Grants

Partners for Middle School STEM - Deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Focus
Middle School age library programming
Target
Public
Deadline
November 15, 2018
Notes

From the Urban Libraries Council website:

The Urban Libraries Council and the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning are partnering on the Partners for Middle School STEM project, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project is intended to catalyze the adoption of multi-sector partnerships and the development of pilot STEM projects led by public libraries to reach low-income middle school youth.
The Urban Libraries Council is seeking applications from public libraries interested in joining a learning cohort to explore strategies for building multi-sector partnerships to develop STEM learning pilots for low-income middle school youth (ages 10 – 13). Up to six library systems will be selected to participate in the learning cohort from January 2019 through May 2020.

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

ALA Great Stories Club Grant - Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018
Focus
Teens, Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
November 16, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

The ALA Great Stories Club is a thematic reading and discussion program that engages teens who are facing difficult challenges through literature-based library outreach programs. An expansion of ALA's long-standing Great Stories Club program model, the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) series will feature books that explore questions of race, equity, identity, and history, and support racial healing sessions with participating libraries, their community partners, and their teen readers. Both TRHT series — "Deeper Than Our Skins" and "Finding Your Voice" — are supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Participating libraries will work with small groups of approximately 10 teens; provide up to four theme-related books for each participant to keep as their own; convene opportunities for exploration and discussion of relevant humanities content among peers; and offer at least one interactive session for program conveners and participants led by a racial healing practitioner(s). Book discussions will be led by an experienced programming librarian, often in cooperation with staff from a partner organization or department, such as teachers and counselors.

For additional information, please click here.

American Creed: Community Conversations - Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018
Focus
Community
Target
Public
Deadline
November 19, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with Citizen Film and the National Writing Project, invites public libraries to apply for programming grants to host community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America's ideals and identity ought to be.

For additional information, please click here.

Focus
Library programming
Target
Public
Deadline
December 1, 2018
Notes

From the Libraries and Autism website:

Libraries and Autism is accepting applications for its Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More grant program. This grant is funded by Barbara Klipper, librarian and author.

Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Any type of library in the United States or Canada can apply, and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Applicants may initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing, successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service they already offer. All programs or services must benefit people with autism and/or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, to buy program materials, to pay for staff, etc.

 

For more information, and to apply for the grant, please click here.

Baker & Taylor/YALSA Collection Development Grant - Deadline: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Focus
Collection development
Target
Public
Deadline
December 1, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

Purpose
To award $1,000 for collection development to YALSA members who represent a public library and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18. Up to two grants will be awarded annually.

Criteria
Each application will be judged on the basis of:

  1. The degree of need for additional materials for young adults.
  2. The degree of the current collection's use and the specificity of examples used.
  3. The soundness of the rationale for the selection of materials.
  4. The quality of the description of the benefits this grant will bring to young adults.
  5. The degree to which the applicant's approach to collection development aligns with the principles in The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action

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

2018 ALSC/Candlewick Press Light the Way Grant - Deadline: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Focus
Services for the underserved
Target
Public
Deadline
December 1, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Candlewick Press in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, will go to a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.

The winning project should be well thought-out, appropriate to the target population, doable, and replicable by other libraries. Each applicant will be judged on the following:

  • Project Information- The outline should include goals, measures of success, a timeline with action steps, and how the project will be documented.
  • Target Population- Descriptions of the community served by your library, including a concise economic and demographic profile. Detail community benefits, outreach, and the various players involved in promoting the program to the underserved population in your area.

Applicants must be members of the American Library Association. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 1, 2018.

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

American Dream Grant for Adult Literacy Service - Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018
Focus
Adult literacy
Target
Public
Deadline
December 14, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Up to 16 grants of $10,000 each will be awarded. Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office.

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

Air Force Association Grants for Education - Deadline: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Focus
Schools
Target
School
Deadline
December 15, 2018
Notes

From the Air Force Association website:

When teachers or instructors propose innovative, aerospace-themed projects, they unleash their students’ imaginations and encourage bright minds to explore futures in STEM fields. Unfortunately, sometimes a lack of funding prevents these projects from becoming a reality. AFA is proud to step in and offer three types of education grants to make sure those dreams become reality.

For additional information, please click here.

2019 Herb Biblo Travel Grant - Deadline: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Focus
Social Responsibility
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
December 15, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

The Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association (SRRT) is pleased to announce the first annual Herb Biblo Conference Travel Grants to help finance up to two SRRT members' attendance at the ALA Annual Conference. The $1000 award covers limited fees related to airfare, lodging, and conference registration.

