Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Grant Opportunities



Libraries Connecting You to Coverage
DEADLINE: July 17, 2020
The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a series of mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support up to 30 U.S. public libraries to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs), which are able to certify staff and volunteers as Certified Application Counselors ahead of the Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Awardees will receive training and support to assist patrons with enrolling in health insurance plans, to disseminate information, and to partner with community health groups to make a positive impact.

STAR Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities
DEADLINE for Notice of Intent: July 20, 2020
Will help public library workers in small and rural communities offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming and exhibitions for their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations. Twelve creative librarians/library workers will be selected to lead their libraries’ participation in a project at the intersection of transforming library services, gender equity and cultural inclusion (especially with Latino families), STEAM learning and positive youth development.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: July 31, 2020
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 July 31 for continuing education events starting no earlier than September 1, 2020.

The Mockingbird Foundation
DEADLINE: August 1, 2020
The Mockingbird Foundation offers grants to nonprofit organizations and schools for projects and programs involving music education to children under 18. Iinnovative and collaborative approaches to music education is encouraged, and the Mockingbird Foundation has a special interest in funding projects that support disenfranchised groups such as those with low income, in foster care, in a shelter, or located in a hospital. Grants range in size from $100 to $10,000, and recipients must have 501(c)(3) status.

Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change
DEADLINE: August 28, 2020
The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis. The project will fund in-person and virtual film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries, and it will provide instruction and support for the libraries to be centers for community education and support during extreme weather events.

Grant Opportunities



IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries
DEADLINE: June 12, 2020
Supports museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services
DEADLINE: June 12, 2020
Assists tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed.

Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board Grants
DEADLINE: June 15, 2020
Grants of up $2500.00 are available to Wyoming residents for projects that further the SHRAB’s mission of promoting the identification, preservation, and dissemination of Wyoming’s 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.

STAR Net STEAM Equity Project
DEADLINE: Submit Notice of Intent by July 20, 2020
Public library workers in rural communities are invited to participate in a project that will bring culturally inclusive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programming and exhibitions to their patrons. Twelve public libraries will receive $15,000 over four years (winter 2020 – summer 2024) to participate in professional development activities, support community partnerships and purchase STEAM learning materials.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
DEADLINE: November 2,  2020
The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides grants 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.

WLA School Library Interest Group receives AASL Grant



From the American Library Association

The Wyoming Library Association School Library Interest Group (WLA-SLIG) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. The $2,500 grants, awarded in honor of AASL past presidents, are presented annually to AASL Chapters for the planning and execution of an event, initiative, or activity focused on the implementation of AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. WLA-SLIG is the recipient of the planning grant awarded in honor of Sharon Coatney and sponsored by Edward M. and Helen R. Adams.

“The WLA-SIG will hold regional training sessions to introduce the AASL Standards to library staff serving in remote parts of the state,” said AASL President Mary Keeling. “Monthly coaching and discussion using teleconferencing technology will follow. This plan continues the excellent work begun in 2018 by Jennison Lucas. It is notable that administrators and paraprofessionals will be invited to attend as they will gain an expanded awareness of the importance of the modern school librarian’s role in education. I’m especially impressed with the consistent messaging and persistent attention given to reaching all of Wyoming’s school library staff.”

“The Wyoming proposal will work to equalize understanding and implementation of the AASL Standards statewide,” said Dorcas Hand, grant committee chair. “The several regional workshops will bring the content to school librarians who, because of distance, have been unable to attend the state conference. Each workshop will be tailored to support maximum implementation of the standards using all the tools the AASL Standards teams has devised. The committee loved how Wyoming school library leadership worked to build a training program that was not a cookie cutter for every district, but rather focused on local needs in order to achieve the strongest possible results. The monthly online follow-up meetings will continue to support librarians new to these ideas.”

“AASL works with its chapters to activate leadership within the school library community and to influence educational policy and funding for school libraries at the local, state, and national levels,” said AASL President Mary Keeling. “We are pleased to offer planning grants honoring past presidents to help state chapters address their state librarians’ particular professional learning needs. This year’s grants demonstrate how the National School Library Standards can inspire strong school libraries in any context and serve as a frame for powerful messaging. I am delighted with the variety of plans receiving awards. Many thanks to AASL’s past presidents who continue to lead through their generous sponsorship of these awards, and congratulations to the grant recipients!”

