Grants

Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces - Deadline: Friday, January 18, 2019
Focus
Library improvement
Target
Public
Deadline
January 18, 2019
Notes

From the WebJunction website:

Are you …

  • Always thinking about new ways to engage your community with your library’s services?
  • A big-picture thinker who can also manage minute details and get people excited about long-term projects?
  • Looking for an opportunity to reinvigorate your library space to support active learning in your community?

Then read on! OCLC’s WebJunction program, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is accepting applications from small public libraries (serving communities with fewer than 25,000 people) interested in engaging their communities in a process to transform physical space and to support active learning at the library.

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

Aim High Afterschool Awards - Deadline: Friday, January 25, 2019
Focus
Programs for middle school students
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
January 25, 2019
Notes

From the Afterschool Alliance website:

The New York Life Foundation will award 26 grants to out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth through their Aim High grant program. The Aim High program is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in middle school OST programs to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade on time and prepared to succeed in high school. The grant program will fund afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, based on a competitive application process. This year, the Aim High grant program will provide $1,350,000 to support 26 awards nationwide as follows:

  • $100,000 over two years – 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater and annual program budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $50,000 over two years – 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $15,000 for one year – 10 awards will be made to organizations with annual budgets of $150,000 or greater, specifically intended to provide out-of-school-time (OST) programs with the ability to provide additional professional development opportunities to their staff

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.

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries - Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Focus
Promotion of school library awareness
Target
School
Deadline
February 1, 2019
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 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.

Bookapalooza - Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Focus
Collection development
Target
Public, School
Deadline
February 1, 2019
Notes

From the ALA website:

Each year the ALSC office receives nearly 3,000 newly published books, videos, audiobooks, and recordings from children’s trade publishers. These materials, primarily for children age birth through fourteen and are submitted to ALSC award and media evaluation selection committees for award and notables consideration.  After each ALA Midwinter Meeting in January, these materials (published in the preceding year) need to be removed from the ALSC office to make room for a new year of publications.1

The Bookapalooza Program was created to find new homes for these materials. ALSC will select three libraries to receive a Bookapalooza collection of materials to help transform their current collection and provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their communities in creative and innovative ways, and enhance their library service to children and families. Since ALSC receives such a wide variety and assortment of materials, we are unable to guarantee the format and quality of content of all materials provided.

For additional information, and to apply, 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.

Adult Volunteer Literacy Grant Program - Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Focus
Adult literacy
Target
Public
Deadline
February 1, 2019
Notes

From the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State 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 a grant, please click here:  http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/literacy/adultvolunteer.html

Penny Severns Family Literacy Program - Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Focus
Family literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 1, 2019
Notes

From the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State 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.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased skills in reading, writing, math and/or English language for the adult caregiver(s) and children.
  • Increased knowledge of parenting.
  • Increased ability to use the public library.

For additional information and to apply for a grant, please click here:  http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/literacy/familylit.html

Inspire Collection Development Grant - Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Focus
Collection development
Target
School
Deadline
February 1, 2019
Notes

From the ALA website:

Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian, AASL is pleased to offer the Inspire Collection Development Grant, a grant so that an existing public middle or high school can extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school. The program is to satisfy the need to establish or supplement traditional print or online resources in the school library setting in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school.

The Fund is $20,000 per year. The direct assistance grant shall be capped at $5,000. At least four grants per year will be awarded with the total number of grants determined by number of applicants, geographic distribution, and total unmet need as determined by the Jury. Of the total, at least two (2) grants up to $5,000 per year will be awarded to a public middle or high school that has 85% or more of its student population qualified for Free/Reduced Lunch (FRL) program.

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

Work Place Skills Enhancement Grant Program - Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Focus
Adult literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 1, 2019
Notes

From the Illinois Secretary of State 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.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased skills in reading, writing, math and/or English language.
  • Increased ability of employees to maintain employment and secure promotion.
  • Improved safety and productivity at Illinois businesses.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here:  http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/literacy/workplace.html

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants - Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019
Focus
Library programming
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 8, 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.

VAL Travel Scholarships - Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019
Focus
Academic Libraries
Target
Academic
Deadline
February 15, 2019
Notes

From the ALA website:

The Association of College and Research Libraries is offering travel scholarships of up to $2,000 each for librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education. This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries (VAL) Committee to support librarians in their efforts to communicate to our partners in higher education including administrators, scholars, and teachers working in all disciplines. These travel scholarships support the community in taking up a recommendation from the ACRL report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared by OCLC Research and released in September 2017 for download or purchase) that academic librarians effectively communicate their contributions both up to institutional stakeholders and out to other departments.