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

Focus
Insurance education and outreach
Target
Public
Deadline
December 15, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website:

PLA, along with nearly a dozen other organizations throughout the U.S., is working to promote health insurance enrollment. Our primary goal is to promote enrollment in the health insurance marketplace during the Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act. PLA will do this by distributing quality materials and communications and offering 120 mini-grants of $300 to U.S. public libraries to disseminate, offer education, and encourage their communities to enroll in the health insurance Marketplace during the Open Enrollment period between November 1 and December 15, 2018.

For additional information, and to apply for the mini-grant, please click here.

Walmart Community Grant Program - Deadline: Monday, December 31, 2018
Focus
Supporting the needs of communities
Target
Public, School
Deadline
December 31, 2018
Notes

From the Walmart website:

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

  • Community Grants range from a minimum of $250 to the maximum grant of $5,000.
  • Organizations must submit an online application to be considered for funding.
  • The 2018 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2018 and the application deadline is Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Applications may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain active in our system for 90 days, and at the end of this period they will be automatically rejected.
  • Organizations may only submit and/or receive 25 applications.

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

Big Lots Foundation Grants - Deadline: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Focus
Children
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
January 1, 2019
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.

2019 Summer Resources Learning Grant - Deadline: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Focus
Youth Literacy
Target
Public, School
Deadline
January 1, 2019
Notes

From the ALA website:

Twenty-five summer learning resources grants, worth $1,000 each, will be awarded to libraries in need to allow them to provide resources and services to teens who are English language learners, struggling in school and/or who are from socio-economically challenged communities. Twenty-five teen summer intern program grants, also worth $1,000 each, will be awarded to libraries to provide teens a chance to build hands-on job skills while supporting the implementation of summer learning programs.

This grant is sponsored by YALSA and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  Additional information can be found at https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/29oj7Mla96URB

Teen Summer Intern Program Grant - Deadline: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Focus
Youth Literacy
Target
Public, School
Deadline
January 1, 2019
Notes

From the ALA website:

Twenty-five teen summer intern program grants, also worth $1,000 each, will be awarded to libraries to provide teens a chance to build hands-on job skills while supporting the implementation of summer learning programs.

This grant is sponsored by ALA (YALSA) and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.  Additional information can be found at https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/wt5m2cEbzg4T4RFa10e

 

Live and Learn Construction Grant - Deadline: Friday, January 11, 2019
Focus
Library construction projects
Target
Public
Deadline
January 11, 2019
Notes

From the Illinois State Library:

Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is pleased to announce that applications for the FY2019 Live & Learn Construction Grant Program are now open to public libraries.  Information about the grant program is available at: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/constructgrants.html.

The website provides access to Live & Learn Construction Grant Program, requirements and a link to the grant application.  Applications are due to the State Library on or before January 11, 2019.

A grant information webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 11 at 10 a.m.  During the webinar, State Library staff will provide an overview of the program including eligibility requirements, grant categories, rules and regulations governing the program, application procedures, required supporting documentation, grant submission and review procedures. Staff will also take general questions regarding any aspect of the program. Registration for the webinar must be done through L2. The webinar will be recorded and archived for those unable to attend.

For more information, contact Mark Shaffer.

Focus
Financial aid
Target
Public
Deadline
January 15, 2019
Notes

From the Illinois State Library:

The FY19 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant application and FY17 Expenditure Report forms are now available at

http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html

The application and the FY2016 expenditure report(s) are due January 15, 2019 and must be sent at the same time!

Following are simple, basic instructions on how to save a PDF grant form to a computer WITHOUT opening the file in a web browser.  

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants - Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019
Focus
Library programming
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
January 18, 2019
Notes

From the ALA website:

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature. Beginning this year the juries from the newly established Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table will select three recipients for the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries – two Growth Grant recipients and one Innovation Grant recipient.

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

Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant - Deadline: Thursday, January 31, 2019
Focus
Collection development
Target
Public, School
Deadline
January 31, 2019
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. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools, underfunded libraries, and other community organizations. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee believes children’s lives must be saturated with books and reading opportunities. An enduring message of the Committee's Public Awareness Campaign is that books and reading can only add value to children's lives if books are present with opportunities to read. The Book Donation Grant addresses these objectives.

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. Three organizations that demonstrate need and potential benefit from receiving the collection are selected. All three libraries/organizations will receive copies of titles submitted for consideration for the 2019 awards, including a full set of the year's winning titles.

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

Innovative Reading Grant - Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Focus
Children's programming
Target
School
Deadline
February 1, 2019
Notes

From the AASL 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 click here.

Focus
Conference participation
Target
School
Deadline
February 1, 2019
Notes

From the ALA website:

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition. The conference will be held Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky.

