Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Grant Opportunities



NNLM MCR Community Engagement Awards
DEADLINE: February 17, 2020
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region anticipates having up to $15,000 available for an award late in its fiscal year, which ends in April. Proposals will need to be capable of being completed in a tight time frame and must include plans for evaluating the effectiveness of the project. Plans should incorporate the use of National Library of Medicine resources such as MedlinePlus wherever appropriate. Projects should aim at completing one or more of the following objectives: 1) expanding the reach of training opportunities for library staff in health information, 2) creating and offering library programs, projects and strategic interventions in support of the NNLM mission to broaden access to health information, and/or 3) conducting planning that helps libraries and/or community-based organizations deliver consumer health information to communities.

The Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians
DEADLINE: February 28, 2020
The Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians awards two grants of up to $1,000 each. One grant is given to a teacher and another to a librarian for proposals to develop new classroom or library programs that raise awareness of multicultural literature among young people; particularly but not exclusively through the works of Virginia Hamilton.

Placemaking Farm Wall Grants
DEADLINE: February 28, 2020
The Wyoming Business Council and the Department of Agriculture are offering grants to place a vertical Farm Wall in your community for two years. Bio-Logic Designs will lease, install, plant, maintain, harvest and distribute produce to a local soup kitchen or food basket. Or you can harvest the produce for your own use. The grant match is $600 plus partnering with Bio-Logic to provide education, actively engaging your community through events, press releases, tours or classes.

Rocky Mountain Branch of the International Dyslexia Associations’ Assistive Technology Grant
DEADLINE: March 1, 2020
Funds assistive technology projects that allow students who struggle with reading, writing, spelling, and math to stay on track with their grade-level peers. The whole school community (teachers, parents, and students) should have access to the technology and be properly trained and supported in its use. Typical award amounts up to $3,500, but additional amounts may be considered, depending on the proposal.

Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grant
DEADLINE: April 1, 2020
The Community Support Grant (CSG) is a competitive grant program for project and/or operational support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. An organization is eligible to receive up to $20,000 in operating and project support (up to $12,000), arts education activities ($5,000), professional development ($1,000), programs involving folk and traditional arts (up to $1,000), outreach to rural communities (up to $1,000). Applicants who did not receive this grant last year may submit a draft for WAC staff review by March 1.

American Heritage Center Travel Grants
DEADLINE: April 1, 2020
The American Heritage Center annually offers travel grants of up to $750 each to provide support for travel, food and lodging to carry out research using the AHC’s collections.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 4, 2020
The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming recognizes excellence in humanities programming in libraries that serve children in grades K-8. The $5,000 award is presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Applicants do not need to be AASL members.

Grant Opportunities



LibraryReads Travel Grants
DEADLINE for PLA 2020 funding: January 17, 2020
DEADLINE for BookExpo 2020 funding: March 16, 2020
LibraryReads is offering individual grants of up to $1,000 each for PLA 2020 and BEA 2020. They expect to open applications for ALA Annual 2020 in March 2020. Applicants must be  currently employed, in any job title, at a public library in the United States; have an interest in readers’ advisory for adults; and have actively participated in LibraryReads (voted via Edelweiss or NetGalley) in the 3 month period prior to application.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Travel Stipends for Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: January 20, 2020
Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries is a new learning series from the American Library Association (ALA) designed to help library workers develop facilitation skills to engage with their communities. This program includes registration and travel stipends for in-person training at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, online training, and follow-up coaching. ALA will distribute up to 25 stipends to library workers in small and rural communities to cover travel costs. Open to library employees who work in small or rural communities with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less.

Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant
DEADLINE: January 31, 2020
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 grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections.

Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award
DEADLINE: February 1, 2020
This award is presented to a library organization to recognize an innovative, creative, well-organized project which successfully developed income from alternative sources including, but not limited to, individual gifts, foundations, endowments, challenge grants, and related efforts. The winner receives a $2500 grant and a framed citation.

Libraries Transform Communities: Engagement Grant
DEADLINE: February 3, 2020
This grant will provide $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. Libraries are invited to apply by designing and outlining activities for a library-led community engagement project. Activities may include developing community engagement programs and services, partnering with a community agency that builds the capacity of the community to address an important concern/issue, or creating a program or event that connects the library to a community-identified aspiration or concern.

The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity
DEADLINE: February 3, 2020
If you know a librarian who has gone above and beyond the normal requirements of librarianship to stand up in the face of adversity with dignity and honor, please consider giving that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for this award. The prize consists of $10,000 along with an odd, symbolic object from Snicket’s private stash, and a certificate. The nominee must be a librarian.

Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation
DEADLINE: February 3, 2020
This award recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. One $10,000 cash award given annually to a library in the U.S. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year.

Digital Learning Day Mini-Grants
DEADLINE: February 14, 2020
In advance of Digital Learning Day, the American Library Association is opening a call for applications for $700 mini-grants to school, tribal, public, and academic libraries to design and implement programs using Google’s Applied Digital Skills resources. Up to 290 eligible libraries will be selected to deliver at least 4 sessions throughout the programming they develop. Digital Learning Day, to be held February 27, 2020, is an annual event that promotes the effective use of technology tools to enhance learning experiences for youth.

Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
DEADLINE: February 15, 2020
This grant is awarded to an individual on an annual basis to provide monetary support (up to $1,000) to participate in continuing educational event(s) to keep current in his/her career field. Monies may be used to participate in continuing professional development even(s) offered by the American Library Association (ALA), an ALA-related unit or association, State Library Associations, ASTD, the American Management Association (AMA), or any other Learn RT Board approved activity/event.

Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters
DEADLINE: February 21, 2020
Lift Every Voice is a national public humanities program dedicated to enhancing appreciation of the African American poetic tradition and its imaginative range and richness. Fifty sites will be awarded a stipend of $1,200 to mount a minimum of two free public programs. Applications are open to public, academic, and community college libraries; and nonprofit museums and community organizations.

Grant Opportunities



Libraries Build Business
DEADLINE: December 13, 2019
The American Library Association (ALA), with the support of Google.org, is launching an initiative to identify and scale successful entrepreneurship programs in public libraries and create learning resources for any library to support entrepreneurs in its community. Selected libraries will comprise a cohort of approximately 10-14 libraries with established entrepreneurship models that provide direct service to people from underrepresented groups and/or low-income backgrounds. ALA anticipates individual awards to range from $50,000 to $150,000.

Libraries and Veterans National Forum
DEADLINE: December 15, 2019
The Libraries and Veterans National Forum is a two-day symposium to discuss strategies for supporting library patrons and library workers who are veteran or military-affiliated. Fifty library workers from a variety of library types and from around the country will be selected to attend the symposium, with travel and accommodations covered. The Forum is scheduled for June 8-9, 2020 in College Station, Texas. Selected participants will be notified in January 2020.

American Heritage Center Teaching and Research Grants
DEADLINE: January 15, 2020
This grant program offers an opportunity to pursue projects such as independent or collaborative research projects, course development, and symposia that use American Heritage Center’s resource material as the basis of the project/course/symposia. Grants are available to University of Wyoming and Wyoming community college students, faculty, academic professionals, and staff.

ecoTech™ Grants
DEADLINE: January 15, 2020
Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded in support of innovative programs that engage children in inquiry-based STEM-related projects, leverage technology, and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grants
DEADLINE: January 31, 2020
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of 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. Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application.

Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation
DEADLINE: February 4 February 3, 2020
This award recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. One $10,000 cash award given annually to a library in the U.S. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year.

Snapdragon Book Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: February 16, 2020
Grants typically ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 are given to U.S. school libraries serving children, in grades Pre-K through 12.. Funds may be used for books that will be used repeatedly by school-aged children, processing or cataloging fees from book vendors, reference materials for use by students, and magazine or newspaper subscriptions.

Lola Homsher Research Grants
DEADLINE: February 28, 2020
Need financial assistance to help finalize your history project?  The Wyoming State Historical Society, a non-profit membership driven educational organization, 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.

Bank of the West’s Charitable Investments Program
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Bank of the West supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life, particularly of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Grants are awarded for education and job training as well as for community and economic development.

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



Library Census Equity Fund Mini-Grants
DEADLINE: November 22, 2019
The American Library Association will provide 25 libraries with $2,000 mini-grants to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. All types of libraries and library organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants may propose activities such as conducting community outreach activities or expanding the library’s technology capacity for people completing the census questionnaire online.

Society of American Archivists Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: Letter of inquiry due December 1, 2019 and final application due February 1, 2020
The SAA Foundation raises money to provide resources to enhance the work of the archival community.  To that end, the SAA Foundation will support research and reporting about the profession, its practice, and its practitioners; development of professional growth opportunities; recognition of archivists via scholarships, travel assistance, and awards; programs to enhance the performance of repositories; and efforts to persuade influential external organizations to create or promote archives.

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. View the recording of the pre-application webinar.

Autism Welcome Here: Programs, Services, and More Grant
DEADLINE: December 2, 2019
Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing,
successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service
they already offer. All programs or services proposed must benefit people with autism or
their families, directly or indirectly. A total of $5,000 will be awarded. Any type of library in
the United States can apply, and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group.

Romance Writers of America Library Grant
DEADLINE: December 6, 2019
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of books in print and/or audio format, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses. Sponsored by the Romance Writers of America.

Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music / Video Product Award
DEADLINE: December 6, 2019
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand a collection of either or both formats in whatever proportion the library chooses. The grant consists of $2,500 of Audio Music or Video Products. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.

PLA Library Innovation Award
DEADLINE: December 6, 2019
Recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community. A plaque and a $2,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference.

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.

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read
DEADLINE: January 29, 2020
The NEA Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book. Selected organizations receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. NEA Applicants submit proposals to host a series of community events presented at a variety of locations over the course of one month or longer. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 each.

Inspire Collection Development Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2020
This grant awards up to $5,000 to public middle or high schools to extend, update, and diversify their book, online, subscription and/or software collections in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement.

Inspire Special Event Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2020
This grant awards up to $2,000 to public middle or high schools to create new or enhance existing extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement.

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.