The AASL award winners will be honored during a virtual AASL Awards Ceremony during the fall of 2020. The virtual ceremony will replace the live ceremony traditionally presented during the ALA Annual Conference. Out of concern for the health and safety of all members of the community, the ALA Executive Board felt it was important to cancel the 2020 conference taking place in Chicago. Details for the virtual ceremony will be shared as they are finalized.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

Emergency Relief Grants for Cultural Organizations



Wyoming Humanities has announced the launch of the Wyoming Crossroads Fund. This initiative will harness the power and creativity of Wyoming’s cultural arts network to help the state address the social and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic, combined with the ongoing dire downturn in Wyoming’s energy industry, is forcing the Equality State to rapidly adapt its economy. The organization also launches emergency grants for cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19.

The first grant line of the Wyoming Crossroads Fund will be the Wyoming Cultural CARES emergency grants:

Wyoming Cultural CARES Grants
Rolling deadline each Friday while funds available. Apply by noon MDT on May 15, 2020, for first review.
Grants between $5,000 to $15,000 will be made to Wyoming cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Notification of awards will be within seven days. Rolling application process will remain open only while funding remains, with weekly deadlines at noon on Friday of each week with a seven-day notification. All applications received by noon on Friday, May 15,will be considered in the first review.

CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries



From the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Museums and libraries have never been more essential to their communities,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “COVID-19 has not only created a public health emergency, but it has also created a deep need for trusted community information, education, and connection that our libraries and museums are designed to provide.”

The CARES Act allocated funding to IMLS to enable libraries, museums, and organizations serving tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing Internet accessible devices, and providing technical support services to their communities. The $15 million available through these new grants follows previous phases of funding announced over the past few weeks.

The deadline for submitting applications to either funding opportunity is June 12, 2020, with award announcements anticipated in August.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries support museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services assist tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed.

“Access to and use of all kinds of health, job, government, educational, social, and cultural resources are necessary to weathering the current situation, beginning efforts to reopen, and providing services to sustain communities,” said Kemper. “Together, we can brighten the future for museums, libraries, tribal communities, and people across America.”

Upcoming Webinars

Interested applicants are invited to attend free informational webinars to learn more:

  • IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries: Thursday, May 14, 12-1 p.m. MDT
  • IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services: Friday, May 15, 12-1 p.m. MDT

These webinars will be through GoToMeeting, and advance registration is required. Recordings will be made available on-demand on the IMLS website.

Grants Available for Historical Records



The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is offering grants of up to $2,500 for projects promoting preservation of and access to Wyoming’s historical records. The grants are available for the period of July 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2021 and are provided through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Learn more and view previous successful applications. Deadline to apply is June 15. Completed applications must be submitted to Kathy Marquis, SHRAB Coordinator and Wyoming State Archivist, at kathy.marquis@wyo.gov or mailed to her attention at the Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002. Contact Kathy by email or call her at (307) 777-8691 with any questions.

The grants are available to Wyoming cultural heritage organizations for projects to process, preserve, and provide increased access to historical records. Projects eligible for funding should focus on making collections of historical records more accessible, with preference given to projects for digitizing and providing online access to historical records, and attending training that will improve your organization’s ability to complete these types of projects.

The Wyoming SHRAB promotes the identification, preservation and dissemination of the state’s historical records, by encouraging and supporting ongoing training programs for state, tribal and local governments, local repositories, organizations, and others involved in records care in Wyoming. The program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

Grant Opportunities



Wyoming Community Foundation COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
DEADLINE: Ongoing while funds are available
The WYCF Response and Recovery Fund will provide resources to nonprofits and other organizations directly supporting vulnerable residents and families in Wyoming. In this first phase, they are prioritizing organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis.

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations
DEADLINE: May 11, 2020
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations grant program. The purpose of this emergency relief program is to assist institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus. In keeping with Congress’s intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposals for short-term activities should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff.

ALA Diversity Research Grant Program
DEADLINE: May 15, 2020
The Diversity Research Grant (DRG) consists of a one-time $2500 award for original research. A jury of ALA members evaluates proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant proposals may address any topic that speaks to critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.

Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants
DEADLINE: May 31, 2020
Each year FTRF distributes grants to non-profit organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Weeks celebration (September 27 – October 3, 2020) Staff at all types of libraries, schools, universities, and community organizations are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded at two levels, $1,000 and $2,500.

OCLC Community Engagement Award
DEADLINE EXTENDED to May 31, 2020
This award recognizes projects that help public libraries extend their reach, build strong partnerships and create programs that transform lives. Submissions should highlight a current project or one completed within the past year that innovates, impacts and extends a library’s reach by connecting with community members. Three libraries will be recognized with an award and each will receive $5,000 for their significant community engagement initiatives.

