Grants

Grants


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, visit the Aldi Corporate Responsibility pages.

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".

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.

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.

First Book Marketplace - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Free Books, Children in Low-Income Communities
Target
Public, School
Notes

First Book believes that education is the best way out of poverty for children in need. First Book aims to remove barriers to quality education for all kids by making everything from brand new books to school supplies, basic needs items, digital learning resources, and more – affordable to its member network of more than 550,000 educators who exclusively serve kids in need. First Book also works with dozens of corporate and nonprofit partners to help subsidize costs even further through special funding opportunities made available exclusively to members.

Organizations must sign up for a free account to access:

  • Low cost books and resources from the First Book Marketplace.
  • Free books from the Book Bank (just pay shipping & handling).
  • Funding opportunities from corporate partners and generous donors.

Eligibility Requirements

Frances R. Dewing Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Early Childhood & Elementary Education
Target
Public, School
Notes

The Frances R. Dewing Foundation supports innovation in early childhood education. Emphasis is placed on new, untried, or unusual projects and programs that, if successful, could have a snowball or ripple effect benefiting the larger educational or local community. Generally, such projects and programs need seed money to develop and try new educational methods and tools. The foundation provides seed money through small grants, generally ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.

Eligibility Requirements

Application Procedures

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.

Focus
Travel
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the ILA website:

For librarians and library staff who have faced structural barriers to national participation, including those eligible for ALA’s Spectrum Scholarships (those who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander); people with disabilities; and people who identify as LGBTQUIA+; and rural librarians or library staff. 

For additional information, follow this link.

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
Community Support
Target
Public
Notes

From the ARSL website--

The Penguin Random House Grants for Small & Rural Libraries offers funding to small and rural libraries. The program will award grants to libraries that demonstrate a true need. Grants are not limited to literacy and may be used for everything from library programming and books to resources like hotspots that help community members access important information. In-kind donations will also be considered.

This is a rolling grant application, with batches of applications going under review every 8 weeks beginning December 17, 2021.

For the submission schedule windows and to apply, visit the ARSL 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

T-Mobile Hometown Grants - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Rural Communities, Revitalizing Community Spaces, Local Connections
Target
Public
Notes

The T-Mobile Hometown Grants program will help fund projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections in your town. For example, this might include the town square pavilion, a historic building, an outdoor park, a ball field, or a library. Every town has places where friends and neighbors connect! The deadline for the grant applications are quarterly.

Eligibility Requirements & Application

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
Literacy, Children
Target
Public, School
Notes

The Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children. Programs that demonstrate innovation or a unique approach will receive favorable attention in evaluation. New literacy programs are welcome to apply, as are those with a proven record of effectiveness.

Programs may introduce or assist pre-school children in the enjoyment of books, or increase school-age children's reading skills. Literacy activities can take a variety of forms and can take place in a variety of environments, including but not limited to classrooms, after-school settings, community centers, libraries or other public spaces, or in the home. Innovative, positive approaches are desired.

View Literacy Program Info & How to Apply

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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