Grants


The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read - Deadline: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Focus
Library programming
Target
Public
Notes

From the Arts Midwest website:

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, a partnership with Arts Midwest, broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary books that reflect many different voices and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.

The NEA Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book. Selected organizations receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the Arts Midwest website at https://www.artsmidwest.org/programs/neabigread/guidelines

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood - Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
Focus
Youth Services, wellness
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through seven years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare.

Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application.

The Foundation provides funding in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Welfare
  • Early Childhood Education and Play
  • Parenting Education

For more information, visit the website: https://earlychildhoodfoundation.org.

 

Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant - Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the ALA website:

Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. Every year, in the process of choosing the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honor books, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association receives multiple copies of approximately 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators.

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections.

Each year, three organizations that demonstrate need and potential benefit from receiving the collection are selected. All three libraries will receive copies of titles submitted for consideration for the 2020 awards, including a full set of the 2020 winning titles.

For additional information, and to apply for this grant, please visit the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2019/12/applications-2020-coretta-scott-king-book-donation-grant-open

John Ullrich Foundation Field Trip Initiative - Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020
Focus
schools Lincoln
Target
School
Notes

Schools in five Illinois counties can apply for financial help visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, thanks to the generosity of the John Ullrich Foundation.

The grants are open to schools from Coles, Douglas, Macon, Moultrie, and Piatt counties. They will help pay transportation costs and admission fees for students in grades 4-12 to visit between March 23 and June 30.

Schools can apply for the John Ullrich Foundation Field Trip Initiative grants by visiting here.

ALSC's Bookapalooza Program - Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Focus
Collections
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes
ALA's Association for Library Services to Children's annual Bookapalooza Program selects three libraries to receive a collection of materials to help transform their collection, provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their community in creative and innovative ways, and enhance their library service to children and families. Applicants must be personal members of ALSC as well as ALA.

Each year the ALSC office receives almost 3,000 newly published books, videos, audio books, and recordings from children’s trade publishers. The materials are primarily for children age birth through fourteen and are submitted to ALSC award and media evaluation selection committees for award and notables consideration. The Bookapalooza Program was created to find new homes for these materials. 

 
More details and a link to the short online application are available on the ALSC's website.
H. W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant - Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Focus
Continuing Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the ALA website:

An annual award consisting of $3,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation given to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/tools/hw-wilson-library-staff-development-grant-application

Innovative Reading Grant - Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Focus
Library programming
Target
School
Notes

From the American Association of School Librarians website:

The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the AASL website at http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/innovative

Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries - Deadline: Saturday, February 1, 2020
Focus
School Libraries
Target
School
Notes

From the ALA website:

Jay Toor honors his wife, Ruth Toor, with the establishment of The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries. Ruth Toor was the school librarian at Southern Boulevard School in Chatham for 29 years. After retiring in 2001, she wrote and edited the “School Librarian’s Workshop,” and along with “New on the Job,” Toor co-authored 11 other professional publications. Toor was the 1992-1993 AASL President and consulted and worked actively on many ALA, AASL and ALSC committees including the ALA Committee on Legislation. She taught graduate courses as an adjunct at Rutgers and Montclair State Universities, and was the internship adviser for professional development studies at Rutgers’ school of communication and information.

The grant provides funding support on a competitive basis to public school libraries—located in the United States and led by a certified school librarian—for the creation and implementation of a local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions their school library as a necessary resource in the community, tying in the theme “Strong School Libraries.”

For additional information, and to apply for this grant, please visit the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/toor

Adult Volunteer Literacy Grant - Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020
Focus
Adult literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Illinois Secretary of State's website:

Grant projects provide instruction to help adults who read below the ninth grade level or speak English at a beginning level to improve their basic reading, writing, math, or English language proficiency. Services are provided through the use of trained, unpaid volunteer tutors.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased skills in reading, writing, math and/or English language.
  • Increased knowledge of civic responsibilities (e.g., voting, using the public library).
  • Increased ability of the volunteer tutors to provide effective adult literacy instruction.

For additional information, and to apply for this grant, please visit the website at https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/literacy/adultvolunteer.html

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement - Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020
Focus
Library programming
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the ALA website:

The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project.

