Category Archives: Grants and Awards

ALA Announces $1.25M Emergency Grant Fund



ALA COVID Library Relief Fund
DEADLINE: May 20, 2021
The American Library Association (ALA) has made available $1.25 million in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for grants of $30,000 to $50,000. These funds are intended to bolster library operations and services including broadening technology access, developing collections, providing digital instruction, staffing, and expanding outreach, as well as maintaining and amplifying existing service strategies or adding new ones to extend impact through the end of 2021.

Grants will be announced on June 23, 2021. The grant funds are to support libraries through December 31, 2021. Grants are to help support library operations, including but not limited to staff time, collections, technology, equipment. Grants are to re-stablish, sustain, amplify, or create new needed services, to underserved target audience(s).

Library systems (municipal, county, district) and library school districts can only submit only one application per system or district, but the application can request support for one or more library and /or one or more target audience across your system/district.

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund is generously supported by Acton Family Giving as part of its pandemic responsive grant making. Initial seed funding was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of its efforts to bolster educational and cultural organizations devastated by the economic fallout out from COVID-19.

Grant Opportunities



ALSC New Membership Funding for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
DEADLINE: April 12, 2021
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is funding memberships for 20 BIPOC library students and paraprofessionals/library support staff (current position or position held within the last year) who want to become more involved with our organization and within the profession. Recipients will receive a 1 year ALA/ALSC membership along with opportunities for meaningful engagement. Contact amjohnson@gmail.com with any questions.

Freedom to Read Foundation ALA Conference Scholarship
DEADLINE: April 15, 2021
Applications are now open for the 2021 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by FTRF. The Scholarship provides funding for two recipients who are an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the ALA virtual annual conference June 23-29, 2021.  The scholarship includes conference registration and a one-year FTRF membership. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and events at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and provide a report about their experiences.

Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grants
DEADLINE: April 15, 2021
The Community Support Grant offers operating and/or project support, as well as arts learning support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. Grant funding is available for programs and services that take place between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. An organization is eligible to receive up to $7,000 in operating and/or project support and up to $3,000 in arts learning support for a total of up to $10,000 in grant funding.

Toshiba America Foundation STEM Grants
DEADLINE: May 1, 2021
Accepting applications from grade 6-12 teachers for innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects. Through the program, grants of at least $5,000 will be awarded in support of teacher-led projects with the potential to provide students with opportunities to “do science” in ways that increase their engagement with the subject matter and improve their learning.

2021 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award
DEADLINE: May 3, 2021
Libraries of all types and sizes are encouraged to submit entries for a 2021 John Cotton Dana Award. Entries should highlight a strategic communications campaign from the past year. Examples of past campaigns have included rebranding efforts, promotion of archives and special collections, awareness campaigns, community partnerships, and special events.

EBSCO Solar Grants
DEADLINE: May 3, 2021
EBSCO is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. As part of the 2021 EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO will be making a total of $200,000 in grants available. The grants will help winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenses by installing solar arrays.

IMLS Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants
DEADLINE: May 11, 2021
This program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services is designed to assist Native American tribes in improving core library services for their communities. Federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply for funding under the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant program. Grants range from $10,000 to $150,000

Wyoming Women’s Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: May 15, 2021
Grants are designed with the specific purpose of promoting long-term economic self-sufficiency of women and opportunities for girls living within the state of Wyoming. Funding priorities are income and asset development, mentoring, and systems change.

Mountain Plains Library Association Professional Development Grants
DEADLINE: At least 2 months before date of conference or activity
Grants are awarded to support formal course work leading to an advanced degree in library science or a related discipline or directly related to an individual’s library position; attendance as a participant or a presenter at a library or scholarly workshop, seminar, or conference; visits to another library to receive or provide significant advanced training; or library related research projects. Mini-grants up to $150; regular grants up to $600. Only current MPLA members are eligible to apply for Professional Development Grants

Grant Opportunities



REFORMA Scholarship
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021
Any current or newly entering graduate library school student [M.L.S. or Ph.D.] may apply for these scholarships of up to $1,500. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of and desire to serve the Spanish- speaking community.  The recipients must display character and leadership, which are essential for success both as a student and as a professional. Preference is given to applicants who plan on serving Hispanic/Latinos and the Spanish-speaking community.

