communities with access to innovative technologies and help them stay engaged and become increasingly fluent in technological fields while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. As a measure of long-term success, we are looking to partner with non-profit organizations enabling youth to obtain industry recognized competency or credentials.

For additional information, please click here.

Gladys Brooks Foundation - Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019
Focus
Varied
Target
Public, School, Academic
Notes

From the Gladys Brooks Foundation website:

Grants for Libraries--

Grant proposals will be considered generally for resource Endowments (for example, print, film, electronic database, speakers/workshops), capital construction and capital equipment. Projects fostering broader public access to global information sources utilizing collaborative efforts, pioneering technologies and equipment are encouraged.

 

Grants for Educational Institutions--

 

Grant proposals from universities, colleges and secondary schools will be considered generally for:
{a} educational endowments to fund scholarships based solely on educational achievements, leadership and academic ability of the student (Note: need-based scholarships are not within our mission);
{b} endowments to support fellowships and teaching chairs for educators who confine their activities primarily to classroom instruction in the liberal arts, mathematics and the sciences during the academic year;
{c} erection or endowment of buildings, wings of or additions to buildings; equipment for educational purposes.

{d} capital equipment for educational purposes.  

 

For additional information, please visit http://www.gladysbrooksfoundation.org/guidelines.html

 

Union Pacific Community Ties Giving Program - Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019
Focus
Library programming
Target
Public
Notes

From the Union Pacific website:

Throughout its existence, the success of Union Pacific's business has been inextricably linked to the economic and community well being of cities and towns across the nation. We take pride in the role we have played in helping communities thrive, and believe the impact we can have on local communities is greatest when it is authentic to our history and the company we are today. As such, we have carefully aligned our Local Grants cause areas to our company's unique heritage, strengths, and assets. Specifically, we prioritize funding for direct services and efforts that build the capacity of organizations focused on the following causes within our local operating communities:  Safety, workforce development, community spaces, local needs.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here.

AASL Research Grant - Deadline: Sunday, June 30, 2019
Focus
School libraries
Target
School
Notes

From the ALA website:

The AASL Research Grant is to recognize excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent and recurring challenge in the field of school librarianship. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), through the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS), will invite submissions of papers on original research with this focus. Full papers submitted can either be:

  1. Articles published in a peer-reviewed journal with a publication date announced with call; OR
  2. Completed research papers ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, or currently under review.

For additional information, please click here.

Big Lots Foundation Grants - Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2019
Focus
Children
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Big Lots! Foundation website:

Big Lots Foundation funds support programs that will enhance the lives of children and families in the areas of hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. Priority will be given to programs serving women and children. Applicants must have a 501(c)3 public nonprofit status and be located in the United States near Big Lots stores or distribution centers. For more information and the online application, visit: https://www.biglots.com/corporate/community/support.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources - Deadline: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Focus
Collection preservation
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the National Endowment for the Humanities website:

The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.

HCRR offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts (HCRR Foundations awards).

For additional information, and to apply for the grant--the application is available on May 15--please visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/humanities-collections-and-reference-resources

Art Works from the National Endowment for the Arts - Deadline: Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Focus
Library programming
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the National Endowment for the Arts website:

Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. 

We encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that address any of the following activities below:

  • Honor the 2020 centennial of women’s voting rights in the United States (aka the Women’s Suffrage Centennial).
  • Engage with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Hispanic or Latino organizations; or the Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian arts.
  • Celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the National Endowment for the Arts website at https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/art-works/grant-program-description

ConocoPhillips - Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Focus
Social investment
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the ConocoPhillips website:

ConocoPhillips has an annual open-solicitation period from April 1 through July 31. During this timeframe, eligible charitable organizations may apply online for funding consideration for the following year.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here.

James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway - Deadline: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Focus
School collection development
Target
School
Notes

News from Scholastic:

For the fifth year, James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs are teaming up to bring books into classrooms throughout the country. The sweepstakes will award $250 to 4,000 teachers (with four or more years of experience) and $500 to 500 new teachers (with three or less years of experience) to create and improve their classroom libraries. Scholastic will match Patterson with gifts of 250 and 500 bonus points for its book club. Teachers must be current legal residents of the 50 states or the District of Columbia and be actively teaching in any grade from PreK through 12th grade in a US school.

 

You can visit the Scholastic website to apply for the program by clicking here.

Media Projects: Production Grants - Deadline: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Focus
Humanities projects
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the National Endowment for the Humanities website:

The Media Projects program supports documentary film, television, radio, and podcast projects that engage public audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects that we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant--the application will be available beginning June 14--please visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/public/media-projects-production-grants

Walmart Community Grant Program - Deadline: Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Focus
Community support
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Walmart Foundation website:

Through the Community Grant Program, our associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations.

Before applying, please note:

  • The 2019 grant cycle begins Feb. 15, 2019 and the application deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for 90 days.
  • Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here.

