Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Apply to Host ‘Thinking Money for Kids’

From the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA), in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, invites public libraries to apply to be part of a national tour of the traveling exhibition Thinking Money for Kids.

Inspired by the success of the popular Thinking Money exhibit, Thinking Money for Kids is a new financial literacy experience for children ages 7 to 11, as well as their parents, caregivers and educators. The interactive exhibit will help children understand what money is, its function in society, money choices, and money values, such as fairness, responsibility and charitableness.

The exhibit will travel to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2019 and 2021. Applications will be accepted until February 8, 2019.

Read the full project guidelines and apply online.

Selected libraries will receive:

  • the 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibition for a six-week loan,
  • a $1,000 programming allowance,
  • expenses paid for an orientation workshop at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., and
  • programming resources and support.

Participating libraries will be required to hold a minimum of four public programs related to the personal finance themes explored in the exhibition and fulfill other marketing and reporting requirements.
Thinking Money for Kids will be administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office.

ALA and the FINRA Foundation have partnered since 2007 on Smart investing@your library, a program that supports library efforts to provide patrons with effective, unbiased educational resources about personal finance and investing.

Grant Opportunities

Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Planning
DEADLINE: January 15, 2019
The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program is designed to strengthen the capacity of multi-sector consortia to address substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder (OUD) in rural counties identified to be at the highest risk. The overall goal of the program is to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses in high-risk rural communities.

Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces
DEADLINE: 6:00 p.m. MST, January 18, 2019
Fifteen small public libraries serving rural or remote communities will receive support to transform cramped or underutilized spaces into vibrant, dynamic, active learning places. Recipients will receive a $5,000 sub-grant and engage in online learning with the WebJunction team from March 2019 to May 2020.

Bostitch Creativity in the Classroom Grant
DEADLINE: January 20, 2019
The office supply company Bostitch is offering a chance for two teachers to win a $250 grant for creative supplies for their classroom. To be considered, teachers need to submit a lesson plan of their own creation that they believe exemplifies creativity in the classroom. Bostitch will chose the winning lesson plans based on creativity, originality, and impact. All applicants must be employed full time as teachers at an elementary school, middle school, or high school in the United States.

Thinking Money for Kids Traveling Exhibition
DEADLINE: February 8, 2019
This interactive exhibit will help children understand what money is, its function in society, money choices, and money values, such as fairness, responsibility and charitableness. The exhibit will travel to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2019 and 2021. Selected libraries will receive the 1,000-square-foot traveling exhibition for a six-week loan, a $1,000 programming allowance, expenses paid for an orientation workshop at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., and programming resources and support. Participating libraries will be required to hold a minimum of four public programs.

Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
DEADLINE: February 15, 2019
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, list serve, etc.). Applicants do not have to be ALA members to apply.

InfyMakers Awards Contest
DEADLINE: February 21, 2019
Through the Infy Maker Awards, Infosys Foundation USA has expanded opportunities for more students across the U.S. to engage in making and has supported Makers with innovative solutions to important local and global problems. The contest is open to K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations who aim to create more opportunities for students to engage in hands-on, interdisciplinary learning through making. Ten organizations will each receive a $10,000 grant.

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries
DEADLINE: February 25, 2019
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is offering funding opportunities to strengthen the
ability of small and rural libraries with awards that range from $10,000 to $50,000. There are three categories of grants: Transforming School Library Practice, Community Memory, and Digital Inclusion.

Reiman Foundation Grants
The Reiman Foundation accepts applications for grants with a focus on healthcare, education, the arts, and children. This application has no specific form and allows the applicant to provide the information they believe is most important to showcasing the intended project and the benefit it will provide.

Applications Open for Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

Hot Springs Library, Hot Springs, North Carolina, Smart Spaces participant. Photo credit: WebJunction.

OCLC’s WebJunction program is accepting applications for the next round of the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project. This exciting opportunity is available for small/rural public libraries that serve communities of fewer than 25,000 and are looking to collaborate with their community in re-imagining a space in their library to support hands-on active learning.

Deadline is 6:00 p.m. MST on Friday, January 18, 2019.

Grants and Awards

ALA Trustee Citation
DEADLINE: January 7, 2019
The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the esti­mated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards. It is presented during the Opening General Session of the ALA Annual Conference. Recipients are expected to be present to accept the award, and expenses for attending must be borne by the recipients or their library orga­nizations.

Loleta D. Fyan Grant
DEADLINE: January 11, 2019
The grant, up to $5,000, is to be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. The project should: result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide; have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need; be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and be capable of completion within one year.

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP)
DEADLINE: February 25, 2019
APP is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program that supports projects that strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries and archives to serve their communities. IMLS invites applications that focus on transforming school library practice, community memory, and digital inclusion. Awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Lola Homsher Research Grant
DEADLINE: February 28, 2019
The Wyoming State Historical Society offers cash grants to people involved in research activities based on various aspects of the state’s history. The grants, ranging from $100.00 up to $1500.00 are awarded based on applications submitted to the Society’s Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Committee. Preference is given to proposals that promise original research on topics related to Wyoming history. Wyoming residents are also given preference, but all applications are welcome.

