April Grant and Award Opportunities

Apr 4, 2024

Here is April’s roundup of grants available to libraries with deadlines in the next few months, or with rolling or ongoing deadlines.  Check back each month for an updated list!

Kubota Hometown Proud 2024 Grant
Deadline: April 12, 2024
Do you have a community-based project that could use some support? From community gardens and ag education centers to all-access parks and open space preservation projects, Kubota Tractor Corporation and our network of local dealers want to help with what’s important to you and your community.

ALA Building Library Capacity Grants
Deadline: April 12, 2024
The ALA Building Library Capacity Grants will assist libraries that are or will serve incarcerated persons or assist those re-entering society. It is open to libraries already serving incarcerated persons or services to those re-entering society, or those who would like to use the grant to begin serving incarcerated persons or starting services for those re-entering society.  It is open for both libraries in carceral institutions and those outside carceral institutions. Up to sixteen grants of $10,000 each to selected library to increase their capacity to provide essential services through March 31, 2025. Grants are intended for library operations, including, but not limited to staff salary (direct or indirect,) materials, technology, and in-person or virtual services. Grants are to establish, re-establish, sustain, amplify services, or create newly needed services, to especially serve marginalized populations.

Wyoming Humanities Crossroads Grant 
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Wyoming Crossroads Grants serve to support the larger multi-year thematic initiative of Wyoming Humanities. Through Wyoming Crossroads Grants, nonprofit organizations will be encouraged to explore the idea of growth through change and create programming and project opportunities that dig deep into themes related to Wyoming’s identity, our sense of community, our connection to the land, unwavering persistence, and of course our ability to manage change. The next deadline is Monday, April 15, 2024 for Digital Media or Preservation Projects.

Walmart Spark Good Local Grants
Deadline: April 15, 2024
Walmart believes that strengthening local communities creates value for business as well as society. Each year, Walmart U.S. stores, Sam’s Clubs and Distribution Centers award local cash grants ranging from $250 to $5000. These local grants are designed to address the unique needs of communities. There are four grant cycles per year for this grant program. The first cycle for 2024 begins on March 1.

2024 EBSCO Solar Grants
Deadline: April 17, 2024
For the ninth consecutive year, EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. $300,000 in grants are available to help awarded libraries offset their library expenses by incorporating solar power. All academic, school, and public libraries that are current EBSCO customers are eligible to apply. EBSCO will pay for the initial installation through the grant. The library, town, or college will own the system and be responsible for all post-installation/ongoing maintenance of the solar array. There are several criteria that will be used to assess the viability of each submission, for instance, a site with a large roof surface and a newer roof with a lifespan consistent with a new solar system or space for a ground installation.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
Deadline: May 1, 2024
The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award is an annual award to a school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the current school year. It consists of (1) a $5,000 cash award; (2) a crystal award; and (3) the promotion of the winner as a model program for other school libraries.

OJJDP Arts Programs for Justice-Involved Youth
Deadline: May 21, 2024
With this solicitation, OJJDP seeks to support and strengthen collaborations between arts-based organizations and juvenile justice systems to develop, expand, or enhance promising and effective interventions that provide access to high-quality arts programs with and for current or previous justice-involved youth to reduce juvenile delinquency, recidivism, and/or other problem and high-risk behaviors. OJJDP defines justice-involved youth as those participating in court-ordered diversion programs in detention, correctional, or other residential facilities, and/or are on probation due to a delinquency finding by juvenile court.

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation
Deadline: June 15, 2024
The Rocky Mountain Power Foundation has four grant opportunities throughout the year.  The next opportunity is for community enhancement including: affordable housing, community resilience, community and recreation centers, economic development, libraries, monuments, memorials and science centers. Grants generally are less than $10,000 with most between $2,000 and $5,000.

Jan Stauber-Sherlock Holmes Literacy Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
The mission of the Jan Stauber Grants is to provide needed financial assistance to persons and organizations developing literacy programs and other educational experiences that will introduce young people to Sherlock Holmes. Educators or librarians can be awarded up to $1,000 for a project that encourages young people to read and introduces them to Sherlock Holmes.

Books Save Lives Grant
Deadline: Ongoing
Each Books Save Lives Grant will provide up to $5,000 per school libraryThe grant money must be used toward purchasing diverse books and the books must remain on the shelves for a minimum of three years. Applicants must nominate a school library within the United States to receive a Books Save Lives Grant. Applications may be completed anonymously. The grant must be used to purchase diverse books for school libraries. Winning libraries may select titles and quantities based on book lists provided by WNDB. We will ship the books directly to the school. Note: we will continue adding books to the lists. Winning schools must provide a signed written agreement that the books they receive via the grant will remain on shelves for a minimum of three years.

Art Resources Transfer’s Library Program
Deadline: Ongoing
This program provides free books on contemporary art to public institutions nationwide. Public libraries, public schools, prisons, and reading centers that self-define as under-served are eligible to order free books through our Library Program. Institutions can order anytime throughout the year. Books are entirely free and shipped free of charge.

The Pilcrow Foundations Children’s Book Project Program Grant
DEADLINE: Rolling The Pilcrow Foundation, a national non-profit public charity, provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-$400 through a local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1,200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books. We provide 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.

Wyoming Arts Council Arts Access Project Grant
The Fiscal Year 2024 Arts Access Project Grant application is now open for projects taking place July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. This grant is designed to provide arts project funding for organizations that meet any of the following four criteria: projects increasing arts access for, or primarily serving, people with disabilities; arts projects led by and/or primarily serving BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color); projects involving folk & traditional arts and artists; and organizations in rural communities with a population of less than 3000. An organization is eligible to receive up to $1000 with no match requirement.

Black Hills Corporation Community Giving
Areas of focus are arts and culture, civic and community development, education, environment, human services, and youth development. Giving limited to Black Hills Energy service areas.

BNSF Railway Foundation Grants
Supports organizations and programs that support and improve the general welfare and quality of life in the communities in which BNSF Railway Company operates. Generally, they will consider requests for funding that clearly fall within one or more of the following categories: civic services, cultural organizations, educational institutions, health and human service organizations, youth organizations, and a federally recognized tribal government.

T-Mobile Hometown Grant Program
T-Mobile is investing $25M in 500 rural towns over 5 years to jumpstart projects and build stronger communities. These grants can be used to help upgrade tech at your local library, build new hiking trails, revitalize historic buildings, and more.

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