National Digital Newspaper Program - Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Focus
Digitization of newspapers
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the National Endowment for the Humanities website:

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is a partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress to create a national digital resource of historically significant newspapers published between 1690 and 1963, from all the states and U.S. territories. This searchable database will be permanently maintained at the Library of Congress (LC) and will be freely accessible via the Internet. (See the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers website.) An accompanying national newspaper directory of bibliographic and holdings information on the website directs users to newspaper titles available in all types of formats. During the course of its partnership with NEH, LC will also digitize and contribute to the NDNP database a significant number of newspaper pages drawn from its own collections.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant--applications will be available on November 15, 2019--please visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/national-digital-newspaper-program

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions - Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Focus
Collection preservation
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the National Endowment for the Humanities website:

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant--applications will be available November 15, 2019--please visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/preservation-assistance-grants-smaller-institutions

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections - Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Focus
Collection preservation
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the National Endowment for the Humanities website:

The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity.

Cultural institutions, including libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations, face an enormous challenge: to preserve humanities collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for life-long learning. To ensure the preservation of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art, and historical objects, cultural institutions must implement measures that slow deterioration and prevent catastrophic loss from emergencies resulting from natural or human activity. They can accomplish this work most effectively through preventive conservation. Preventive conservation encompasses managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft, fire, floods, and other disasters.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant--the application will be available November 15, 2019--please visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/preservation/sustaining-cultural-heritage-collections

Aldi Smart Kids - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Smart, healthy kids
Target
Public, School, Special
Notes

From the Aldi's website--

As your headquarters for Simply Smarter Shopping, we’re all about extending our ‘simply smarter’ philosophy to local communities. That’s why we established the ALDI Smart Kids Program, which provides funding and gift cards to organizations that promote kids being active and healthy.

Being a smart grocer goes beyond the groceries – we’re passionate about making a positive impact in our communities. So whether your mission is to support kids through education, arts, athletics or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy, we say kudos to you and encourage you to apply for support from the ALDI Smart Kids program.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here.

Amazon - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Requests for donations
Target
School
Notes

From the Amazon website--

Thanks for your interest in Amazon!   We’re thrilled to support many different 501(c)(3) organizations and schools in communities where our employees live and work. With the number of worthy requests received, we do not accept unsolicited donations requests. However, if you would like to share your work with us please email donationrequests@amazon.com and we’ll get back to you within 10 business days if we’re able to support your organization. Thank you for considering Amazon as a supporter, and we appreciate your commitment to making an impact in our community.

AmazonSmile - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Non-profit organizations
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by our customers.

For additional information, and to register for the program, follow this link

AT&T Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Education and communities
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the AT&T Foundation website:

AT&T is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities, and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and partnerships, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation support projects that create opportunities, make connections, and address community needs where we - and our customers - live and work. Supporting education has been a major focus for AT&T for more than a century and education is our key philanthropic focus. We are driven to help students succeed -- in school, in the workforce, and in life.

For additional information, please click here.

Banterra Banks - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Community support
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Banterra website:  At Banterra, we understand the importance of service and taking care of our community. That's probably because we understand that our business is about relationships, meeting customers needs, and doing what we can to improve our neighborhoods.

While limited, we can often help with sponsorships, donations or volunteers for charity and community events. If interested, fill out a sponsorship or donation form and return it to your local branch for consideration.

To find the mentioned form, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on "donation".

Focus
School libraries
Target
School
Notes

From the ALA website:

Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting.

For additional information, and to apply online, please click here.

Costco Wholesale - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Children, Education, Health, Human Services
Target
Public
Notes

Costco's giving is focused on Children, Education and Health and Human Services. Their grants are generally program or event based. Applicants must be IRS 501(c)(3) non profit organizations in the markets where they do business. Most friends or library foundations with 501c3 status would qualify, but not individual schools or government-run libraries.

 

For additional information, please click here.

Focus
Free books
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Art Resources Transfer website:

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.) distributes books on contemporary art and culture to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide, free of charge. D.U.C. books create access to the arts and literacy these institutions could not otherwise afford to acquire. To date, the D.U.C. has placed over 459,555 free books in 8,139 public institutions across the country.

For additional information, and to apply, please click here.

Illinois American Water - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Community support
Target
Public, School
Notes

Libraries that are serviced by Illinois American Water are eligible to apply for grant funding, in the areas of water and healthy living, water and the environment, environmental education, and community sustainability.  Please click here to access the application.

Kars4Kids - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Kars4Kids Small Grants Program makes grants available for furthering children’s and young adults’ welfare and education. Kars4Kids encourages continued education and welfare outside of the school setting, enriching the education of future citizens and leaders of the community. They provide grants for libraries, after-school programs, mentoring, tutoring, exercise programs, weekend programming, storytime, combating bullying, and more. Grants are available in amounts from $500-$2000.

