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Grants and Awards

APA Librarian Conference Travel Awards
DEADLINE: November 30, 2018
The APA Librarian Conference Travel Awards are intended to support early- and mid-career librarians who are seeking to attend conferences in order to grow as professionals. Applicants must be currently employed as a librarian at an academic or health sciences library, and have less than 15 years of experience in a library after receiving their MLS.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
Deadline: November 30, 2018
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 for continuing education events starting no earlier than January 1, 2019.

Intersections in Health Equity ALA Midwinter Preconference Grants
DEADLINE: December 3, 2018
Implicit Bias, Health Disparities and Health Literacy: Intersections in Health Equity will be held on January 25, 2019 during ALA Midwinter in Seattle, WA. This interactive preconference will help participants learn how libraries can deepen their work in health literacy and ensure a lasting impact for improving health in their communities. Up to ten professional development awards for preconference attendance are available to public service and programming staff. Eligible costs for this award includes the preconference ticketed event, roundtrip coach airfare, lodging costs, and per diem for meals up to $1,000 total.

National Friends of Libraries Week Award
DEADLINE: December 4, 2018
United for Libraries coordinated the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2018. Libraries and Friends across the country celebrated with city and statewide proclamations, and events including fundraisers, membership drives, author signings, and more. Two Friends groups will receive the National Friends of Libraries Week Award, $250 each, in honor of their celebrations during the week.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: December 15, 2018
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 or (307) 777-6339.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant
DEADLINE: January 31, 2019
Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools, underfunded libraries and other community organizations.

Grants and Awards

Libraries Ready to Code
DEADLINE: November 8, 2018
The American Library Association will award $500 mini-grants to school and public libraries that facilitate a program for youth during Computer Science Education Week, December 3-9, 2018, using Google’s CS First Hour of Code activity. This year, the Scratch-based activity encourages creativity in storytelling so youth can incorporate their own interests while learning to code.

EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award
DEADLINE: December 10, 2018
The EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award is an annual recognition bestowed upon a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less in a manner demonstrating excellent service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment. The award comes with a plaque and a
$1,000 cash award.

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.

NARCAN® Nasal Spray Public Libraries Program
Public libraries in the United States are eligible to receive 1 carton of NARCAN® Nasal Spray (2 doses) along with educational materials to facilitate Opioid Awareness Training for the community.

Awesome Foundation Grants
Have a crazy brilliant idea that needs funding? The Awesome Foundation awards $1,000 grants every month. Awesome projects include initiatives in a wide range of areas including arts, technology, community development, and more. Many awesome projects are novel or experimental, and evoke surprise and delight.

Last Call for Movers & Shakers Nominations

The deadline is fast approaching but there’s still time. Nominations for the 2019 class of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers will be accepted through November 2, 2018.

The editors of Library Journal need your help identifying the emerging leaders in the library world. Movers & Shakers profiles 50 or more up-and-coming, innovative, creative individuals from around the world — both great leaders and behind-the-scenes contributors — who are providing inspiration and model programs for others.

Nominate a deserving Wyoming librarian.

Wyoming has had three librarians named as Movers and Shakers in past years: Amy J. Shelley in 2003, Jamie Markus in 2009, and Carrie Lucas in 2015.

From librarians and non-degreed library workers to publishers, vendors, coders, entrepreneurs, reviewers, and others who impact the library field, Movers & Shakers 2019 will celebrate those people who are moving all types of libraries ahead.

Grant Opportunities

Great Stories Club Series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
DEADLINE: November 16, 2018
ALA’s Great Stories Club is a thematic reading and discussion program that engages underserved teens through literature-based library outreach programs. Grantee benefits include 11 paperback copies 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 in Chicago; and additional resources, training, and support from ALA’s Public Programs Office.

American Creed: Community Conversations
DEADLINE: November 19, 2018
Public library programming grants to host community conversations centered around American Creed, a PBS documentary that invites audiences to consider what America’s ideals and identity ought to be. Up to 50 public libraries will be selected to receive a DVD of the American Creed documentary for their circulating collections; access to a high-quality, projection-ready download of the film, with public performance rights (PPR) included; a $300 stipend to support speaker fees for an eligible public humanities scholar, or access to a representative from the National Writing Project to serve as program moderator; and additional training, resources, and support.

Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More
DEADLINE: December 1, 2018
Are you thinking about developing a new program or service at your library for children, teens or adults with autism (or you would like to expand an existing program)? Do you want to be more supportive of neurodiversity? Adaptive materials and activities that you provide for people with autism are also inclusive of other neurodevelopmental needs, such as ADHD and Down syndrome.

Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Award
DEADLINE: December 1, 2018
This grant, awarded by the ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section, is to provide librarians and paraprofessionals new to the preservation field with the opportunity to attend a professional conference and encourages professional development through active participation at the national level. Award amount: $1,250

Social Media in the Classroom Grant
DEADLINE: December 3, 2018
The Question: How are you using social media to enhance the learning experiences of your students? Enter with either an 800-1,000 word essay or in a 2-3 minute video explaining how you use social media to enhance the learning experience of your classroom. Two winners will be chosen and receive a prize of $1,000 each to use in their classrooms.

Sharing the Gift of Literacy
DEADLINE: December 15, 2018
To celebrate the Toys for Tots Literacy Program 10th anniversary, The UPS Store is giving away $10,000 worth of books and educational resources each to ten organizations that serve underprivileged children across the country. A judging panel will select winners using the following criteria: organization serves disadvantaged children (40%); clearly defines the mission and impact of the organization (30%); and compelling description for need/usage of books and educational resources for children (30%).