Inspire COVID Recovery Grant
DEADLINE: March 26, 2021
Up to $5,000 for an existing public middle or high school, who sustained loss in collection due to school library closures during COVID, to both recover their collection but also extend through more online and remote resources to address learner needs made evident during the closures. Purchasing can include books, online subscriptions and/or software collections, as well as accessibility extensions (hotspots, increased bandwidth, etc.).

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Program
DEADLINE: March 31, 2021
Schools and non-profit organizations will be awarded grants of $3,000 to turn outdoor spaces into  hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity about gardening and fresh food, and support classroom curriculum. The program supports both new and existing educational gardens.

Native American Library Services Grants
DEADLINE: April 16, 2021
Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. The grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages, corporations, and regional corporations and are designed to support existing operations and maintain core services of tribal and Native village libraries.

EBSCO Solar Grants
DEADLINE: May 3, 2021
For the fifth year, EBSCO is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. As part of the 2021 EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO will be making a total of $200,000 in grants available. The grants will help winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenses by installing solar arrays.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
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, presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is sponsored by the American Library Association’s Cultural Communities Fund in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 15, 2021
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.

Grant Opportunities



Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: March 4, 2021
Up to 450 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. The initiative is part of ALA’s longtime commitment to preparing library workers for the expanding role of libraries. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, from hotspot purchases to personal protective equipment to staff time to undertake community engagement work.

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021
The foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 (with most ranging between $2,000 and $5,000) to educational and research organizations both public and private, from early childhood through university level. In addition, the foundation recently committed immediate support for organizations that could provide critical far-reaching services in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. Projects limited to communities served by Rocky Mountain Power or Pacific Power.

Book Love Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021

The Book Love Foundation assists teachers with building inclusive classroom libraries to inspire and nurture a lasting love of reading. Books received from this grant are not intended for a school-wide library or to be permanently divided among teachers. Creative sharing, however, is always encouraged. Grant awards in 2021 will range from $1,000 to $2,000.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: March 31, 2021
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 March 31, 2021, for continuing education events starting no earlier than May 1, 2021.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
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, presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is sponsored by the American Library Association’s Cultural Communities Fund in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 15, 2021
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.

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Thousands of free art books are 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



H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2021
An annual award of $3,500 and a citation given to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization.

ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award
DEADLINE: February 1, 2021
An award of $1,200 and a citation to honor an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.

Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation
DEADLINE: February 2, 2021
This annual award recognizes U.S. libraries and librarians who create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. The award consists of a $10,000 cash prize. It is open to public, school, and academic libraries. The jury will award four runner-ups $1,000 in Penguin Random House books to eligible libraries.

Gale, A Cengage Company Financial Development Award
DEADLINE: February 2, 2021
An annual award consisting of $2,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation presented to a library organization to recognize an innovative, creative, well-organized project which successfully developed income from alternative sources. The alternative sources may include, but are not limited to: individual gifts, foundations, endowments, “challenge” grants, and related efforts.

Snapdragon Book Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: February 14, 2021
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, 2021
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 up to $1,500 are awarded based on applications submitted to the Society’s Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Committee.

Grant Opportunities



Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: December 15, 2020
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.

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: December 15, 2020
The foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 (with most ranging between $2,000 and $5,000) to performing arts, visual arts, historic preservation, and cross-cultural education organizations. In addition, the foundation recently committed immediate support for organizations that could provide critical far-reaching services in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. Projects limited to communities served by Rocky Mountain Power or Pacific Power.

Wyoming Library to Business (WL2B) Stations
DEADLINE: December 18, 2020
Eight Wyoming public libraries will receive a WL2B Station, consisting of approximately $2,750 in technology and materials along with one-on-one collaboration with Laramie County Library System Business Services Coordinator Rachael Svoboda. The purpose of WL2B is to connect Wyomingites with the resources they need to start, pivot, or grow their small businesses. Questions may be directed to Rachael at WyomingL2B@gmail.com or (307) 773.7200.

2021 Youth Garden Grant
DEADLINE: December 18, 2020
The Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply.

Walmart Community Grant Program
DEADLINE: December 31, 2020
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of local nonprofit organizations within the service area of individual Walmart or Sam’s Club stores for projects that benefit the community at large. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally and directly benefit the service area of the store from which they are requesting funding.

NEH  Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
DEADLINE: January 14, 2021
This National Endowment for the Humanities program helps institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections, including special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine art objects, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, historical objects, and digital materials.

