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Grant Opportunities



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

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

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

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

McMurry Grants at the WYCF



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

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

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

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

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

 

Grant Opportunities



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grant Opportunities



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

Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
DEADLINE: July 15, 2019
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is currently accepting applications for the Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. The theme is “Growing Up Brave on the Margins.” Up to 35 libraries will receive 11 paperback copies each (10 to gift to participants; 1 for discussion leader/library collection) of up to four books on the reading list, A programming grant of up to $1,200, Travel and accommodation expenses paid for attendance at a two-day orientation workshop, as well as additional resources.

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

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

Grant Opportunities



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

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

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

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: May 31, 2019
Want to attend a conference or workshop to build your library skills? Take an online course? Start working toward that library media specialist endorsement or master’s degree in library science? Funds are available to those working or volunteering in Wyoming libraries through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education. Applications are accepted six times during the year. The next deadline is May 31 for continuing education events starting no earlier than July 1, 2019.

Local Government Energy Improvement Grants
DEADLINE: May 31, 2019

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

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

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

Upcoming Webinar: Get Grants from the NNLM



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

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

Register for the webinar.

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

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

Grants Available Through NNLM



From the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Learning about health in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado. Photo credit: NNLM.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is offering a new set of funding opportunities for library staff interested in partnering with their communities to spur learning and activities focused on health issues, or in developing their professional skills around health information. Some 17 award types are available starting in May in sizes large and small for programming, community engagement, and staff professional development. A second round of grants will be announced in the summer.

Collaborate with another organization on a library program or a project

Three awards provide support for libraries that team with other organizations. The Community-Based Organization Engagement Subaward offers up to $2,500 for work with local organizations. The K-12 School Partnership General Subaward connects libraries to partners in K-12 schools like the school media center, school nurse or a health/science teacher for projects up to $2,500. NNLM MCR also offers a specialized K-12 subaward focusing on substance misuse, also for a project up to $2,500. In addition, many awards — such as the All of Us large and small programming awards — recognize the importance of partnerships in their funding decisions.

Conduct a public library program or series of programs

NNLM also offers two types of programming subawards for public libraries. The Public Library Programming Subaward offers up to $2,500 for library projects that increase the awareness of and education on health topics within a community. The project should incorporate relevant NLM and/or NNLM health information resources like MedlinePlus. The All of Us Community Engagement Network offers an award up to $5,000 for similar projects, with an emphasis on projects geared toward underserved communities.

Examples of projects that could qualify for these awards include programs for chronic illness management, a health fair, healthy lifestyles, a cooking class, or mind/body programming such as yoga or meditation.

Secure an opportunity for professional development

NNLM MCR offers six subawards for various professional development projects. They include the following:

Create citizen science programs at your library

Citizen science aims to get the everyday citizen, including your public library patron, involved in real-world scientific research through techniques such as crowdsourcing. The Librarian’s Guide to Citizen Science outlines in detail how you can get your library in on this trend.

The Citizen Scientist Support Subaward funds projects such as one monitoring water quality in the community. The K-12 Partnership Project: Citizen Science and NLM Resources Subaward does much the same, only in a school setting and with National Library of Medicine resources included as part of the project. The award is for up to $1,000.

Upgrade technology

Maybe you are looking for a way to upgrade a piece of technology to ensure access to high-quality health information or to apply specialized tools to your community-engagement efforts. Funds of up to $2,000 are available through four Technology Improvement Subaward and up to $5,000 is available through one Library Engagement Technology Subaward.

Promote diversity

Want to be a catalyst for change? Two Diverse Populations and Program Inclusion Subawards will fund up to $2,500 to support partnerships with community-based organizations that are addressing diversity and inclusion.

Execute a large-scale strategy for public library programs or projects

If you are based in one of six geographical areas on which the All of Us Community Engagement Network is focusing, you may be able to apply for an All of Us Outreach Library Programming Large Subaward of up to $80,000 this summer. These subawards can be used to fund creative ways of addressing community needs surrounding health information, such as hiring a part-time health education worker to support library staff.

The large subawards are currently open only to libraries in the metropolitan areas of Kansas City, Omaha, Wichita and Denver, and in the states of Utah and Wyoming. We suggest you contact MCR All of Us Coordinator George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu or your state NNLM coordinator to discuss your idea well before applying. Among other things, the application should demonstrate that the project includes the community and is responsive to community needs.

