Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Grant Opportunities



Libraries Lead with Digital Skills
DEADLINE: October 7, 2019
Applications are now open for Wyoming public libraries for funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills to host digital skills workshops for job seekers and small business owners in your community. Recipients will receive $1,000 along with marketing support, technical guidance, a community of practice, and advocacy tools. Successful applicants will be eligible for an additional $3,000 if selected for a Spotlight Award.

Scholastic Give Back Initiative
DEADLINE: October 15, 2019
Recipients will receive a dollar‑for‑dollar match toward the purchase of any Scholastic digital resources, including TrueFlix®, FreedomFlix™, ScienceFlix®, Scholastic GO!®, or Scholastic Teachables, at list prices. Minimum expenditure required is $500; maximum award is $10,000.

Wyoming Business Council/University of Wyoming Extension Community Reviews
DEADLINE: October 30, 2019
The Wyoming Business Council (WBC) and the University of Wyoming Extension (UW) invite you to apply for a community review to benefit your community in 2020. A Community Review is a mini-strategic planning process designed and conducted in coordination with leaders, business owners, and residents in your community. The centerpiece of the program is a 2 to 3-day visit to your community by a team of community and economic development professionals. The members of this “Visiting Team” volunteer their time and talents to support your community in developing a plan to manage change and pursue your goals on your terms.

Code Club for Small & Rural Public Libraries
DEADLINE: October 31, 2019
The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences is funding a grant to deliver all the resources necessary to run a code club in small and rural public libraries. Those resources include one-on-one training sessions, code club software, ongoing coaching and support, and Ozobot and Sphero coding robots. 50 libraries will be selected to participate in this grant. An informational webinar on this grant will be held at 12:00 p.m. MDT on Thursday, October 10.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
DEADLINE: November 1, 2019
The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library. Grants may be awarded to individuals; local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units, affiliates and committees of the American Library Association, or programs of information and library studies/science. International applicants welcome.

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries
DEADLINE: December 2, 2019
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The goal is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on transforming school library practice, community memory, and digital inclusion. Awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000. A pre-application webinar will take place on Thursday, September 12, from 1-2 p.m. MDT.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: December 15, 2019
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 brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
DEADLINE: Ongoing
This USDA program helps provide funding to develop community facilities in rural areas. A rural area, as defined by the USDA, has a population of less than 20,000 residents. The funds can be used to purchase, construct, or improve facilities. Priority is given to communities with a population of less than 5,500 and communities with a median household income below 80% of the state nonmetropolitan median household income. To get started, contact your local Rural Development office.

Kids Need to Read
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Note: Applications not accepted during the months of May, June, November, and December.

Kids Need to Read provides books, periodicals, and literacy resources to schools, libraries, and other organizations that administer literacy programs to disadvantaged children and adolescents. A school, library, or organization receiving books from Kids Need to Read must be a governmental agency or 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization located in the United States or its territories. These organizations must serve at least 50% of children living at or below the national poverty rate. Schools may use free and reduced lunch data for poverty level rates.

NNLM Reading Club Book Kits
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Library book clubs can add titles on critical health topics to their discussion list using free National Network of Libraries of Medicine Reading Club book kits now being offered by the NNLM MidContinental Region. Each kit contains eight copies of a “ready-to-use” title along with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support health information needs in their communities. Libraries must be NNLM organizational members to be eligible; membership is free.

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries Grants



For a second year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services is accepting grant applications for Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP). The deadline to apply is December 2, 2019.

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 K-12 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 deploying technologies to provide residents with increased abilities to address the homework gap, increase small business development and entrepreneurship, or plan for emergency preparedness.

A pre-application webinar was held with program staff to answer questions from potential applicants on Thursday, September 12. View the recording.

APP is a special initiative of National Leadership Grants for Libraries, a program that supports library and archives services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. The funding opportunity, launched for the first time in the fall of 2018, was designed to strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries, archives, and related organizations to serve their communities.

Apply Now for Digital Skills Workshop Grants



Applications are now open for Wyoming public libraries for funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills to host digital skills workshops for job seekers and small business owners in your community. Details on how to receive $1000, application deadlines, and the application are available at the Libraries Lead website. Selected libraries will then have the opportunity to receive an additional $3,000.