Captain Planet Foundation ecoSolution Grants
DEADLINE: January 15, 2020
Grants range from $500-$2,500 and are intended to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. ecoSolution™ Grants are available to educators working with youth in the United States

National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read 
DEADLINE: January 27, 2021
The NEA Big Read is a community engagement opportunity through which grants of up to $20,000 are awarded in support of community-wide reading programs (virtual and/or in-person) that take place between September 2021 and June 2022.

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Grants
DEADLINE: January 29, 2021
Provides funds to needy schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning. For a school to be eligible, a paid professional must be designated by the school administration as responsible for the collection, care, and use of the materials housed in the school library.

Libraries Transform Community Engagement Grant
DEADLINE: February 5, 2021
The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant recognizes, promotes and supports innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. It provides $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. For the 2020–2021 cycle, libraries are invited to submit applications for a community engagement project that focuses on anti-racism.

Peggy Barber Tribute Grant
DEADLINE: February 5, 2021
Recognizes, promotes, and supports meaningful programs in libraries that have limited and/or no access to budgetary support for programming. Three libraries will be awarded $2,500 to support a proposed program, program series, or programming effort. For the inaugural 2020–2021 cycle, libraries are invited to submit applications for a grant to support humanities-based programming.

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries
DEADLINE: February 7, 2021
Three Will Eisner grants recognize libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature. Each grantee receives $4,000 in funding for programming and collection development, as well as a selection of the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award winners. Applicants must be ALA members.

 

Apply for a Library to Business Station



Wyoming Library 2 Business logoLaramie County Library System is partnering with the University of Wyoming Libraries, the Wyoming State Library, and several economic development partners to create a new program, Wyoming Library to Business (WL2B). Public libraries in Wyoming now have the opportunity to apply to host a WL2B station thanks to a #LibrariesBuildBusiness grant from the American Library Association.

Eight public libraries will receive one-on-one collaboration with LCLS Business Services Coordinator Rachael Svoboda and one WL2B Station, consisting of approximately $2,750 in technology and materials.

Learn more and applyDeadline to apply is December 18, 2020.

These dedicated stations will receive a new laptop with webcam so that entrepreneurs and small business owners can meet virtually with experts from across the state. The WL2B Stations will also include a portable projector so libraries can take full advantage of
the online programs and webinars produced by the Small Business Development Center, Wyoming Women’s Business Center, and other economic development organizations.

The purpose of WL2B is to connect Wyomingites with the resources they need to start, pivot, or grow their small businesses. WL2B will work across the state over the next year to support libraries in providing services that foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem and help future business owners gain access to the information, organizations, and funding that will assist them in making their plans viable.

Questions may be directed to Rachael at WyomingL2B@gmail.com or (307) 773.7200.

Grant Opportunities



Engineers Week Outreach Grants
DEADLINE: November 14, 2020
The goals of this grant program are to engage youth (particularly underserved K-12 students) with hands-on learning experiences and events that inspire an interest and understanding of engineering and take place in or around Engineers Week. Due to COVID-19, in person and virtual events are eligible for funding. Grants range between $250 and $1000.

Society of American Archivists Foundation Strategic Growth Grants
DEADLINE for Letter of Inquiry: December 1, 2020
The program awards grants of between $500 and $5,000 for work that aligns with the strategic plan and/or mission and goals of the foundation, which include 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 designed to enhance the performance of repositories; and efforts to persuade influential external organizations to create or promote archives.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: December 2, 2020
Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. The initiative is part of ALA’s longtime commitment to preparing library workers for the expanding role of libraries. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, from hotspot purchases to personal protective equipment to staff time to undertake community engagement work.

National Friends of Libraries Week Awards
DEADLINE: December 4, 2020
The National Friends of Libraries Week Awards encourage Friends of Libraries to celebrate and promote their groups within the community. Each year, two Friends groups are awarded $250 each in honor of their celebrations during the week.

John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award
DEADLINE: December 31, 2020
The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living individual, group, or organization. The award consists of a citation and $500. The award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA).

Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Award
DEADLINE: January 1, 2021
The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award, presented annually, recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality, and anti-censorship efforts. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation. The award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA).

National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read 
DEADLINE: January 27, 2021
The NEA Big Read is a community engagement opportunity through which grants of up to $20,000 are awarded in support of community-wide reading programs (virtual and/or in-person) that take place between September 2021 and June 2022. Arts Midwest will be hosting a webinar for interested applicants on November 12 at 11:00 a.m. MST. (Registration required.)