The $750 grants for first-time attendees of the conference are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books. Those interested in applying can access the application at www.ala.org/aasl/btsb_grants. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. Central time on Fri., Feb. 1, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

2019 Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program - Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Focus
Library programming
Target
Public, School
Deadline
March 31, 2019
Notes

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the country, is putting out its annual call for proposals.

Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect imagination and a desire to make learning fun. The Foundation welcomes Mini-Grant proposals focusing on any subject. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants in May, allowing educators to plan for the next academic year.

 

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

NIH Health Sciences Library Project Award - Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Focus
Health Sciences libraries
Target
Special
Deadline
April 30, 2019
Notes

From the NIH website:

The purpose of the Health Sciences Library Project Award is to support health sciences librarians as conduits of information management, access, and delivery within their institution and/or outreach community. Hospital libraries, community college libraries, libraries supporting 2- and 4-year degrees in the health sciences and libraries at medical schools are encourage to apply.

For additional information, please click here.

Focus
Children's literacy
Target
Public, School
Deadline
Ongoing
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
Various
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

Harvey Firestone, Jr. Foundation
2000 Brush Street
Suite 440
Detroit, MI
48226

Phone: 313-961-0500

Primary Contact:
Ms. Christine Jaggi

Geographic Scope:
Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island

Type of Organization: Foundation

Total Annual Giving:  $6,003,000

Grant Range: $500 - $105,000

Average Grant: $500 - $5,000

Grant Details:
Occasionally, much larger grants are made.

Eligibility Requirements:
Nonprofit organizations

Application Deadlines:
None

Areas of Interest:
The Harvey Firestone, Jr. Foundation gives to nonprofit organizations primarily in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island.

The Foundation main areas of interest include:

  • arts and culture, including museums;
  • Christian churches and organizations;
  • education;
  • environment;
  • hospitals;
  • human services; and,
  • libraries.

Types of support include general operating and project support.

The Foundation does not give to individuals.

Application Procedures:
Interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request. Applicants should also include a copy of the IRS letter confirming tax-exempt status and the most recent financial statement.

The Snapdragon Book Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
School libraries serving disadvantaged students
Target
School
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The Snapdragon Book Foundation seeks to foster children's literacy by providing grants to school libraries serving disadvantaged youth.

Grants are awarded to public, private, and experimental schools throughout the United States.

In a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, the Foundation hopes to make sure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read.

Acceptable uses of grant money include:

  • books that will be used repeatedly by school-aged children through classroom libraries or a central library;
  • processing or cataloging fees from book vendors;
  • reference materials for use by students; and,
  • magazine or newspaper subscriptions.

Schools will be able to apply for these grants for 2018 in January.  For additional information, and an application, click here.

Ameren Illinois - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Environment, Youth and Education, Civic and Community
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

From the Ameren Illinois website:

Our goal is to continually enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve. To help accomplish that goal, our contributions may support:  

  • Environment - Supporting initiatives that preserve and protect our natural resources (Right Tree Right Place)
  • Youth and Education - Delivering programming and resources that give our young people every opportunity for success
  • Civic and Community - Assisting organizations whose services are focused on improving the quality of life for residents and businesses in our communities
  • Health and Human Services - Providing resources needed to help our most vulnerable citizens live productive, physically and socially active lives
  • Arts and Culture - Creating vibrant, culturally diverse communities that give residents opportunities for enrichment

For additional information, please click here.

The H.W. Wilson Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Libraries & higher education institutions
Target
Public, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The H. W. Wilson Foundation
420 Lexington Avenue
Suite 2450
New York, NY
10170

Phone: 212-972-6490
Url: http://www.thwwf.org

Primary Contact:  Mr. William Stanton, Executive Director

Grant Range: $500 - $100,000

Average Grant: $10,000

Eligibility Requirements:  Libraries and higher education institutions

Application Deadlines:  None. Requests are reviewed monthly.

Areas of Interest:
The H. W. Wilson Foundation primarily provides support for libraries and programs associated with libraries.

The Foundation also provides support for higher education institutions offering advanced library science degrees, including scholarship programs for library science students.

Grants are not made for buildings, operating funds, or endowments.

Application Procedures:
Interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request.

Focus
Illinois history
Target
Public, School, Special
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

To celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018 and to spark curiosity about Illinois history and its implications for our state’s present and future, Illinois Humanities, in partnership with the Illinois State Historical Society, is launching a grants program entitled Forgotten Illinois.