Project activities to be covered by the grant may include developing community engagement programs and services; partnering with a community agency that builds the capacity of the community to address an important concern/issue; or creating a program or event that connects the library to a community-identified aspiration or concern.

Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members ¬— be they library users, residents, faculty, students or local organizations — to address issues for the betterment of the community.

For additional information, and to apply for this grant, please visit the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/LTCEG

Penny Severns Family Literacy Program - Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020
Focus
Literacy programming
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Illinois State Library website:

Grant projects provide integrated, intensive instruction to improve the basic reading, writing skills, math or English language proficiency of parents and children together. Services include adult education, child education, parenting education, literacy-based, interactive, parent-child activities and library services.

Projects also strengthen the ability of the parent to foster educational achievement and increase their ability to use the resources and services of the library. Services are provided through a partnership between a public library, an adult educational agency, and an organization that serves at-risk children.

For additional information, and to apply for this grant, please visit the Illinois State Library website at https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/literacy/familylit.html

Workplace Skills Enhancement Grant Program - Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020
Focus
Adult literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Illinois State Library website:

Grant projects provide instruction at the workplace to improve the basic reading, writing, math skills or English language proficiency of employees. Services are provided through a partnership between one business and an adult educational agency.

For additional information, and to apply for this grant, please visit the Illinois State Library website at https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/literacy/workplace.html

 

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries - Deadline: Sunday, February 9, 2020
Focus
Collection development and/or library programming
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the ALA website:

Three Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are given annually - two Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grants will provide support to two libraries that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs and one Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant will provide support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative. These Grants will support two categorical grants that will encourage public awareness on the rise and importance of graphic literature, sequential art, and comics as a literary medium.  The objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries is to facilitate library-generated programs and services that will promote graphic novels to library patrons and to the local community.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/eisner

Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant - Deadline: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Focus
School collection development
Target
School
Notes

From the Snapdragon Book Foundation website:

The Snapdragon Book Foundation was started in December, 2008 to provide funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Grants will be awarded to public, private, and experimental schools.

Founded by a former school librarian, this foundation exists to put books in the hands of kids. In a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, we hope to make sure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit their website at http://snapdragonbookfoundation.org/application/

Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters - Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020
Focus
Afrian American Literature
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

A Library of America Project funded with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Emerson Collective. Fifty $1,200 grants will be awarded to libraries, museums, and nonprofit cultural institutions to host a minimum of two public programs. Applications are open to public, academic, and community college libraries; and nonprofit museums and community organizations.

All participating institutions will present a minimum of two programs, at least one of which must be a discussion/reading group moderated by a scholar of African American literature designed to draw out and explore the project themes.

 

Institutions selected to participate in Lift Every Voice will receive:

• A $1,200 grant to support free public programming. Grants may be used for: stipends for a local poet and/or scholar; travel expenses; honoraria; actors/performers fees; publicity and advertising; refreshments; or other costs associated with programming.

• A copy of African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song, a hardcover anthology edited Kevin Young to be published by Library of America in September 2020.

• The Lift Every Voice Reader (PDF), available for free download at the project website (below).

www.africanamericanpoetry.org: project site featuring multimedia resources for public programming and individual discovery, including video readings and commentary by scholars, poets, actors, musicians, and others; a free down-loadable reader of key poems, with commentary and questions for discussion; a calendar of events; and links to other resources.

• An online site support notebook, with tools for planning and publicizing programs, including downloadable press
releases.

• An orientation webinar for site coordinators and scholars/facilitators covering interpretive materials, public relations,
and logistics.

• A best-practices webinar designed to assist sites in addressing special issues involved in presenting programming dealing with race.

• Programming support throughout the grant period.

 

For more information, and to apply, visit the website: https://africanamericanpoetry.org/apply

Game On! Grants - Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020
Focus
gaming programming
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association is proud to unveil a new annual grant program to enable libraries to develop gaming programs or collections for their public. Through the new Game On! grants $500.00 will be available to be awarded either as one grant of $500 or two of $250 each to assist a library or libraries in developing gaming programs or collections for their communities.

ALA members in good standing currently employed at a public, school, academic or special library in the United States or Canada are eligible to apply. Libraries will need to illustrate a plan for a sustainable gaming program created with the funds as well as financial need and institutional support for the proposed program.