Believe in Reading Grants for Literacy Programs
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Believe in Reading will consider funding programs that serve any age or aspect of supporting reading and literacy, including adult literacy or English as a second language projects.

Grant Opportunities



Wyoming State Geological Survey Earth Science Week Toolkits
DEADLINE: First come, first serve while supply of 50 kits lasts
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) provides 50 toolkits to the WSGS to distribute to Wyoming teachers on a first come, first serve basis. Education materials in toolkits are suitable for middle-school-age students and include resources about minerals; water, environmental, energy, and soil sciences; geoscience measurement; rocks; paleontology; seismology and earthquake; agriculture; and more. To request one of the 50 complimentary toolkits, contact Christina George at christina.george@wyo.gov.

NNLM HIV/AIDS Coordination Center Funding for Outreach
DEADLINE: October 30, 2020
Funding for short-term outreach projects that focus on bringing HIV/AIDS health information resources to consumers. Awarded projects will start on November 9, 2020 and run through April 30, 2021. The maximum funding per award is $16,593.50. Projects must include some aspect of broadening access to and awareness of HIV/AIDS health information resources

Carnegie-Whitney Grants
DEADLINE: November 2, 2020
The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually. The grants are intended to cover preparation costs appropriate to the development of a useful product, including the cost of research. The grants do not cover the costs of final printing or online distribution of the product.

I Love My Librarian Award
DEADLINE: November 9, 2020
Has a librarian made a difference in your life? Now is the time to nominate them for the I Love My Librarian Award. Each year, this award recognizes 10 outstanding librarians with a $5000 prize. The I Love My Librarian selection committee is looking for stories of librarians whose passion, creativity, and expertise have made an impact during these unprecedented times.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: December 2, 2020
Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. The initiative is part of ALA’s longtime commitment to preparing library workers for the expanding role of libraries. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, from hotspot purchases to personal protective equipment to staff time to undertake community engagement work.

2021 School Librarian of the Year Award
DEADLINE: December 8, 2020
The School Librarian of the Year Award honors a K–12 library professional for outstanding achievement and the exemplary use of 21st-century tools and services to engage children and teens toward fostering multiple literacies. The winning school librarian will receive a $2,500 cash award and $2,500 in-kind digital and/or print products for their library; a Scholastic Book Fairs “Mr. Schu’s Picks” collection of books; a visit from John Schumacher, Ambassador of School Libraries, Scholastic, including a book giveaway for every student in the school; and a feature profile in the April 2021 issue of SLJ.

American Library Association Student Scholarships
DEADLINE: March 1, 2021
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 $2,500 to $8,000 per student per year. They include scholarships for students who are interested in children’s librarianship, youth librarianship, federal librarianship, new media and library automation. In addition, there are also scholarships available for minorities, persons with disabilities and people who are already employed in libraries but do not have an MLS.

Google Ad Grants
DEADLINE: Ongoing
This non-competitive grant opportunity through Google allows libraries and nonprofits to boost their viewership on Google searches through ads. The Google Ad Grants program gives $10,000 a month to eligible entities to advertise their services. Libraries need a free account with both TechSoup and Google for Nonprofits to be eligible. They also need 501(c)(3) status through either a Friends or Foundation group. To learn more about this grant, watch this video. Some more library-specific advice can be found on this blog post.

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 fewer 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.

Libraries Transforming Communities Grants



Libraries Transforming Communities banner

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced plans to award nearly $2 million to small and rural libraries in 2020 and 2021 to help them address issues of concern in their communities.

Through Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. The initiative is part of ALA’s longtime commitment to preparing library workers for the expanding role of libraries.

Deadline is December 2, 2020.

Read full project guidelines.

The opportunity is open to libraries serving small and/or rural communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories. The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines small communities as those with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and rural communities as those more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area.

Selected libraries will develop their facilitation skills through online training, talk with community members (virtually or in-person) about local needs, and undertake a project that benefits their community. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, from hotspot purchases to personal protective equipment to staff time to undertake community engagement work.

Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members — be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students, or partner organizations — to address issues for the betterment of the community.

Grant recipients will also receive a copy of  Ask, Listen, Empower: Grounding Your Library Work in Community Engagement, edited by Mary Davis Fournier and Sarah Ostman (ALA Editions, 2020).