Grants

LBSS Readers' Choice Grant - Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018
Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School
Deadline
April 30, 2018
Notes

LBSS Readers' Choice Grants Available

The Illinois School Library Media Association/Library Book Selection Service Endowment Fund announces its 2018-2019 Readers’ Choice Grant.  Private and public schools along with public libraries registered to participate in any of the 2018-2019 Readers’ Choice programs—Monarch, Bluestem, Rebecca Caudill, or Lincoln Award--are eligible to apply for this competitive grant. (You must be registered for the 2018-2019 program by midnight, April 29, 2018.) Grant recipients will be awarded one set of the 2018-2019 campaign books for the award program indicated on their application.

 

The grant application form, guidelines, checklist, rubric, and FAQ’s are available at the Endowment Fund website www.lbssfund.org.  The application form becomes active March 15, 2018, and all applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2018.  If you have questions about the grant, contact Jean Baile at bailej56@gmail.com or Becky Robinson at execsecretary@islma.org.

2018 Teens' Top Ten Book Giveaway - Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Focus
Youth Literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 1, 2018
Notes

From ALA:

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has opened up the application period for its 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway.

In celebration of the upcoming announcement of the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten nominees on the Thursday of National Library Week, fifty (50) sets of the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten nominees will be given away to libraries in need with funding generously provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. With the set of new titles, libraries will not only be able to further enrich their young adult collection, but also attract teens to the library.

Eligible applicants can apply for the giveaway via the online form now through May 1, 2018. Please note, applicants must be personal YALSA members and be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store to be eligible to apply. Other eligibility requirements also apply. Learn more and apply here.

United for Libraries Baker & Taylor Award - Deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Focus
Friends Groups and Foundations
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 1, 2018
Notes

From the ALA News:

BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania - United for Libraries is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, given to friends of the library groups and library foundations. Applications are due May 1, 2018.

Given annually since 2000, the Baker & Taylor Awards have recognized more than 47 groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Two winning groups will each receive $1,000.

The awards will be given based on a specific project that took place or culminated during the 2017 calendar year. Applications are judged on planning, implementation, evaluation, innovation and community involvement.

Applicants must have a United for Libraries friends or foundation group membership valid through June 2018. Winners will be notified by June 1, 2018. Please contact United for Libraries to verify eligibility prior to preparing an entry. The application form is available at www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/friends/bakertaylor.

Focus
Sangamon, Montgomery, and Christian Counties
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 2, 2018
Notes

From a Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln press release:

Springfield, IL –The Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln is now accepting applications for the Junior League of Springfield Capacity Building Grant Program from nonprofits located in three central Illinois counties: Sangamon, Montgomery and Christian. Capacity building grants are awards of up to $1,500 for attendance by nonprofit staff and board members at trainings and professional development programs of their own choosing. These grants are strategic investments in people and organizations to be used to defray the cost of attending programs targeted at improving the management, governance and leadership of the applicant organization. Nonprofits must apply through the Community Foundation’s website, www.CFLL.org. The submission deadline is May 2, 2018. The maximum grant amount is $1,500, and the organization pays no less than 20% of the total cost. In addition, grants will only support future opportunities, not trainings or professional development that has already occurred. Each organization may apply for one grant.

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

2018 Sara Jaffarian School Library Award - Deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018
Focus
Humanitarian programs
Target
School
Deadline
May 4, 2018
Notes

From the ALA website--

The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming is an annual award of the American Library Association (ALA) that recognizes excellence in humanities programming in libraries that serve children in grades K-8.

School libraries, public or private, that serve K-8 students are eligible. Nominated programs must have taken place during the current school year (2017-18). Programs that are still in progress as of the award deadline are eligible, and libraries are encouraged to self-nominate.

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

Lowe's Community Partners Grant - Deadline: Friday, May 11, 2018
Focus
Strengthening Communities
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 11, 2018
Notes

From the Lowe's website:

Lowe’s Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.

Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000. Our Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteer program is another opportunity for support, which Lowe’s can provide to some grant recipients to help supplement the labor of projects. We encourage applicants to speak to their local store manager to see if this is a possibility before applying. Grants can only be applied for during the cycle dates. It is during this time that a link for the application will be available. For more information, visit our Giving Guidelines or read our FAQ’s. The review process takes 90 days from the cycle close date and applicants will receive a status e-mail after review is completed.