Archives Collaboratives: Planning Grants
DEADLINE: April 4, 2019
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that will make collections from small and under-represented archives more readily available for public discovery and use. The grant program will fund Archives Collaboratives to share best practices, tools, and techniques among partners; assess institutional strengths and opportunities; and develop plans and management structures for long-term sustainability and growth.

NNLM Reading Club Book Kits
DEADLINE: April 30, 2019
The NNLM Reading Club is a selection of “ready-to-use” fiction and nonfiction book titles along with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support health literacy and their communities’ health information needs.

Bank of the West Charitable Investments
Bank of the West supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life,
particularly of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Public nonprofit organizations in the following counties are eligible to apply: Albany, Campbell, Carbon, Converse, Fremont, Goshen, Laramie, Lincoln, Natrona, Niobrara, Park, Platte, Sheridan, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton, Uinta, and Washakie. Grants are awarded for education and job training as well as for community and economic development.

Big Grant Opportunities for Small Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.

This new funding opportunity is designed specifically to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities; awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000.

The initiative is in line with the IMLS Strategic Plan 2018-2022, Transforming Communities, which includes goals of lifelong learning, increasing public access, and building capacity. APP is a special initiative of National Leadership Grants for Libraries, which support projects that enhance the quality of library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice.

Three categories of APP grants are available to applicants:

  • Transforming School Library Practice: School libraries support learning and the development of critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. IMLS is interested in furthering how school library professionals can serve as integral instructional partners to classroom teachers. Grant projects could include programs and services that prepare students for success in college, career, and life, or foster early, digital, information, health, financial, media, civic, and other types of literacies.
  • Community Memory: Libraries and archives not only serve as stewards of our nation’s knowledge and collections, but also as trusted spaces for community engagement and dialogue. This project category centers on engaging local communities in the collection, documentation, and preservation of their local histories, experiences, and identities. Proposals could include events and programs to digitize materials related to community histories, such as photographs, artifacts, or texts, or oral history projects that involve community members in the documentation and preservation of local histories.
  • Digital Inclusion: Libraries have an important role in promoting digital inclusion and increasing access to information, ideas, and networks. This category focuses on projects that support the role libraries play in promoting digital literacy, providing internet access, and enabling community engagement through civic data and civic technology. Grant proposals could include programs supporting broadband access and wireless networks to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

Grantees in this initiative will participate in communities of practice based on their project category. Three third-party mentor organizations will lead these cohorts, providing expert guidance and facilitating communication between grantees.

Two pre-application webinars will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants. Recordings of the webinars will also be made available on the IMLS website. The webinars, which will each cover the same material, are scheduled for:

For information about how to participate in the webinars or to access the webinar recordings, see the IMLS webinar page.

Grants and Awards

APA Librarian Conference Travel Awards
DEADLINE: November 30, 2018
The APA Librarian Conference Travel Awards are intended to support early- and mid-career librarians who are seeking to attend conferences in order to grow as professionals. Applicants must be currently employed as a librarian at an academic or health sciences library, and have less than 15 years of experience in a library after receiving their MLS.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
Deadline: November 30, 2018
Want to attend a conference or workshop to build your library skills? Take an online course? Start working toward that library media specialist endorsement or master’s degree in library science? Funds are available to those working or volunteering in Wyoming libraries through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education. Applications are accepted six times during the year. The next deadline is November 30 for continuing education events starting no earlier than January 1, 2019.

Intersections in Health Equity ALA Midwinter Preconference Grants
DEADLINE: December 3, 2018
Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity will be held on January 25, 2019 during ALA Midwinter in Seattle, WA. This interactive preconference will help participants learn how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy and ensure a lasting impact for improving health in their communities. Up to ten professional development awards for preconference attendance are available to public service and programming staff. Eligible costs for this award includes the preconference ticketed event, roundtrip coach airfare, lodging costs, and per diem for meals up to $1,000 total.

National Friends of Libraries Week Award
DEADLINE: December 4, 2018
United for Libraries coordinated the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2018. Libraries and Friends across the country celebrated with city and statewide proclamations, and events including fundraisers, membership drives, author signings, and more. Two Friends groups will receive the National Friends of Libraries Week Award, $250 each, in honor of their celebrations during the week.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: December 15, 2018
These grants provide support to Wyoming librarians and publicly accessible Wyoming libraries in three areas: education and training, library resources, and library foundation development. Two grant deadlines annually in June and December. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions at or (307) 777-6339.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant
DEADLINE: January 31, 2019
Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools, underfunded libraries and other community organizations.

Grants and Awards

Libraries Ready to Code
DEADLINE: November 8, 2018
The American Library Association will award $500 mini-grants to school and public libraries that facilitate a program for youth during Computer Science Education Week, December 3-9, 2018, using Google’s CS First Hour of Code activity. This year, the Scratch-based activity encourages creativity in storytelling so youth can incorporate their own interests while learning to code.

EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award
DEADLINE: December 10, 2018
The EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award is an annual recognition bestowed upon a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less in a manner demonstrating excellent service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. The award comes with a plaque and a
$1,000 cash award.

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program
DEADLINE: March 31, 2019
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools, preschools, and libraries across the country, is putting out its annual call for proposals. Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect imagination and a desire to make learning fun.

NARCAN® Nasal Spray Public Libraries Program
Public libraries in the United States are eligible to receive 1 carton of NARCAN® Nasal Spray (2 doses) along with educational materials to facilitate Opioid Awareness Training for the community.

Awesome Foundation Grants
Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? The Awesome Foundation awards $1,000 grants every month. Awesome projects include initiatives in a wide range of areas including arts, technology, community development, and more. Many awesome projects are novel or experimental, and evoke surprise and delight.

Last Call for Movers & Shakers Nominations

The deadline is fast approaching but there’s still time. Nominations for the 2019 class of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers will be accepted through November 2, 2018.

The editors of Library Journal need your help identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Movers & Shakers profiles 50 or more up-and-coming, innovative, creative individuals from around the world — both great leaders and behind-the-scenes contributors — who are providing inspiration and model programs for others.

Nominate a deserving Wyoming librarian.

Wyoming has had three librarians named as Movers and Shakers in past years: Amy J. Shelley in 2003, Jamie Markus in 2009, and Carrie Lucas in 2015.

From librarians and non-degreed library workers to publishers, vendors, coders, entrepreneurs, reviewers, and others who impact the library field, Movers & Shakers 2019 will celebrate those people who are moving all types of libraries ahead.

Grant Opportunities

Great Stories Club Series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
DEADLINE: November 16, 2018
ALA’s Great Stories Club is a thematic reading and discussion program that engages underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs. Grantee benefits include 11 paperback copies of up to four books on the reading list; a programming grant of up to $1,200; travel and accommodation expenses paid for attendance at a two-day orientation workshop in Chicago; and additional resources, training, and support from ALA’s Public Programs Office.

American Creed: Community Conversations
DEADLINE: November 19, 2018
Public library programming grants to host community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be. Up to 50 public libraries will be selected to receive a DVD of the American Creed documentary for their circulating collections; access to a high-quality, projection-ready download of the film, with public performance rights (PPR) included; a $300 stipend to support speaker fees for an eligible public humanities scholar, or access to a representative from the National Writing Project to serve as program moderator; and additional training, resources, and support.

Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More
DEADLINE: December 1, 2018
Are you thinking about developing a new program or service at your library for children, teens or adults with autism (or you would like to expand an existing program)? Do you want to be more supportive of neurodiversity? Adaptive materials and activities that you provide for people with autism are also inclusive of other neurodevelopmental needs, such as ADHD and Down syndrome.

Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Award
DEADLINE: December 1, 2018
This grant, awarded by the ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section, is to provide librarians and paraprofessionals new to the preservation field with the opportunity to attend a professional conference and encourages professional development through active participation at the national level. Award amount: $1,250

Social Media in the Classroom Grant
DEADLINE: December 3, 2018
The Question: How are you using social media to enhance the learning experiences of your students? Enter with either an 800-1,000 word essay or in a 2-3 minute video explaining how you use social media to enhance the learning experience of your classroom. Two winners will be chosen and receive a prize of $1,000 each to use in their classrooms.

Sharing the Gift of Literacy
DEADLINE: December 15, 2018
To celebrate the Toys for Tots Literacy Program 10th anniversary, The UPS Store is giving away $10,000 worth of books and educational resources each to ten organizations that serve underprivileged children across the country. A judging panel will select winners using the following criteria: organization serves disadvantaged children (40%); clearly defines the mission and impact of the organization (30%); and compelling description for need/usage of books and educational resources for children (30%).

Grant Opportunities

Whole Kids Foundation Gardens Grant
DEADLINE: October 15, 2018
The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to helping kids eat better and enjoy it. The foundation will provide $2,000 grants to support new or existing edible school gardens.

Whole Kids Foundation Bee Grant
DEADLINE: October 15, 2018
Grants and/or equipment support for an educational bee hive for a K-12 school or non-profit organization.

Big Lots Foundation
DEADLINE: January 1, 2019
Big Lots Foundation funds support programs that will enhance the lives of children and families in the areas of hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. Priority will be given to programs serving women and children. Applicants must have a 501(c)3 public nonprofit status and be located in the United States where near Big Lots stores or distribution centers.

Wish You Well Foundation
To support adult and family literacy in the United States, Wish You Well Foundation is fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants range in size from $200–$10,000. Institutions must have 501(c)3 status.

Kids Need to Read
In order to increase literacy in low-income neighborhoods and schools, Kids Need to Read aims to provide inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs. They believe that every child should have access to high-quality reading material, and that this access will inspire growth for them and their communities. Institutions are eligible if they are a governmental agency or 501(c)3 tax exempt organization that serve at least 50% of children at or below the national poverty rate. (Schools may use free and reduced lunch data for poverty level rates).