Applications now being accepted for 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries



From the American Library Association 

The American Library Association (ALA) and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2016 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries, which recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature.

The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries awards two grants:

  • The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant provides support to a library that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs.
  • the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant provides support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service or program.

Application deadline is January 25, 2016. More information is available at www.ala.org/gamert/will-eisner-graphic-novel-grants-libraries.

The grants extend graphic novels into a new realm by encouraging public awareness about the rise and importance of graphic literature and honoring the creative excellence of Will Eisner. In a career that spanned nearly eight decades — from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics — Will Eisner is recognized as the “Father of the Graphic Novel.”

Each recipient will receive a $4,000 program and collection development grant plus a collection of Will Eisner’s works and biographies, as well as the graphic novels nominated for the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards at Comic-Con International. The grant award includes a travel stipend for a library representative to travel to the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida to receive recognition from the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation.

The grant is administered by ALA’s Gaming Round Table and the Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Initiative Group. Questions may be directed to ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Initiative Group staff liaison Tina Coleman at ccoleman@ala.org.

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