Learn more or apply at www.kars4kidsgrants.org

Focus
Kids' Health and Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

For libraries that have access to 501(c)3 status, if you plan an event (such as your Summer Reading program), and your local Kohls store is able to send five of their associates to volunteer at the event, your library will get help with conducting the event, AND a $500 check from Kohls!  More information can be found at http://aia.kohls.com.  To schedule an event, contact your local Kohls store.

Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The Library of Congress has available at all times, for donation to eligible organizations and institutions, surplus books which are not needed for the Library's own uses.

For additional information, and to learn how your library can take advantage of this opportunity, click here

Lockheed Martin - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
K-12 Stem grants
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Lockheed Martin website:

Lockheed Martin is committed to a program of philanthropy that supports the Corporation’s strategic business goals, primarily in the focus areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and military and veteran causes.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here.

Lowe's Small Grants - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
non-educational focused projects
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

"The small grants program is an outlet for organizations seeking smaller-scale assistance for non-educational focused projects. These grants range from $100 to $2,000. Small grant project requests must also fit within the Giving Guidelines. These requests are received on a rolling basis, with no specific cycle dates. Please note that grant funds are distributed as Lowe’s gift cards.

For questions contact community@lowes.com or visit our FAQ’s."

For additional information, click here.

Focus
Health care
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the NIH website:

The Greater Midwest Region office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) offers funding to support the NNLM mission:

To advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information; and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.

There are several funding opportunities posted on the NNLM website.  For additional information, please visit the site at https://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding

Our Caps, Your Cause - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Donations to Charitable Organizations
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Prairie Farms donates funds to charitable organizations through their Our Caps, Your Cause program.  Charitable organizations--like libraries--can register for the program, and then encourage their patrons to go the Prairie Farms website to enter the code found on the milk cap.  For additional information, check out the Prairie Farms website.

 

Focus
Children's literacy
Target
Public, School
Notes

The mission of the Pilcrow Foundation is to provide new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries across the United States.

The Foundation's Children’s Book Project grants support libraries located in a rural area within the 50 United States that have a limited operating budget and an active children’s department.

Through the program, a library's local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,200 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books.

The Foundation provides a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s books from which Children’s Book Project grant recipients can select books best suited for their community. The book list includes award-winning and star-reviewed titles from educational and literary organizations.

The Foundation accepts applications from independent rural public libraries and Native American Tribal libraries as well as libraries that are part of a county, regional, or cooperative system. A branch library may apply if it serves a rural community. Applications are accepted from school libraries only if they also serve as the community’s public library.

The Foundation does not offer grants to libraries outside of the 50 United States, libraries in urban or metropolitan areas, or libraries with substantial operating budgets.

Note: The Foundation also offers a limited number of special non-matching grants to libraries serving rural communities in the United States affected by recent tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, or other natural disasters. Libraries can select $800 worth of new, quality, hardcover children’s books from the Foundation’s booklist. Locally sponsored matching funds are not required for the disaster relief grants.

For additional information, click here.

Shell Refinery - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Civic and human needs
Target
Public, School
Notes

According to their website, grants may be requested for community, education, and environmental concerns:

Community--

Focus on civic and human needs in the community while promoting healthy lifestyles, major and cultural arts that promote access to underserved students and communities, and disaster relief efforts. We fund a broad array of community outreach projects, particularly in areas where our employees work and live. These projects range from local neighborhood improvement efforts to regional non-profit organizations. We are especially interested in supporting groups that reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of our communities, which is a Shell core value.

Education--

Focus on energy awareness with special publics, increasing interest in technical careers among students and professional development in science and math among educators. We support K-12 programs that boost math and science skills, as well as university programs that aid engineering and geoscience students and departments. Shell funds projects at vocational and technical schools where chemical and refinery operators and technicians are trained. We are especially interested in supporting educational outreach in math, science and technology to women/minority students and academic institutions with ethnically diverse enrollments.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the website -- https://www.shell.us/sustainability/request-for-a-grant-from-shell.html

TechSoup - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Technology
Target
Public
Notes

"TechSoup has the products you need to maximize your technology services to your community. Whether you're looking to upgrade your public access computers, seeking new software, or searching for a way to keep your technology secure, TechSoup's donation program can help you make it happen. We also have a wide range of content and free webinars tailored especially for public libraries on
http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/ "

The Lisa Libraries - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Children's books
Target
Public, School
Notes

The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas.

For additional information, click here -- http://www.lisalibraries.org/

 

Focus
Construction and facilities
Target
Public
Notes

"This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings."  For additional information, click here.

Verizon - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Education
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Verizon website:

Verizon funding supports education initiatives that provide underserved students with the skills needed for success in college or career. Applications are by invitation only and funding is prioritized to organizations that support education programs under Verizon Innovative Learning.

For additional information, and to receive an invitation to apply, please click here.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Educated Kids
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

For additional information about the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, what types of programs it supports, and how to apply for a grant, click here.

Wish You Well Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Adult and family literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Wish You Well website:

Supporting adult and family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.

For additional information, and to apply for funding, please click here.

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