The application period will take place from January 1 to March 1 of each year, and the grant winner will be announced at GameRT’s “ALA Play” event at ALA Annual conference.

Applicants must be a member of ALA, personal or organizational. (ALA Member login required to access application)

For more information, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/rt/gamert/game-grants

 

Project Next Generation - Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2020
Focus
personal growth and educational development
Target
Public
Notes

The Illinois State Library is currently accepting applications for FY21 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants.

PNG programs encourage personal growth and the educational development of at risk, middle to high school students through the use of mentors, technology and library based group projects. Public libraries that have completed the 2020 Annual Certification and are recognized by the State Library as a full member in good standing of an Illinois library system are eligible to apply.

The deadline to submit is March 15, 2020. If you have questions about this grant offering, contact Rita Stephens at 217-782-5506.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the ISL website at https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/png.html

 

2020 Historical Records Grant Program - Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020
Focus
online access to historical information
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Illinois State Historical Records Board:

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB), using funding from National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is offering grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois historical records keepers to develop and/or carry out projects that show commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will lead to enhanced online access. These projects may include creating online finding aids, digitizing records and placing the digital content online, making an inventory of records or properly storing the records with the goal of preparing them for future online access, or placing information about the records on a blog, wiki page or Facebook. Information about this grant program is listed below.

Grant Amounts and Requirements

Minimum grant request: $500

Maximum grant request: $5,000

All grants require a one-to-one ($1 for $1) in-kind and/or cash match

Application Period: January 27, 2020 – March 20, 2020

All grant projects will run for one year beginning July 1, 2020.

Guidelines and Application Form: The grant guidelines which includes the application form is available on-line at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard151.pdf or you may request the guidelines be mailed to you. The application must be printed, filled out, and mailed. It cannot be submitted on-line.

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board is made up of representatives from different archives, museums, universities and libraries from around the state and seeks to facilitate cooperation among historical records depositories and other information agencies within Illinois. The Illinois State Archives serves as the coordinator of the ISHRAB.

Diversity Research Grants - Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Focus
Diversity Research
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS) seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity and outreach issues within library and information science.

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and select up to three recipients; the grant recipients will be announced before the 2020 ALA Annual Conference.

Proposals are currently being accepted for one-year research projects that will be undertaken July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Grants should not be sought for work leading toward the completion of a degree, thesis or dissertation.

The primary contact for the grant must be a current member of the American Library Association, but not all researchers are required to hold membership.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/tools/research/larks/diversity

Public Library Construction Act Grant (PLCAG) - Deadline: Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Focus
Construction
Target
Public
Notes

The State Library will be accepting applications for the PLCAG Program for fiscal year 2020.

This grant program assists public libraries with construction costs in their facilities. The State Library has been accepting applications for this program every year since the program’s inception in fiscal year 2012. To be considered for funding, applications must be submitted electronically to construct-grant@ilsos.gov and include all of the applicable required supporting documentation.

Information on the required supporting documentation as well as an overview of the program to include program rules and regulations can be found at https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/publib_construction.html.

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

Ameren Cares - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Youth and Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Ameren website:

The Ameren Cares program connects Ameren with the communities it serves through charitable giving. A key focus of Ameren Cares is to partner with nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life of people living in Ameren's service territory. Ameren donates to non-profit organizations in Missouri and central and southern Illinois each year that are located within our service area. Our contributions target support for causes associated with: Environment, Youth and Education, Civic and Community, Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture. 

For additional information, please visit the website at https://www.ameren.com/illinois/company/community/grants

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
Collection development following disaster
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 for a grant, please visit the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/beyond-words

Community and Education Grants - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Fine Arts
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Decatur Area Arts Council website:

The Decatur Area Arts Council grants program supports and promotes arts events and creative arts learning experiences. The DAAC service area includes all of Macon County, and the communities of Assumption, Clinton, Moweaqua, Pana and Taylorville. 

