Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Grant Opportunities



Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with image of megaphoneColocation American STEM Innovation Grants
DEADLINE for letter of intent: May 13, 2022
Grants of up to $7,500 in support of programs that inspire and encourage Pre-K-12 students to pursue their interest and curiosity in STEM. Eligible programs and projects will offer students an innovative approach to learning STEM, developmentally appropriate STEM curriculum and/or resources, and activities that support the real-life application of STEM knowledge.

Wyoming Women’s Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: May 16, 2022
Grants are designed with the specific purpose of promoting long-term economic self-sufficiency of women and opportunities for girls living within the state of Wyoming. Funding priorities are income and asset development, mentoring, and systems change.

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants
DEADLINE: May 19, 2022
Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to support efforts to help students who are reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. The program supports the implementation or expansion of new or existing literacy programs, the purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, and/or the purchase of books, materials, or software for literacy programs.

Union Pacific Foundation: Community Ties Giving Program
DEADLINE: May 31, 2022

The Union Pacific Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities served by Union Pacific Railroad, primarily in the midwestern and western United States. Through the Community Ties Giving Program, the Foundation provides local grants to nonprofit organizations that address the following categories: Safety, Workforce Development, and Community Spaces. Local grants generally range from $2,500 to $25,000.

NEH Digital Projects for the Public
DEADLINE: June 8, 2022
Optional Draft due May 5, 2022
The National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects for the Public program supports projects that interpret and analyze humanities content in primarily digital platforms and formats, such as websites, mobile applications and tours, interactive touch screens and kiosks, games, and virtual environments.

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.

Wish You Well Foundation’s Family Literacy Donations
DEADLINE: Rolling
The mission of the Wish You Well Foundation is to support family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.

The Awesome Foundation: Grants for Projects
DEADLINE: Rolling
The Awesome Foundation funds projects that challenge and expand our understanding of our individual and communal potentials, bringing communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: all people and organizations; there are no prerequisites.

Grant Opportunities



Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with image of megaphoneWyoming Arts Council Community Support Grants
DEADLINE: April 15, 2022
The Community Support Grant offers operating and/or project support, as well as arts learning support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. Grant funding is available for programs and services that take place between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. An organization is eligible to receive up to $7,000 in operating and/or project support and up to $3,000 in arts learning support for a total of up to $10,000 in grant funding.

Kubota’s Hometown Proud Community Revitalization Grants
DEADLINE: April 15, 2022
In honor of its 50th anniversary in the United States, Kubota will award five grants of $100,000 each to revitalize or refresh community spaces. Also, new this year, each of the five grant winners will have a chance at an additional $100,000 Kubota Community Choice Award selected by public vote this summer. To be considered, all grant submissions must be entered by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status organization or a city, town, or other municipality.
The nominated project must be within a 50-mile radius of an authorized Kubota dealer to qualify.

ALA COVID Library Relief Fund
DEADLINE: April 21, 2022
The American Library Association (ALA) will make available emergency relief grants of $20,000 to more than 75 libraries this year that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. These funds are intended to bolster library operations and services including broadening technology access, developing collections, providing digital instruction, staffing, and expanding outreach, as well as maintaining and amplifying existing service strategies or adding new ones to extend impact through the end of 2022.

2022 EBSCO Solar Library Grants
Deadline: April 29, 2022
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. $300,000 in grants are available to libraries looking to fund a solar project to reduce electricity costs. All academic, school and public libraries that are current EBSCO customers are eligible to apply. EBSCO will pay for the initial installation through the grant. The library, town, or college will own the system and will be responsible for all post-installation/ongoing maintenance of the solar array.

Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference Scholarships
OPENS: April 5, 2022
DEADLINE: May 3, 2022
Several competitive scholarships are available to support attendance at the 2022 ARSL conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from September 14-17. One student scholarship includes a year’s ARSL membership; all others are limited to ARSL members. Conference theme is “Connecting at the Crossroads: On Track to Real Change.”

Emergency Connectivity Fund
OPENS: April 28, 2022
DEADLINE: May 13, 2022
For eligible schools and libraries, the ECF Program will cover reasonable costs of laptop and tablet computers; Wi-Fi hotspots; modems; routers; and broadband connectivity purchases for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons. NOTE: Organizations must be registered on SAM, which can take up to 20 days for to become active. Apply as soon as possible at www.sam.gov. See the ECF toolkit for more instructions on Preparing to Apply for the ECF Program.

Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) Grants
DEADLINE: May 31, 2022
The Wyoming SHRAB offers awards of up to $2,500 to Wyoming cultural heritage organizations for projects to process, preserve, and provide increased access to historical records. Three categories are funded: training, consulting services, and special projects. The grants are available for the period of July 1, 2022 thru July 31, 2023 and are provided through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: May 31, 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 May 31, 2022, for continuing education events starting no earlier than July 1, 2022.

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Community Improvement Grants
DEADLINE: June 15, 2022
The foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 (with most ranging between $2,000 and $5,000) in support of proposals in support of community enhancement, including libraries. Projects will be supported that have a bearing on communities served by Rocky Mountain Power or Pacific Power, including areas of Wyoming.

SHRAB Grants Help You Put Your Records Online



National Archives logoThe Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is offering grants of up to $2,500 for projects promoting the preservation of and access to Wyoming’s historical records.

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, 2022 thru June 30, 2023, and are provided through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a branch of the National Archives.

Apply here. Deadline to apply is May 31. Learn more and see examples of projects that have been funded in the past. All projects related to the mission and goals of the SHRAB will be considered.

Contact Sara Davis, SHRAB Coordinator and Wyoming State Archivist, with any questions at (307) 777-8691 or sara.davis@wyo.gov. Completed applications must be submitted by May 31, 2022, using the online application form on the WY SHRAB website, in digital format to Sara at the email address above, or mailed to Sara Davis, 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.

American Library Association Offers COVID Relief Grants



Text reads: THE ALA COVID LIBRARY RELIEF FUND with American Library Association logo

The American Library Association (ALA) will make available $1.55 million in emergency relief grants to more than 75 libraries this year that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, tribal, and correctional libraries across the United States and U.S. Territories to apply for grants of $20,000.

Deadline to apply is April 21, 2022, at 10:59 p.m. MDT. Learn more and access the application form.

Libraries serving low income and rural communities, or communities that are predominately Black, Latino, Asian, Indigenous, and People of Color, are especially encouraged to apply.

Application information webinar

A free one-hour webinar on the ALA COVID Library Relief Fund application will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. MDT.

Register to attend this informational session. If unable to attend, this webinar will be recorded and sent out to all registrants.

Purpose of the grants

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund continues to represent some of the most significant grant opportunities available to libraries outside of federal funding. These funds are intended to bolster library operations and services including:

  • broadening technology access
  • developing collections
  • providing digital instruction
  • staffing

In addition, funds will support maintaining and amplifying existing service strategies or adding new ones to extend impact through the end of 2022.

Find more grant opportunities from the Wyoming State Library blog.

Grant Opportunities



AILA/APALA Talk Story Literacy Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2022
The American Indian Library Association and the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association are offering four $500 mini-grants, for the Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture literacy program. This family literacy program reaches out to Asian/Pacific Islander American (APIA), and American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) children and their families.

Western Writers of America 2022 Book Display Contest
CONTEST OPEN: April 4 – May 3, 2022
Western Writers of America is challenging booksellers, museum gift shop managers, and librarians to create a window or shelf display that highlight western authors and western musicians and their work. The store, library, and museum gift shop judged to have the best display will each win $500.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 5, 2022
School librarians are invited to apply for a $5,000 award recognizing outstanding humanities programming in kindergarten through eighth grade.  In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on programming, submissions of virtual programs are highly encouraged. Nominated programs must have taken place during the current school year (2021-22). Programs that are still in progress as of the award deadline are eligible, and librarians are encouraged to self-nominate.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 15, 2022
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.

A.rt R.esources T.ransfer Library Program
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Thousands of free art books are available for distribution to public and school libraries in underserved communities. Participating libraries may order books once annually. Branch libraries may participate independently or through their main library. All items received must be cataloged in the library’s holdings and made available to all patrons.

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: February 17, 2022
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and libraries that offer literacy programs in communities served by Dollar General. Grants are available for adult literacy, family literacy, youth literacy, and summer reading.

Rural Development Broadband ReConnect Program Grants
Deadline: February 22, 2022
Furnishes loans and grants to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in eligible rural areas. To be eligible, at least 90% of households in the proposed funded service area (PFSA) must lack sufficient access to broadband service, as defined in the latest Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Community Improvement Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2022
The foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 (with most ranging between $2,000 and $5,000) in support of proposals in support of education/STEM. Projects will be supported that have a bearing on communities served by Rocky Mountain Power or Pacific Power, including Wyoming.

