Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Grant and Award Opportunities



Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with image of megaphoneGroMoreGood Grassroots Grant
DEADLINE: February 10, 2023
Funding will be provided to 160 programs to install new or improve existing youth gardens or greenspaces. Nonprofit organizations, school districts, universities, government entities, and other tax-exempt organizations in the United States and its territories that serve at least 15 youth are eligible to apply.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
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 March and September. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339. Please note the grant deadlines have recently changed.

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
Education/STEM grants for priorities that include higher education institutions, K-12, literacy and reading programs, STEM education initiatives, teacher/professional educator development, workforce development/careers and employability, and youth development.. Grants generally are less than $10,000 with most between $2,000 and $5,000.

Great Stories Club Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
Great Stories Club is a thematic reading and discussion program that engages teens who are facing difficult challenges through literature-based library outreach programs. Selected libraries will receive 11 paperback copies of theme-related books to use in the reading and discussion groups as well as a $500 programming stipend, online training, an array of program resources and support throughout the grant term. Great Stories Club resources are available to everyone, even without a grant.

AARP Community Challenge Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
The AARP Community Challenge provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-May, and projects must be completed by November 30. A public Q&A webinar will be held February 8 — register here. to attend.

National Book Fund Grants for Educational Materials
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
The National Book Fund provides adult/teen literacy and basic education programs with educational materials to help teach adults and teens to read. Grants are made in the form of New Readers Press materials requested in the grant proposal and typically average from $500 to $2,000, although greater or lesser funding amounts are considered.

John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award
DEADLINE: March 17, 2023
The John Cotton Dana Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to up to eight libraries. The $10,000 awards will be provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation and honors outstanding library public relations. Libraries of all types and sizes are encouraged to submit. Entries may be submitted by any library, Friends group, consulting agency or service provider, unless they are represented on the JCD committee.

SRMA Archives Fellowship Pilot Program
DEADLINE: March 26, 2023
The Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists (SRMA) is offering a stipend of up to $6,000 for early professionals to participate in their Archives Fellowship Pilot Program. This program is intended to allow early career professionals from underrepresented and marginalized communities to gain experience while also being paid appropriately for their work. Individuals and host organizations must apply jointly. SRMA offers a spreadsheet where interested individuals and organizations can share information and find partners.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: March 31, 2023
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, 2023, for continuing education events starting no earlier than May 1, 2023.

Cultural and Community Resilience Program
OPTIONAL DRAFT DUE: April 11, 2023
DEADLINE: May 16, 2023
National Endowment for the Humanities grants support community-based efforts to mitigate climate change and COVID-19 pandemic impacts, safeguard cultural resources, and foster cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experience.

National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grants
DEADLINE: April 27, 2023
Challenge America offers grants at a set amount of $10,000 primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved. Grants require a cost share/match of $10,000 consisting of cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 5, 2023
School librarians are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade. U.S. school libraries, public or private, that serve children in any combination of grades K-8 are eligible, provided the library is staffed by a state-certified librarian. Libraries are encouraged to self-nominate. Nominated programs must have taken place during the current school year. Programs that are still in progress as of the award deadline are eligible.

Take Advantage of Grants to Further Your Continuing Education



Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with image of megaphoneDon’t let the price tag stop you from attending that conference, signing up for that workshop, taking that online course (in-person or online), or pursuing that degree or library media endorsement!

Money for continuing education is available to those working or volunteering in Wyoming libraries through Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants.

Deadlines

Applications are accepted six times during the year:

  • January 31 for events beginning after March 1
  • March 31 for events beginning after May 1
  • May 31 for events beginning after July 1
  • July 31 for events beginning after September 1
  • September 30 for events beginning after November 1
  • November 30 for events beginning after January 1

Application process

Best yet, grants are easy to apply for. The simple application form asks for projected costs, why you chose the event or course, and how it will benefit your career. They’re administered by the Wyoming Community Foundation, so you’ll create a WYCF account to apply.