Grants to Make Wyoming Historical Records Accessible



Does your library, historical society, or museum have historical photographs, documents, or audio-visual media that you’d like to share with the world? Consider applying for a Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) grant to help you make your unique resources more widely available.

Wyoming’s SHRAB is offering grants of up to $2,500 for projects promoting preservation of and access to Wyoming’s historical records. The deadline to apply for the grants is June 1.

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 include: processing collections of historical records, digitizing historical records, providing online access to records, and attending training that will improve your organization’s ability to complete these types of projects.

The grants are available for the period of July 1, 2019 thru June 30, 2020, and are provided through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. All projects related to the mission and goals of the SHRAB will be considered.

Previous grants have digitized fragile documents, photographs and videos, transcribed and scanned oral history interviews, and allowed grantees to create websites for a veterans’ oral history project. The SHRAB will also consider proposals to provide workshops or webinars related to document preservation and access.

Contact Kathy Marquis, SHRAB Coordinator and Wyoming Deputy State Archivist, with any questions at (307) 777-8691 or kathy.marquis@wyo.gov. Completed applications must be submitted by June 1, 2019, in digital format to Kathy at the email address above or mailed to Kathy Marquis, Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82002.

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



Judith Krug Fund Banned Books Week Event Grants
DEADLINE: April 30, 2019
Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation awards grants to libraries, schools, and universities to support activities which raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship during the annual Banned Books Week celebration. Grants are awarded at two levels: $1,000 and $2,500.

ARSL Fall Conference Scholarships
DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. CDT, May 24, 2019
Scholarships to attend the 2019 Association for Rural & Small Libraries conference September 5-7 in Burlington, Vermont, are available to library science students and ARSL members.

MPLA Professional Development Grants
DEADLINE: May 29, 2019
The Moutnain Plains Library Association (MPLA) awards professional development grants to support formal course work leading to an advanced degree in library science or directly related to an individual’s library position, attendance as a participant or presenter at a library or scholarly workshop, seminar, or conference; visits to another library to receive or provide significant advanced training in library services, and library related research projects. Applicants must be members of MPLA; maximum amount for regular grants is $600 and $150 for mini-grants.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: May 31, 2019
Want to attend a conference or workshop to build your library skills? Take an online course? Start working toward that library media specialist endorsement or master’s degree in library science? Funds are available to those working or volunteering in Wyoming libraries through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education. Applications are accepted six times during the year. The next deadline is May 31 for continuing education events starting no earlier than July 1, 2019.

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

Wyoming Business Council Energy and Efficiency Conservation Grants
DEADLINE: July 31, 2019
The Wyoming Business Council’s State Energy Office will have competitive federal grant funds available for Wyoming local governments, public schools and small businesses seeking to improve their buildings while reducing utility costs. Local governments must sign up for the Wyoming Energy Conservation Improvement Program by May 31, 2019, to receive a free energy assessment. The assessment must be completed before applying.

Enslow Publishing Free Books Raffle
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Every month Enslow Publishing selects a winner of their free books contest. The winner may choose $100 worth of Enslow titles. No purchase is necessary. Simply fill out the online form each month for a chance to win.

Grant Opportunities



Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity
DEADLINE: March 16, 2019
Recognizes U.S. libraries and staff who overcome adversity and 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. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books.

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

Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grant
DEADLINE: April 1, 2019
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.

Native American Library Services Basic Grants
DEADLINE: April 1, 2019
One-year grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. The grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages and are designed to support existing operations and maintain core services of tribal and Native village libraries. Grants may be used to buy library materials, fund salaries and training, provide internet connectivity and computers, or develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations, among other things.

American Heritage Center Travel Grants
DEADLINE: April 15, 2019
The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center offers travel grants of up to $750 each provide support for travel, food, and lodging to carry out research using the AHC’s collections.

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives
DEADLINES: Online initial proposal, April 3, 2019; final proposals September 17, 2019
Intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in the case of a single-institution project or $500,000 for a collaborative project, will be provided to colleges and universities, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, and select government units.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 3, 2019
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.

Fios.Verizon Technology Teacher Grant
DEADLINE: May 21, 2019
Eligible K-12 teachers may apply for a $1,000 grant to use toward the purchase of Virtual Reality (VR) equipment to use in the classroom. Write a brief lesson plan (500 word max. and must be written in English) that creatively details how you would use Virtual Reality (VR) equipment in your classroom to enhance the education experience.