This is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on how you are supporting your community’s economic growth through digital skills training. Please feel free to pass this opportunity along to other libraries. Deadline for Wyoming libraries to apply is October 7, 2019.

Select one of the Grow with Google resources to integrate into a new or existing workshop, class, event, etc. and submit your idea via the simple application. Accepted libraries receive:

  • Funding – $1,000 with minimal application and reporting requirements, with the opportunity to receive an additional $3,000 bonus if your program is selected for a Spotlight Award (view more details).
  • Marketing support – ALA and Google can help get the word out about your program with social media guidance, marketing assets, and more.
  • Technical guidance – Have questions about curriculum resources or programs? Ask Google! Need some best practices in library programming? PLA is here to help!
  • A community of practice – Troubleshoot challenges and share ideas with other libraries that receive funding alongside ALA, PLA, and Google.
  • Advocacy tools – Use our impact evaluation tools and advocacy resources to create and sustain the digital skills plan for your community.

For full program details, review the requirements & eligibility and preview the application (PDF, 4 pgs.) questions to prepare your application.

Grant Opportunities



NNLM PNR All of Us Community Engagement Awards
DEADLINE: September 11, 2019, for letter of intent
October 16, 2019, for completed proposal
Support for projects that improve health information literacy, improve access to, awareness of, and skills to locate high quality biomedical and health information, and to increase awareness of the NIH All of Us Research Program. Goals include to improve consumer access to high quality health information in communities throughout the region, to support health literacy education and outreach in local/regional communities, to raise the public’s awareness of the All of Us Research Program, and to improve understanding and importance of participation in clinical trials, including the All of Us Research Program.

World War I: Lessons And Legacies For Libraries
DEADLINE: September 13, 2019
The Smithsonian Institution is offering a free poster exhibition to libraries. World War I: Lessons and Legacies is available while supplies last. The opportunity is available to all types of libraries (e.g., public, school, college/university and special libraries). Participating libraries will receive, free of charge a collection of eight 18”x 26” posters, a digital World War I: Lessons and Legacies Educators Guide with discussion questions and resources that align to national teaching standards, a detailed poster handbook and user guide with display instructions and promotional resources.

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills
DEADLINE: October 7, 2019
Applications are now open for Wyoming public libraries for funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills to host digital skills workshops for job seekers and small business owners in your community. Recipients will receive $1,000 along with marketing support, technical guidance, a community of practice, and advocacy tools. Successful applicants will be eligible for an additional $3,000 if selected for a Spotlight Award.

Catalysts for Community Health
DEADLINE: Applications received before October 15 will be given priority
The University of Missouri has the opportunity to offer 12 students the chance to participate in a three-year, fully-funded online interdisciplinary Master’s program targeted to develop a cohort of health librarians to serve in rural and urban underserved communities across the MidContinental Region which includes Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming.

Good Neighbor Citizenship® Company Grants
DEADLINE: October 31, 2019
StateFarm focuses their company grants on three areas: safety, education, and community development. Eligible organizations include: educational institutions; programs conducted by municipal, county, or state government entities; and 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organizations.

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries
DEADLINE: December 2, 2019
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The goal is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on transforming school library practice, community memory, and digital inclusion. Awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000. A pre-application webinar will take place on Thursday, September 12, from 1-2 p.m. MDT.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: December 15, 2019
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 brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

Walmart Local Community Grants
DEADLINE: December 31, 2019
Walmart’s Local Community grants provide funding directly from Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities to local organizations. Local Community grants range from $250 to $5,000. Applicants must be a recognized government entity (state, county, or city); be a K-12 public or nonprofit private school, a community/junior college, or a state/private college or university; or have a 501(c)(3) status.

American Library Association Scholarships
DEADLINE: March 1, 2020
If you need a bit of financial help to get through your graduate program, scholarship funds are now available. The American Library Association (ALA) has more than $300,000 available to students who are studying in library science or school library media programs at the master’s degree level. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.

Grant Opportunities



Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: September 30, 2019
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 September 30 for continuing education events starting no earlier than November 1, 2019.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
DEADLINE FOR LETTER OF INTENT: September 30,  2019
Funds promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. Welfare is broadly defined to include physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, education, play, familial support, acculturation, societal integration and childcare.

