April 2017 Grant Opportunities



Nora Van Burgh

Wyoming Library Association Nora Van Burgh Development Grants
DEADLINE: July 15; First review of applications May 15

Provides funding assistance to those who wish to enhance their effectiveness as library employees through additional educational experience. The applicant must have been a member of the Wyoming Library Association for two (2) years, be a resident of Wyoming, and be employed in a Wyoming library. Non-degreed library employees are particularly encouraged to apply.

Nora Van Burgh began her career in Wyoming libraries as a student assistant in the Natrona County High School Library. She received her Master’s of Library Science degree from the University of Oregon in 1978 and was employed at Casper College for many years. A strong believer in lifelong learning, she served on the Wyoming Library Association’s Continuing Education Committee. WLA created the Professional Development Grants in 1985 and changed the award name in 1991 to honor her memory.

The Awesome Foundation Innovation in Libraries Grant
DEADLINE: 15th of each month

Each month, innovative, library-related projects will apply for a $1,000 grant. These grants are funded by librarians, for librarians — a community of twenty “trustees” will give or direct $50/month each towards projects they deem worthy of support. Award recipients will be asked to report back publicly on what worked, what didn’t, and what they learned–as well as to make the results of their efforts openly available to others to reuse in communities across the world.

The Snapdragon Book Foundation
DEADLINE: April 16
The Snapdragon Book Foundation was started in order to provide funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Grants will be awarded to public, private, and experimental schools. In a time when many schools are reallocating their funds to technology and audiovisual equipment, this foundations wants to make sure that school libraries are still offering children books to read. Their mission is to provide books for school/educational libraries for disadvantaged students.

Robert C. Oakley Memorial Scholarship
DEADLINE: May 15
A $1,000 scholarship to support research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers who are interested and/or active in intellectual property, public policy, copyright, and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities. Highest consideration will be given to applicants who are librarian(s) in their early-to-mid-careers. Funds may be used for equipment, expendable supplies, travel necessary to conduct, attend conferences, release from library duties or other reasonable and appropriate research expenses.

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