The Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association is proud to sponsor its annual grant program to enable libraries to develop gaming programs or collections for their patrons. Through the 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 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, or online should that event be impacted by COVID-19.
"2021 will be a challenging year for many libraries — tasked with finding new, creative ways to serve our patrons during a pandemic while also facing unprecedented budget and staffing cuts. While we ardently believe gaming in libraries is more important than ever right now, GameRT also recognizes that funding gaming collections or programs may not be a top priority. We are thrilled to be able to offer this grant for a second year in a row." said GameRT President Jessica Parij.
Additional information and an application can be found at http://www.ala.org/rt/gamert/game-grants.