Grant Opportunities

Whole Kids Foundation Gardens Grant
DEADLINE: October 15, 2018
The Whole Kids Foundation is dedicated to helping kids eat better and enjoy it. The foundation will provide $2,000 grants to support new or existing edible school gardens.

Whole Kids Foundation Bee Grant
DEADLINE: October 15, 2018
Grants and/or equipment support for an educational bee hive for a K-12 school or non-profit organization.

Big Lots Foundation
DEADLINE: January 1, 2019
Big Lots Foundation funds support programs that will enhance the lives of children and families in the areas of hunger, housing, healthcare, and education. Priority will be given to programs serving women and children. Applicants must have a 501(c)3 public nonprofit status and be located in the United States where near Big Lots stores or distribution centers.

Wish You Well Foundation
To support adult and family literacy in the United States, Wish You Well Foundation is fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants range in size from $200–$10,000. Institutions must have 501(c)3 status.

Kids Need to Read
In order to increase literacy in low-income neighborhoods and schools, Kids Need to Read aims to provide inspiring books to underfunded schools, libraries, and literacy programs. They believe that every child should have access to high-quality reading material, and that this access will inspire growth for them and their communities. Institutions are eligible if they are a governmental agency or 501(c)3 tax exempt organization that serve at least 50% of children at or below the national poverty rate. (Schools may use free and reduced lunch data for poverty level rates).

Award and Grant Opportunities


National School Library of the Year Award
DEADLINE: January 1, 2019
Established in 1963, this award from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recognizes school libraries as an unique and essential part of their learning community. NSLY honors school libraries exemplifying implementation of AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. Monetary prize: $10,000.


Brightly Classroom Makeover
DEADLINE: September 30, 2018
Brightly has a classroom giveaway for back-to-school. Enter for a chance to win 50 new books for your students and a $500 gift card to give your classroom a makeover.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
Deadline: September 30, 2018
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.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
Deadline: November 2,  2018
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.

Award and Grant Opportunities


I Love My Librarian Award
DEADLINE: October 1, 2018
Encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Each year 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Library Journal Librarian of the Year
DEADLINE: October 1, 2018

The LJ editors are seeking nominations for the 31st annual Library Journal Librarian of the Year Award to honor a professional librarian for outstanding achievement and accomplishments reflecting the loftiest service goals of the library profession. Any working professional librarian in any type of library anywhere in North America  is eligible. “Professional” means a person in possession of a master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science and/or holding a position designated “professional” in a library or library service.


Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program
DEADLINE: September 15, 2018
The Foundation for Rural Service provides annual grants for communities served by NTCA members to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants will be concentrated in four major areas: business development, community development, education, and telecommunications. Grants can range from $250 to $5,000.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants
DEADLINE: September 28, 2018
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants fund improvements at public schools throughout the United States. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology updates, tools for STEM programs, or facility renovations and safety improvements. Grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000.

Grant Opportunities

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: July 31, 2018
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.

Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program
DEADLINE: December 31, 2018
Walmart awards community grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 to K-12 schools, government entities, and other non-profits. One of their eight funding areas is education and they’re seeking to support the provision of afterschool enrichment, tutoring, and vocational training for low-income individuals and families.

Sony Grants
Sony focuses the majority of its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas. Sony seeks to apply its financial, technological, and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required of tomorrow’s workforce.

SparkFun Community Partnership Program
This program facilitates one-time collaborations between SparkFun and its community partners to support the work of makers in the field. SparkFun supports organizations that support maker values of open source, collaboration, playfulness, learning at all levels, and making the world a better place through the donation of hardware, expertise, or money.

Verizon Foundation Community Grants
Verizon’s Community Grant funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women, and older adults. Applications by invitation only, contact your local Verizon community relations manager.

Start a Coding Program at Your Small or Rural Public Library

The North Dakota State Library (NDSL) received a grant for $249,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the National Leadership Grant for Libraries to help youth learn coding at 50 libraries across the United States through a program called Code Club for Small & Rural Libraries. Your small or rural public library can apply to be one of them.

Small and rural communities are at risk of being left behind as computer programming emerges as a critical skill and the gap in access to computer science education widens between urban and rural America. Code Club for Small & Rural Libraries seeks to enable the libraries in these communities to introduce coding to thousands of youth aged 8-14, which will help them gain the skills needed for college and career readiness and life success.

You can join the effort and help kids in your community with a weekly after school code club. Don’t worry if you are not a computer expert — they will provide all the tools and training you need to be successful. The program is grant-funded, so it is free for your library if you are a successful applicant.

Learn more and apply online. Deadline is July 16, 2018.

Apply now for ALA’s Great Stories Club

Do you love reading and want to help young people in your community love it as well?

The American Library Association (ALA) is accepting applications through July 9 for the Great Stories Club, a grant program in which library workers lead book club programs with underserved teens.

Working with small groups of teens, grantees will host reading and discussion programs for up to four thematically related books — chosen by librarians and scholars to resonate with reluctant readers struggling with complex issues like academic probation, detention, incarceration, violence and poverty.

Up to 150 libraries will be selected. All types of libraries are eligible, as long as they work in partnership with, or are located within, organizations that serve under-resourced youth. Read the full project guidelines.

Choose one or both of the following themes:

  • “Empathy: The Cost of Switching Sides” (View titles)
  • “What Makes a Hero? Self, Society and Rising to the Occasion” (View titles)

Benefits include:

  • 11 copies of each of the selected titles (10 to gift to participants, one for the library collection)
  • Travel and accommodation expenses paid for one library staff member to attend a project orientation workshop in Chicago. (Libraries selected to implement both themes may be assigned to attend only one workshop)
  • Additional training, resources and support

Visit for full project guidelines and to apply online. Apply by July 9, 2018. Questions? Contact ALA’s Public Programs Office at