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Virtual Library Services
DEADLINE: June 1, 2020
This funding program is now open to any library, in any state, that would like support for their virtual library programming to continue supporting job seekers and small businesses in your community.

Toshiba America Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: June 1, 2020
Grants up to $5,000 to teachers in grades 6-12 to provide innovative STEM learning in the classroom. Multiple grant deadlines throughout the year with some grant cycles allowing for grants of more than $5,000. Applications must be for project-based learning. They do not consider requests for computers, laptops or tablets.

Nora Van Burgh Development Grants
DEADLINE: June 15, 2020
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 are particularly encouraged to apply, though any current member of WLA may apply.

2020 Scholastic Book Clubs & James Patterson Classroom Library Grants
DEADLINE: July 31,2020
Author James Patterson is giving $2.5 million to help teachers build their classroom libraries. The Patterson Partnership will award 5,000 teachers with $500 in individual grants matched by 500 Bonus Points from Scholastic Book Clubs to acquire books and other materials needed to enhance their classroom libraries. The grant program is open to all teachers in Pre-K through grade 12 in U.S. schools.

NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations Grants



The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations grant program.

The purpose of this emergency relief program is to assist institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus. In keeping with Congress’s intent in enacting the CARES Act, proposals for short-term activities should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. Eligible applicants include U.S. nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, public and 501(c)(3) accredited institutions of higher education, state and local governmental agencies, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments.

Learn more and find out how to apply. Deadline is May 11, 2020.

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Grants



Wyoming academic and public libraries are invited to apply for funding to support a workforce development program in their library. The American Library Association and Google have provided $8,000 to the Wyoming State Library to fund these awards. Libraries that receive funding will:

  • Implement or expand a program or series of programs for
    • jobseekers to prepare for or find work and/or
    • small businesses or entrepreneurs to grow online.
  • Conduct programming between May 1 and August 1.
  • Use at least one GoWYLD.net resource found in the Business and/or Job & Career Support subject sections.
  • Use at least one of the Grow with Google resources for jobseekers and/or small businesses.

Libraries may also use their own resources, resources provided by the Wyoming State Library, or the Public Library Association’s DigitalLearn.org program.

Download the full grant guidelines. Application deadline is April 30, 2020.

Funds may be used for anything the library determines is necessary to continue or expand services and programs related to workforce development. Examples of ways funds may be used include, but are not limited to: marketing and outreach materials to advertise your programs, program materials and refreshments provided to participants, a stipend to program facilitators, bus passes for participants, or vouchers for professional headshots for LinkedIn accounts. Funds may not be spent on overhead, staff salaries, building materials, or capital works.

Grant funds will be reimbursed after the program(s) take place unless other arrangements have been made.

Grant Opportunities



Wyoming Community Foundation COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund
DEADLINE: Ongoing while funds are available
The WYCF Response and Recovery Fund will provide resources to nonprofits and other organizations directly supporting vulnerable residents and families in Wyoming. In this first phase, they are prioritizing organizations that are serving communities and individuals who are immediately and disproportionately suffering from this crisis.

Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grant
DEADLINE EXTENDED to April 10, 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).

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Grant
DEADLINE: April 30, 2020
Wyoming Academic and Public Libraries are invited to apply for funding to support a workforce development program in their library. Libraries that receive funding will implement or expand a program or series of programs for jobseekers to prepare for or find work and/or small businesses or entrepreneurs to grow online. Programming is to be conducted between May 1 and August 1.

U.S. Bank Work Grants
DEADLINE: April 30, 2020
Funds organizations that provide training for small business development, as well as programs that support individuals across all skill and experience levels, to ensure they have the capability to gain employment that supports individuals and their families. Financial literacy programs are eligible for funding. Applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a municipal entity.

Colocation America STEM Grant
DEADLINE: May 1, 2020
Through the program, grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded in support of programs that inspire and encourage K-12 students to pursue their interest and curiosity in STEM. Eligible programs and projects include those that offer students an innovative approach to learning STEM; developmentally appropriate STEM curriculum and/or resources; and activities that support real-life application of STEM knowledge.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: May 31, 2020
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, 2020.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 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.

Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services Awards & Scholarships
DEADLINE: August 1, 2020
ABOS sponsors six awards: the John Philip Excellence in Outreach Award, the Carol Hole Conference Attendance Award, the Bernard Vavrek Scholarship, the ABOS Rising Stars Award, the ABOS Innovation in Outreach Programming Award, and the Outstanding Bookmobile Librarian Award. All award winners will be notified by August 25. Questions may be directed to David Kelsey, 2020 ABOS Awards and Scholarships Committee Chair, awards@abos-outreach.com