Why We’re Doing It: The core question to which this program responds is, “What can lesser-known features of Illinois history tell us about the ever-evolving identity of our state?” By shedding light on chapters of our history that are significant despite their obscurity, and by using media and digital storytelling platforms to make them widely accessible, Forgotten Illinois intends to engage numerous partners throughout the state in feeding curiosity about the many facets that comprise Illinois’s complex identity.

Here’s How It Works: We are making grants available to support Forgotten Illinois activities during all three of our 2018 grant cycles: Jan. 15, 2018, May 15, 2018, and Sept. 15, 2018. Applicants should use the Action category grants application form, and include the words “Forgotten Illinois” in the opening sentence of their project narrative. They should also indicate whether they are applying in the scholarly research, artistic interpretation, or school-based activity category.

For additional information, visit the Illinois Humanities website -- https://www.ilhumanities.org/program/community-grants/

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

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

 

Kars4Kids - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
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
Construction and facilities
Target
Public
Deadline
Ongoing
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.

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

Focus
Books
Target
Public, School
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The Roads to Reading Literacy Initiative (RTRLI) provides grants of new children’s books as educational resources to schools, child-care centers, and nonprofit organizations serving children in need from birth to age 16. Donated books must be used for on-site literacy programs that target underserved communities and are administered by the applicant organization. RTRLI provides books for circulation and story time in school and public libraries; for remedial reading programs in schools, after-school programs, and community centers; and for story time in home daycares and daycare centers. Preference is given to libraries in small communities and to programs that provide structured remedial reading instruction and have been in existence for at least six months.

For additional information, click here.

Awesomeness in the Universe - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Innovative practices
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is a worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding "awesomeness in the universe." Established in 2009, the foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled from ten or more self-organizing “micro-trustees." The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest.
Awesome projects range from public artwork to mobile applications to scientific experiments. Projects are not strictly defined, but tend to challenge and expand our understanding of individual and communal potential. They should also bring communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment, however temporary. Grants are provided with no strings attached, and the foundation claims no ownership over the projects it supports.
Chapters are divided by geography and by topic of interest. While specifying a chapter to apply to is not necessary (all chapters can view the applications received by all other chapters), many chapters show a preference for local projects.
The Awesome Foundation is open to all people and organizations. There are no prerequisites to apply. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as examples of previously funded projects, see the Awesome Foundation website.

Focus
Disaster Recovery
Target
School
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to support public, middle or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The grant also provides funding to schools impacted by an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.

"When disaster strikes and a school library is damaged or destroyed, children lose more than books and other resources,” said Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian. “They lose dreams and escapes, explorations and inspirations, connections and validations, growth and depth, opportunities to learn, create, and understand. However, while these losses affect students, teachers, and parents profoundly, the library collection does not rank very high among the priorities of a school struggling in the aftermath of such an experience. Thus, the purpose of this grant is to provide the seeds, if not the total solutions, for the restoration of this vital key to learning and teaching."

A total of $30,000 in funding is available each year. Grant amounts awarded to applicants will be dependent on several variables, including: total number of applicants, geographic distribution and total unmet need. Grant funds can be used to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment. A jury will determine the final grant amount.

“The school library is the heart and hub of the school’s learning community,” said Audrey Church, AASL president. “It provides access not only to the resources and tools required for learning, but also to a warm, thought-provoking, and safe environment in which learning can take place. Through Marney’s generosity, students experiencing fear and uncertainty will once again have access to a familiar safe haven and quality resources. We cannot thank Marney enough for her support of our students.” 

Criteria, eligibility, and application requirements can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards

The American Association of School Librarians www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

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

Focus
Kids' Health and Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
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 as $500 check from Kohls!  More information can be found at http://aia.kohls.com.  To schedule an event, contact your local Kohls store.

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

Focus
Free books
Target
Public, School
Deadline
Ongoing
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.

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

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

TechSoup - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Technology
Target
Public
Deadline
Ongoing
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/ "

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

 

Lowe's Small Grants - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
non-educational focused projects
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
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 -- http://responsibility.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant/

Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
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

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

Innovation in Libraries - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Library projects
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
Ongoing
Notes

From the Awesome Foundation website:

We believe that strong libraries create better educated citizens and communities with stronger social ties.

The Awesome Libraries Chapter was created by a small working group of passionate librarians within Library Pipeline who wanted to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Naturally, we embedded these principles into the grant selection guidelines. We are thankful for our dedicated team of trustees and sponsors who make this initiative possible.

If you have an awesome library project that fits within these principles, we want your application!

We will fund projects on a quarterly model in 2018: March/June/September/December

Applications are welcome at any time.

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

    Subscribe to IHLS - Grants