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

Dollar General Adult Literacy Grants - Deadline: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Focus
Adult literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 21, 2019
Notes

From the Dollar General website:

We award funding to organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED or High School Equivalency Preparation
  • English Language Acquisition

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

Dollar General Family Literacy Grants - Deadline: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Focus
Family literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 21, 2019
Notes

From the Dollar General Literacy Foundation website:

Nonprofit organizations who support the whole family in literacy and are seeking funding are encouraged to apply if they provide the following:

  • Adult Education Instruction
  • Children’s Education
  • Parent and Child Together Time (PACT)

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

Dollar General Summer Reading Grants - Deadline: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Focus
Youth Literacy
Target
Public, School
Deadline
February 21, 2019
Notes

From the Dollar General Literacy Foundation website:

These grants support the creation or expansion of summer reading programs. Local nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries are eligible to apply if their programs meet the following criteria:

  • Target Pre-K – 12th grade students who are new readers
  • Target below grade level readers
  • Assist readers with learning disabilities

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

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries - Deadline: Monday, February 25, 2019
Focus
School Libraries, Community Memory, Digital Inclusion
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
February 25, 2019
Notes

From the Institute of Museum and Library services website:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019. This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities, and awards sizes range from $10,000 to $50,000.

The initiative is in line with the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, Transforming Communities, which includes goals of lifelong learning, increasing public access, and building capacity. APP is a special initiative of National Leadership Grants for Libraries, which support projects that enhance the quality of library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

Categories
Three categories of APP grants are available to applicants:

  • Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies.
     
  • Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories.
     
  • Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

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

Autism Speaks Grants Program - Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019
Focus
Library programming
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 1, 2019
Notes

From the Autism Speaks website:

The Autism Speaks Local Impact Grant Program accepts applications from non-profit, 501(c)3 organizations for grant awards up to $5,000. The Norma and Malcolm Baker Recreation Program grants may be awarded to both non-profit and for-profit organizations up to $5,000. The objective of the Autism Speaks Local Impact Grants is three-fold:

• to promote local services that enhance the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders

• to expand the capacity to effectively serve the ASD community

• to increase the field of national service providers

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

Historical Records Grant Program - Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019
Focus
Historical records
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
March 15, 2019
Notes

IL State Historical Records Advisory Board Announces 2019 Historical Records Grant Program

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 28, 2019 – March 15, 2019

All grant projects will run for one year beginning July 1, 2019.

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. 

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.

Diversity Research Grants - Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019
Focus
Diversity
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
April 15, 2019
Notes

From the ALA website:

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services 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. Proposals are due by midnight Pacific time on April 15, 2019. 

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 awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. Researchers are invited to present interim findings at the News You Can Use Diversity Research Grant Update held each ALA Midwinter Meeting and are asked to publish findings in a publication of their choosing within one year of completing their project.

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

Academic Library Impact Research Grants - Deadline: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Focus
Academic Libraries
Target
Academic
Deadline
April 25, 2019
Notes

From the ALA website:

In 2019 the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will offer grants of up to $3,000 for new research in areas suggested by ACRL’s 2017 report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared for ACRL by OCLC Research and available for download or purchase). This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries (VAL) Committee to support librarians in their efforts to demonstrate the impact of their work to a wider audience.

ACRL invites applications from librarians and information professionals seeking to conduct research that will demonstrate library contributions to student learning and success. The proposed project should aim to build on the foundations of the Academic Library Impact report and fill gaps in existing literature. The committee invites applicants to propose using any investigative methods appropriate to their research questions. These include but are not limited to standard quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as critical evaluations, case studies, reflective essays, and (auto)ethnography. Proposals that involve collaboration between librarians and other higher education stakeholders, such as institutional researchers, faculty, administration, students, or community partners are also welcome.

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

NNLM Reading Club - Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Focus
Health
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
April 30, 2019
Notes

From the National Institute of Health website:

The NNLM Reading Club is a selection of “ready-to-use” fiction and nonfiction book titles along with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support health literacy and their communities’ health information needs by celebrating important National Health Observances through the fun and intimacy of a book club.

Any United States library that is an organizational member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is eligible to apply and to receive one NNLM Reading Club Book Kit from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

Due to the limited supply of federally-sponsored NNLM Reading Club Book Kits, libraries that support outreach to vulnerable populations and meet the NIH Underrepresented in Biomedical Research criteria receive priority status.

For additional information, and to apply for the program, 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.

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

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
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.

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".

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.

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/

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.

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
School libraries
Target
School
Deadline
Ongoing
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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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/ "

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

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.

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