For additional information, please click here.

Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants - Deadline: Friday, May 11, 2018
Focus
Intellectual freedom
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 11, 2018
Notes

From the Freedom to Read Foundation website:

Each year FTRF distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities which raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration (September 23-29, 2018). Libraries, schools and universities are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded at two levels, $1,000 and $2,500. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must not have been a recipient of an FTRF grant within the past five years.
Grantees also receive an ALA 2018 Banned Books Week PromoKit valued at $84 (includes one poster, one roll of stickers, one 50-pack of the “2017 Field Report: Banned and Challenged Books,” one 100-pack of bookmarks, and one tote bag).
Grantees are encouraged to share their events on social media and local press. A follow-up report detailing expenditures, numbers of participants, links to press coverage, and a narrative of the event is due within six weeks of the Banned Books Week celebration.

The 2018 Banned Books Week celebration is September 23-29, 2018. Click here to apply. 

 

Focus
Change & Improvement
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 14, 2018
Notes

From the IMLS website--

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-Libraries) and National Leadership Grants for Museums (NLG-Museums), under which this special initiative falls, support projects that address challenges faced by the library and museum fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful projects will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment.

For additional information, please click here.

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants - Deadline: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Focus
Youth Literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 17, 2018
Notes

From the Dollar General Foundation website--

Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

Deadline to apply: May 17, 2018 (by 10 pm CST)

Grant announcement: August 28, 2018

Maximum grant amount: $4,000

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

Preservation Assistance Grants - Deadline: Monday, May 28, 2018
Focus
Preservation of Historical Documents
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 28, 2018
Notes

Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions—such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities—improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

For additional information, please review the information found on the National Endowment for the Humanities website.

Best Buy Foundation Community Grants - Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Focus
Teens and Technology
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 31, 2018
Notes

From the Best Buy Foundation website--

Best Buy Foundation Ignites Teen Potential through Technology

For half a century, Best Buy has been a catalyst for the rise of technology as a means to improve virtually every aspect of our lives. 

Technology know-how is crucial for young people preparing to enter the job market for the first time. Nearly 80% of jobs over the next decade will require tech skills. We are committed to giving underserved teens hands-on access to the tech education and tools they need to be prepared for the tech-reliant jobs of the future.

We open the door to opportunity with technology training and tools that transform underserved teens from consumers to creator – a new generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, teachers, designers and dreamers.

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

Common Heritage - Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018
Focus
Preservation of Historical Documents
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
May 31, 2018
Notes

From the National Endowment for the Humanities website:

NEH’s “Common Heritage” program supports community digitization and outreach events to increase public awareness and stewardship of heritage collections held by the public.  America’s cultural heritage is preserved not only in libraries, museums, archives, and other community organizations, but also in all of our homes, family histories, and life stories. The Common Heritage program aims to capture this vitally important part of our country’s heritage and preserve it for future generations. NEH has posted new guidelines here.  Applications are due on May 31, 2018.

James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway - Deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Focus
Schools
Target
School
Deadline
July 31, 2018
Notes

From the Scholastic website--

James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway$2 Million and 2 Million Bonus Points FOR CLASSROOM LIBRARIES
4,000 teachers will win $500 and 500 Scholastic Book Clubs Bonus Points for their classroom libraries.

To apply, click here.

Georgia-Pacific Foundation - Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Focus
Education, Environment, Enrichment of Community and Entrepreneurship
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Deadline
October 31, 2018
Notes

From the Georgia-Pacific Foundation website:

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation uses its Four Focus Areas (Four E’s): Education, Environment, Enrichment of Community and Entrepreneurship as guideposts for giving, both in terms of grants provided to nonprofit organizations and in decision-making around employee participation in company-sponsored volunteer programs. The Four E’s enables us to ensure that our charitable giving creates value and translates into strengthening our communities.

For additional information, please click here.  Please note that grant proposals are accepted only from organizations located within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific manufacturing facility.  There are two located in Illinois--in Aurora and Mt. Olive.

 

 

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.

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.

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
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

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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 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/

 

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/

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.

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.

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