The applicant organizations must be registered as a not-for-profit organization, such as:

• Municipal agencies or units of government
• Pre-schools and K-12 schools
• School cultural groups or parent organizations
• Colleges and universities
• Shelter/mental health facilities
• Hospitals and nursing homes
• Religious organizations
• Arts organizations
• Community organizations

Grant applications are reviewed three times a year.
Deadlines are October 1, February 1, and May 1.
Your project must start 30 days or more after the requested deadline

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the DAAC website at http://www.decaturarts.org/grants/

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
Digital skills programming
Target
School
Notes

From the Donors Choose website:

How does it work?

  1. This Classroom Rewards opportunity is only for school librarians.
  2. Teach a lesson from either Google Applied Digital Skills or Google CS First to 20+ of your students.
    1. Click here for instructions on how to receive Classroom Rewards for Applied Digital Skills. Applied Digital Skills is recommended for high school students.
    2. Click here for instructions on how to receive Classroom Rewards for CS First. CS First is recommended for middle school students.
  3. Fill out the completion survey. Please note, this completion survey will be shared with members of the DonorsChoose.org and Google teams.
  4. We will send you a $300 DonorsChoose.org gift code within 2 weeks of receiving your survey, while funds last.

For additional information, please check out the website at https://help.donorschoose.org/hc/en-us/articles/360021337153

Dierbergs - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Varied
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

For information about Dierbergs donation program, please visit their website at http://www.dierbergs.com/MyDierbergs/Community-Involvement/Multi-Community-Organizations

 

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.

EmpowerEd 2.0 Award Program - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Technology for students
Target
School
Notes

EmpowerEd 2.0 Award Program:

T-Mobile launched the next phase of their EmpowerEd program 2.0, which is a Technology Award for Schools looking to help students secure internet access while away from campus. With this award, qualifying applicants may receive the following:

  • $200 toward equipment purchases (Hotspots, Tablets, Chromebooks, iPads, computers, etc)
  • Unlimited LTE Data for $20
  • Content Filtering
  • Full Implementation

For additional information, please contact:

Pierre Jeanty

Government Account Manager

1400 Opus Place 6th Floor  | Downers Grove, IL 60515

Cell 312-221-8826| pierre.jeanty1@t-mobile.com

Government Care: 844-361-1310

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.

Illinois Arts Council Agency - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Fine Arts
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Illinois Arts Council Agency website:

The Illinois Arts Council Agency serves the people of Illinois through a variety of Grant Programs and Special Initiatives meant to:

  • Support Illinois' Arts Sector: Operating and technical support provided to organizations and programs statewide helps keep Illinois’ arts sector vital, vibrant, and accessible to all.
  • Advance Arts Education: The arts can be a part of the education of every single child in this state through the programs, services, partnerships, and collaborations of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
  • Foster Creativity and Working Artists: Resources, opportunities, and direct support for the work of individual artists -- the foundation of Illinois' creative environment

For additional information on the grants offered, please visit the Illinois Arts Council website.

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.

Nora Roberts Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Nora Roberts Foundation website:

The primary focus of the Nora Roberts Foundation is to support Literacy. Additional areas of focus are: Children's programs, Arts organizations, and Humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please check out the website at http://norarobertsfoundation.org/index.php

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.

Focus
Building Structural Repairs
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Landmarks Illinois website:

Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund grants are intended to provide monetary assistance to significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or re-use evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. The Preservation Heritage Fund was established in 2004.

For additional information, please visit the website -- http://www.landmarks.org/resources/financial-resources/landmarks-illinois-grants-landmarks-illinois/

Regions Bank - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Community Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Regions website:

Anchored in our mission to make life better for our customers, associates, and communities, Regions partners with nonprofit organizations and schools to create inclusive growth with lasting impact for the communities we serve.  We invite eligible organizations that focus on our strategic priorities of economic and community development, education and workforce readiness, and financial wellness to submit a request for a grant or sponsorship by completing this form.

For additional information (and to complete the form), please visit the Regions website at https://survey.regions.com/jfe/form/SV_eP9zE4uiZZTtgu9

 

Schnucks Cares - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Varied
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Schnucks website:

Whether it’s through permitting nonprofit solicitation events, providing donations for a cause that aligns with our corporate giving priorities, or donating to nonprofits through our My Schnucks Card (eScrip) program, we are committed to working together with nonprofit organizations to help strengthen the communities that we call home.

For additional information, and to request a donation, please click on the link -- https://nourish.schnucks.com/community/

 

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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