Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Grant Opportunities

Walmart Community Grant Program
DEADLINE: December 31
The WalMart Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to eligible nonprofit organizations that operate on the local level and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

Sparkfun Community Partnership Program
This program facilitates one-time collaborations between SparkFun and its community partners to support the work of makers in the field. SparkFun supports organizations that support maker values of open source, collaboration, playfulness, learning at all levels, and making the world a better place through the donation of hardware, expertise, or money.

Sony Grants For Education
Sony focuses its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology, and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in those areas. They seek to apply financial, technological, and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required of tomorrow’s workforce.

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation Grant
The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation seeks to fund projects that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability, and childhood health. Grants can range from $500 to several million dollars, but the foundation will not fund more than 25% of a project’s budget or 10% of an organization’s total annual operating expenses.


Nominate Someone for I Love My Librarian Award

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes the public service contributions that librarians make in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations can be made now through September 18 at

Contributions from last year’s winning librarians include providing a safe haven and emergency relief services during natural disasters, working with students with learning or behavioral challenges and youths in foster care and using skills as a former chef to teach the community about cooking healthy meals.

Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony and reception in New York City on November 30, 2017, hosted by the philanthropic foundation and award sponsor, Carnegie Corporation of New York. The ALA will select up to 10 award recipients.

Art Books for Libraries in Underserved Communities

School is nearly out for summer! Before the end of the year, don’t forget to place your institution’s annual order of free art books through A.R.T.’s Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program.

The D.U.C. provides public schools, libraries, and prisons with free books on contemporary art and culture. All public institutions who self-define as underserved are encouraged to create an account and place an order through the website.

Both new and returning participants are asked to share their experience with the D.U.C. by responding to their brief online survey. Even more appreciated are letters describing the D.U.C.’s impact, which support their program development and fundraising efforts.

Grant Opportunities

Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants
DEADLINE: May 12, 2017 
Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation awards grants to libraries, schools, and universities to support activities which raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship during the annual Banned Books Week celebration. Grants are awarded at two levels: $1,000 and $2,500. Grant recipients will also receive an ALA 2017 Banned Books Week PromoKit.

ARSL Conference Scholarships
DEADLINE: June 2, 2017
The Association of Rural and Small Libraries has three scholarships available for its 2017 conference. These are for first time attendees so anyone who has not attended an ARSL conference is invited to apply. Wyoming librarians may also want to look into McMurry Endowment grants if they are interested in going to ARSL and need financial assistance.

The First Year Experience Innovation Awards
DEADLINE: October 1, 2017
Case Western Reserve University and Credo Reference seek to recognize a librarian and library who are innovating new and interesting ways to impact first year college students. Every year, one library and one librarian will receive a prize of $1,500 and award plaque in honor of their outstanding achievement.

Enslow Publishing
Every month Enslow Publishing selects a winner for their free books contest. The winner may choose $100 worth of Enslow titles. No purchase is necessary.