The Pilcrow Foundation Children’s Book Project
DEADLINE: October 1, 2019
The Pilcrow Foundation provides new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries across the United States. A library’s local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,200 worth of children’s books. The Foundation provides a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s books from which grant recipients can select books best suited for their communities. Application deadlines are April 1 and October 1, annually.

Wyoming Humanities Cross-Pollination Grants
DEADLINE: November 1, 2019
Grants up to $15,000, will support ambitious, innovative public humanities-related projects featuring interdisciplinary work. Proposals should feature interdisciplinary programs that integrate perspectives, information, and/or concepts from multiple disciplines to help their audience explore and engage with topic(s)/issue(s) from different perspectives and come to a new or deeper understanding of the topic/issue. These disciplines should work together collaboratively to help the program’s audience understand and engage with the subject matter.

McMurry Grants at the WYCF



Today, July 30, the Wyoming Community Foundation marks its 30th birthday. They are holding celebrations to honor three decades of building a better Wyoming.

One of the funds established within the WYCF is the Carol McMurry Library Endowment, which provides support to Wyoming library staff and volunteers and to publicly accessible Wyoming libraries in three areas:

  1. Education & Training (Library and Individual);
  2. Library Resources;
  3. Library Foundation Development.

The Carol McMurry Library Endowment was established in 2000 and has supported numerous library projects and individual continuing education opportunities in its years of existence. Although founder Carol McMurry passed away recently, her legacy lives on in her generous support of Wyoming libraries and the people who work in or volunteer with them.

Questions about library and individual grants through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment may be directed to Wyoming State Library Library Development Manager Brian Greene at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

 

Grant Opportunities



Sewell Stipend Travel Grants for Librarians Working in Public Health
DEADLINE: July 16, 2019
The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee invites applications for 2019 Sewell Stipends to attend the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, November 2-6, 2019. The award will reimburse for the cost of APHA membership and early-bird conference registration Applications are welcome from all librarians who work with public health practitioners, students, staff, and faculty.

Wyoming Women’s Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: July 25, 2019
The Wyoming Women’s Foundation’s mission is to invest in economic self-sufficiency for women and opportunties for girls in Wyoming. WYWF makes grants to programs that elevate the financial well-being of women, empower women and girls and promote systems change. Grant priorities are income and asset development, mentoring, and systems change. Up to 20 grants will be awarded, and $140,000 total is available.

Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize
DEADLINE: August 1, 2019
The Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, developed in partnership between Library Journal and the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation, has been created to recognize the public library as a vital community asset. The Community Impact Prize is designed to celebrate libraries that have significantly helped their communities thrive. One winning library will receive $250,000 in grant monies from the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation. The winning library will also be profiled in the November issue of Library Journal and online.

Americans and the Holocaust Traveling Exhibition
DEADLINE: August 9, 2019
Public and academic libraries may apply to host “Americans and the Holocaust,” a traveling exhibition that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. Fifty selected libraries will receive the 1,100-square-foot exhibition on loan for five to six weeks; a $2,000 allowance to support public programs; expenses paid for a library staff member to attend an orientation workshop at USHMM in January 2020 in Washington, D.C.; and publicity materials, programming support and more.

Yiddish Book Center’s “Coming to America” Reading Groups
DEADLINE: August 16, 2019
Using Yiddish literature as a portal, the program will feature Yiddish literature in translation that explores questions of identity, assimilation, language, cuisine, and generational change.Up to 30 participating public libraries will receive expenses paid for facilitators to attend a two-day workshop at the Yiddish Book Center, 15 copies of each of four books, and downloadable discussion guides and reading resources.

Waste Management Charitable Contributions
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Since Waste Management is committed to helping provide “renewable resources to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and to conserving and maintaining wetlands, wildlife habitats and green spaces for people’s enjoyment,” they are contributing to programs that support environmental education to middle and high school students as well as programs that support or enhance natural resources.

Awesome Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: Ongoing
The Awesome Libraries Chapter was created by a small working group of passionate librarians within Library Pipeline who wanted to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Naturally, we embedded these principles into the grant selection guidelines. Apply if you have an awesome library project that fits within these principles.