Reporting is simple as well. Just be sure to turn it in after the event! Applicants are ineligible for future grants if they did not submit a final report on one they received.

Library grants

In addition to the individual grants, the McMurry Foundation offers grants to libraries for Education & Training, Library Resources, and Library Foundation Development. Deadlines for these are March 15 with notification by June 15, and September 15 with notification by December 15.

Learn more

Access applications for both types of grants from the WYCF. Learn more about the Carol McMurry Library Endowment on the Wyoming State Library website. Questions? Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339.

 

Grant Opportunities



Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with image of megaphoneNational Endowment for the Arts Big Read
DEADLINE: January 18, 2023, for Intent to Apply; completed applications due January 25, 2023
The NEA Big Read annually provides support to selected nonprofit organizations around the country to host dynamic community-wide reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read title.

The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity
DEADLINE: February 1, 2023
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.

EBSCO Information Services Library Staff Development Award
DEADLINE: February 1, 2023
An annual award consisting of $3,500 and a 24k gold-framed 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.

FINRA Foundation Library Grants
DEADLINE: March 1, 2023
The FINRA Foundation is accepting grant applications to help public and academic libraries meet the financial education needs of their communities and foster financial inclusion. The maximum grant amount is $50,000. The program also aims to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in access to personal finance education and information.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: March 15, 2023
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 March and September. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339. Please note the grant deadlines have recently changed.

Deadlines Change for McMurry Endowment Grants to Libraries



Wyoming Community Foundation log in brown, orange, green and tan colorsThe Wyoming Community Foundation has changed its schedule for competitive grants, which includes the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries. McMurry grants to individuals for training and continuing education have not been affected.

Instead of a summer cycle and winter cycle, the WYCF will have a spring and fall cycle with deadlines falling on March 15 and September 15 each year. March applicants will be notified of the decision by June 15, and September applicants will be notified by December 15.

These grants provide support to publicly accessible Wyoming libraries in three areas: education and training, library resources, and library foundation development. Libraries are encouraged to take this opportunity. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions about the grants or the application process at brian.greene@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6339. WYCF staff are also available to answer questions at (307) 721-8300.

Grant Opportunities



Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with image of megaphonePenguin Random House Grants for Small & Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: December 12, 2022
This grant is available to libraries that have a service population of 25,000 or fewer and are located five or more miles from the nearest town of 25,000 or more. Applicants may request a monetary grant in support of a community-oriented project for up to $1,000 or an in-kind grant donation of up to $1,000 in equivalent value to support a circulating collection.

Walmart Community Grant Program
DEADLINE: December 31, 2022
Grants of $250 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.

ProLiteracy: Literacy Opportunity Fund
DEADLINE: January 3, 2022

ProLiteracy supports adult literacy programs across the United States. The Literacy Opportunity Fund, administered by ProLiteracy with funding by the Nora Roberts Foundation, awards grants to nonprofit organizations within the United States that provide literacy services directly to students. Grants ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 support general operating expenses. Applications are reviewed quarterly.

ACP Navigator Pilot Program (NPP) Outreach Grant
DEADLINE: January 9, 2023
Provides funding to support outreach activities (including application assistance) by trusted, neutral third-party entities, such as schools and school districts, or other local or state government entities, to increase awareness and encourage participation in the  Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) among eligible households. NPP funding will only be provided to entities that are selected to participate in the ACP Navigator Pilot Program. Awards are $50,000 to $1 million.

Peggy Barber Tribute Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2023 by 10:59 (MST)
Annual grant that recognizes, promotes and supports meaningful programs in libraries that have limited and/or no access to budgetary support for programming. This grant aims to help ease budget challenges by annually awarding three libraries $2,500 to support a proposed program, program series or programming effort. Applicants must have a membership with either ALA or ARSL.

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2023 by 10:59 (MST)
Annual grant to recognize, promote, and support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students, or local organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community. Library/applicant must hold either an ALA institutional membership or ALA personal membership.

Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities
DEADLINE: February 28, 2023, by 10:59 pm (MST)
Grants will be available to small and rural libraries to increase the accessibility of facilities, services, and programs to better serve people with disabilities. Selected libraries will receive $10,000 or $20,000 to support costs related to their community engagement project; virtual training to assist project directors in developing their community engagement, facilitation, and disability service skills; a suite of online resources developed to support local programs; and technical and project support from the ALA Public Programs Office throughout the grant term.

Wyoming Humanities Crossroads Grants: Digital Media & Preservation
DEADLINE: April 14, 2023
Grants support the larger multi-year thematic initiative of Wyoming Humanities. Nonprofit organizations will be encouraged to explore the idea of growth through change and create programming and project opportunities that dig deep into themes related to Wyoming’s identity, our sense of community, our connection to the land, unwavering persistence, and of course our ability to manage change.

T-Mobile Hometown Grants
DEADLINE: Open on quarterly basis
The T-Mobile Hometown Grants program will help fund projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections in small towns. Towns of under 50,000 population may apply for up to $50,000.

Libraries Transforming Communities Grants for Rural Accessibility



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The American Library Association (ALA) invites applications from small and rural libraries for the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Accessible Small and Rural Communities grant. More than $7 million in grants will be available to small and rural libraries to increase the accessibility of facilities, services, and programs to better serve people with disabilities.

Those interested in applying are encouraged to register for a free pre-application webinar on November 8, 2022.

Selected libraries will receive $10,000 or $20,000 to support costs related to their community engagement project; virtual training to assist project directors in developing their community engagement, facilitation, and disability service skills; a suite of online resources developed to support local programs; and technical and project support from the ALA Public Programs Office throughout the grant term.

Library workers may apply online for grant funding from November 1, 2022, to February 28, 2023, at ala.org/LTCAccess. To be eligible, a library must have a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and be located at least five miles from an urbanized area.

Up to 300 libraries will be awarded in this application period, part of ALA’s longtime community engagement initiative, with a second application to open in early Fall 2023 for an additional 300 grants.

Grant Opportunities



Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with image of megaphoneWorld on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration
DEADLINE: November 14, 2022
In partnership with the American Anthropological Association (AAA), the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is seeking sites to host World on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration, a national exhibition that aims to help people appreciate migration histories — their own and those of others — by drawing on a wealth of case studies from across human history and the breadth of cultures. Fifteen public libraries will be selected to host the 1,000 square foot exhibit for approximately five weeks. Selected sites will also receive a $500 stipend to conduct public programs, events, or activities related to the human migration themes explored in the exhibition.

Society of American Archivists Foundation Grants
DEADLINE FOR LOI: November 15, 2022
Awards between $500 and $5,000 for work that meet strategic planning priorities and/or the foundation’s mission and goals. Applicants must make direct and substantive reference to how an award of funds will advance one or more of the strategic goals of the SAA Foundation and/or the Society of American Archivists.

Veterans Business Outreach Center Program
DEADLINE: November 23, 2022
Offers support to provide quality training and counseling to veteran small business owners and entrepreneurs. A key component of this program is for applicants to provide training to transitioning military personnel and spouses through the Boots to Business (B2B) Training Program and to veterans and military spouses through the Reboot Training Program. Additionally, applicants will provide counseling, training, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments, and mentoring services.

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries
DEADLINE: November 30, 2022

Provides funds to the nation’s neediest 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. Funds may be used for the purchase of print or Braille volumes, audiobooks, e-books, or magazine/serial/e-magazine subscriptions. Eligible applicants include public schools, neighborhood schools, charter schools, and magnet schools that are Title 1 eligible, as well as private and parochial schools in which at least 50% of the student population qualify for financial aid.

American Association of University Women: Community Action Grants
DEADLINE: December 1, 2022

The AAUW Community Action Grants program provides funding ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 for innovative programs throughout the United States that promote education and equity for women and girls. Eligible applicants include individuals and AAUW organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions.

John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award
DEADLINE: December 31, 2022
This 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.