Grant Opportunities



Nora Van Burgh Development Grants
DEADLINE: June 15, 2019
Nora Van Burgh had a lengthy and distinguished career in Wyoming libraries, and she was a strong believer in lifelong learning. The Wyoming Library Association’s Nora Van Burgh Development Grants honor her memory. These grants provide funding assistance to those who wish to enhance their effectiveness as library employees through additional educational experience. Non-degreed library employees, a majority of the WLA membership, are particularly encouraged to apply, though any current member of WLA may apply.

Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
DEADLINE: July 15, 2019
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is currently accepting applications for the Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. The theme is “Growing Up Brave on the Margins.” Up to 35 libraries will receive 11 paperback copies each (10 to gift to participants; 1 for discussion leader/library collection) 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, as well as additional resources.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
DEADLINE: July 16, 2019
The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program
DEADLINE: Ongoing
The D.U.C. Library Program has thousands of free art books available for distribution to public and school libraries in underserved communities. Participating libraries may order books from the D.U.C. catalog once annually. Branch libraries may participate independently or through their main library. All items received from the D.U.C. must be cataloged in the library’s holdings and made available to all patrons.

Grant Opportunities



National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Grants
DEADLINES: Vary

NNLM is offering a new set of funding opportunities for library staff interested in partnering with their communities to spur learning and activities focused on health issues, or in developing their professional skills around health information. Some 17 award types are available starting in May in sizes large and small for programming, community engagement, and staff professional development.

Association for Rural & Small Libraries Conference Scholarships
DEADLINE: May 24, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. MDT
ARSL is offering four scholarships to their 2019 Fall Conference in Burlington, Vermont, from September 4-7. Although general registration is full, four seats have been saved for the scholarship recipients.  These scholarships are for first time attendees only. Criteria vary, so see the ARSL website for details on each scholarship.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: May 31, 2019
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 May 31 for continuing education events starting no earlier than July 1, 2019.

Local Government Energy Improvement Grants
DEADLINE: May 31, 2019

May 31 deadline to sign up for free energy assessment. Grant application deadline is July 31, 2019. Assessment must be completed before grant application is submitted. The Wyoming Business Council’s State Energy Office has competitive federal grant funds available for Wyoming local governments, public schools and small businesses seeking to improve their buildings while reducing utility costs.

Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) Grants
DEADLINE: June 1, 2019
Wyoming’s SHRAB is offering grants of up to $2,500 to Wyoming cultural heritage organizations for projects to process, preserve, and provide increased access to historical records. The SHRAB will assign priority to those applications that show commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will lead to enhanced online access to historical records. Contact Kathy Marquis, SHRAB Coordinator and Wyoming Deputy State Archivist, with any questions at (307) 777-8691 or kathy.marquis@wyo.gov.

ABOS Carol Hole Conference Attendance Award
DEADLINE: July 31, 2019
The Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services remembers the services of Carol
Combs Hole by offering three (3) $500 travel grants to the ABOS conference in Omaha, NE
(October 23–25, 2019). The grant includes free conference registration and a stipend for
travel expenses and/or accommodations for the conference.

Upcoming Webinar: Get Grants from the NNLM



Could your library use more money for programming, community engagement, staff professional development, technology upgrades, or other needs. Of course it could! A few days ago, we shared some funding opportunities from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). Now you can learn more about the grants and how to apply in a free webinar from the NNLM MidContinental Region.

Show Me the $$$! How Your Library Can Obtain Funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine,” will be held this Thursday, May 9 from 1-2 p.m. MDT. Join Chris Pryor, Library Engagement and Missouri Coordinator, and John Bramble, Associate Director from the NNLM MidContinental Regional Medical Library, for a discussion of just how easy it is to apply for all of the great funding opportunities available during this year’s grant cycle. A question and answer period will be included.

Register for the webinar.

For inspiration read how one library tackled community needs with help from the NNLM.  A Colorado library used a NNLM MCR grant to support cooking demonstrations, discussions with kids about the digestive system, classes on nutrition, and a program for parents on emotional wellbeing.

The deadline for grant applications is May 31, 2019. See the full list of opportunities.