National Endowment for the Humanities Public Humanities Projects
OPTIONAL DRAFT DUE: December 7, 2022
DEADLINE: January 11, 2023
Supports projects that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming.  Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. Awards support projects that are intended to reach broad and diverse public audiences in non-classroom settings in the United States. Projects should engage with ideas that are accessible to the general public and employ appealing interpretive formats.

Cultural and Community Resilience Program
OPTIONAL DRAFT DUE: December 1, 2022
DEADLINE: January 12, 2023
Supports community-based efforts to mitigate climate change and COVID-19 pandemic impacts, safeguard cultural resources, and foster cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experience. 

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read
DEADLINE: January 18, 2023, for Intent to Apply
The NEA Big Read annually provides support to selected nonprofit organizations around the country to host dynamic community-wide reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read title.

RIPL Scholarship and Facilitator Opportunities



Scholarships and facilitator opportunities are available for the 2023 Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL). The event takes place July 23-26, 2023 in Madison, Wisconsin.

What is RIPL? It’s an immersive, bootcamp-style event for public library staff and others interested in public library data and evaluation to learn practical, strategic methods of gathering, analyzing, and using data for planning, management, and communicating impact. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Scholarships

Up to $16,000 in scholarships is available to participate in the event, funded by the Embedding Evaluation in Libraries: Developing Internal Evaluators initiative through its Institute of Museum and Library Services grant. This scholarship opportunity is open to a) staff working in small and rural public libraries in the United States, and b) public library staff and LIS students in US programs who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Middle Eastern or North African, and/or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Learn more. The application deadline is November 19, 2022.

Facilitators

Up to 12 people will be selected to serve as facilitators at the event. Both RIPL alumni and those who are new to the event are welcome to apply. Facilitators will receive a discount on the registration fee. Learn more. The application deadline is November 19, 2022.

Questions?

Contact info@ripleffect.org.

ALA Accepting Applications for Two Traveling Exhibitions



The American Library Association’s (ALA) Public Programs Office currently has two great traveling exhibitions open for applications from public libraries: World on the Move and Exploring Human Origins. Questions about either exhibition may be directed to Hannah Arata at harata@ala.org or to publicprograms@ala.org.

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World on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration
DEADLINE: November 14, 2022

ALA invites applications from public libraries in the United States and territories interested in hosting the traveling exhibition World on the Move: 250,000 Years of Human Migration, developed by the American Anthropological Association and the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Fifteen public libraries will be selected to host the 1000-square-foot exhibit for approximately five weeks. Selected sites will also receive a $500 stipend to conduct public programs, events or activities related to the human migration themes explored in the exhibition.

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Exploring Human Origins: Promoting a National Conversation on Human Evolution
DEADLINE: November 7, 2022

ALA, in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Human Origins Program, invites applications from public libraries interested in hosting the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins: Promoting a National Conversation on Human Evolution.

Six public libraries will be selected for the national tour. Working with leading scientists from the NMNH Human Origins Program, the libraries will engage audiences across a wide spectrum – from those who do not question the scientific study of human origins to those who are troubled by its findings – to engage the complex field of human evolution research in ways that are understandable, fulfilling, captivating and relevant.

Grant Opportunities



Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with image of megaphoneWhole Kids Foundation Bee Grants
DEADLINE: October 15, 2022
These grant programs allow for schools and non-profit organizations to receive support for educational beehives and bee programming so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in our food system.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
DEADLINE: November 4, 2022
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.

Exploring Human Origins: Promoting a National Conversation on Human Evolution
DEADLINE: November 7, 2022
The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Human Origins Program, invites applications from public libraries interested in hosting the traveling exhibition “Exploring Human Origins: Promoting a National Conversation on Human Evolution.” Six public libraries will be selected to present the exhibition in their communities. Experts from the NMNH Human Origins Program will present in-person or virtual programming at the participating libraries.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: November 30, 2022
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 November 30, 2022, for continuing education events starting no earlier than January 1, 2023.

American Library Association Graduate Program Scholarships
DEADLINE: March 1, 2023
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.