John Cotton Dana Award
DEADLINE: March 18, 2022
The John Cotton Dana Award is one of the most prestigious awards given to libraries and honors outstanding library public relations. Up to eight $10,000 awards will be provided by the H.W. Wilson Foundation in 2022. Libraries of all types and sizes are encouraged to submit entries for a 2022 John Cotton Dana Award. Entries should highlight a strategic communications campaign from the past year.

Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
DEADLINE: March 18, 2022
The grant provides monetary support to participate in continuing educational event(s) to keep current in their career field. The American Library Association Learning Round Table (LearnRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between September 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023.

AARP Community Challenge
DEADLINE: March 22, 2022
Provides small grants to fund quick-action projects that can help communities become more livable for people of all ages. This year, applications will be accepted for projects to improve public spaces, housing, transportation and civic engagement; support diversity, equity and inclusion; build engagement for programs under new federal laws; and pursue innovative ideas that support people age 50 or older.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: March 31, 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 March 31, 2022, for continuing education events starting no earlier than May 1, 2022.

The Pilcrow Foundation Children’s Book Project
DEADLINE: April 1, 2022
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.

Believe in Reading Grants
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Believe in Reading targets successful literacy programs which serve populations that show out of the ordinary needs, such as geographic areas with low reading scores and high poverty levels. Believe in Reading will supply funds only if they are earmarked for literacy, not just a general campaign. Reading must be the prime activity.

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NEH Public Humanities Projects Grants
DEADLINE: January 12, 2022
The Public Humanities Projects program 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. Small and mid-sized organizations are especially encouraged to apply.

Les Paul Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: January 15, 2022
Funding consideration is given to programs and projects that encourage innovation in music production and/or performance and to innovative STEM or STEAM programs for students and others in challenging situations. All applicants must describe how Les Paul’s story will be shared.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Grants
DEADLINE: Letter of Intent by January 31, 2022
Supports development projects and promising research with the potential to significantly enhance the physical and mental health, safety, nutrition, play, social integration, and/or quality of life of children, from birth through seven years of age. Grants are only made if a successful project outcome will likely be of significant interest to other professionals, within the grantee’s field of endeavor, and would have a direct benefit and potential national application.

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2022
The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant recognizes, promotes and supports innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. It will provide two grants of $2,000 for a school, public, academic, tribal or special library to expand its community engagement efforts. For the 2021–2022 cycle, libraries are invited to submit applications for a community engagement project that focuses on a social justice issue of importance in their communities.

Peggy Barber Tribute Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2022
This grant recognizes, promotes, and supports meaningful programs in libraries that have limited and/or no access to budgetary support for programming. Three libraries will be awarded $2,500 to support a proposed humanities-based program, program series, or programming effort. Applicants must be members of ALA or ARSL.

Lola Homsher Research Grants
DEADLINE: February 28, 2022
Need financial assistance to help finalize your history project?  The Wyoming State Historical Society, a non-profit membership driven educational organization, offers cash grants to people involved in research activities based on various aspects of the state’s history.  The grants, ranging from $100 up to $1,500 are awarded based on applications submitted to the Society’s Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Committee.

Support Your Local Pollinators — Applications Open!



Image of bee approaching flowers. Text reads: "Support Your Local Pollinators #PlantWildflowers"

To celebrate and support native and wild pollinator populations, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and PBS Nature are launching #PlantWildflowers, a nationwide education and action initiative to highlight pollinator diversity and spark local efforts to support wild pollinators.

Across the US.. and Canada, they’re inviting libraries to host localized pollinator celebration events that will build community collaborations, highlight the crucial role bees and other pollinators play, and give members the opportunity to support local pollinators by planting native wildflowers. Selected libraries will receive a $1,000 honorarium, regionalized pollinator-friendly wildflower seed packets for distribution, and a variety of informal and formal pollinator-focused educational activity tools.

Participating libraries will be asked to host at least two events during the Spring and Summer of 2022, each with a focus on engaging family audiences, or other constituents.

All materials, other than the honorarium and the seed packets and displays, will be available for free to all libraries, whether selected to participate as a premiere #PlantWildflowers partner or not. Learn more.

Grant Opportunities



Public Library Association 2022 Conference Grants
DEADLINE: December 8, 2021
PLA is giving away 15 scholarships to provide financial assistance for public library workers and students to attend the PLA 2022 Conference in Portland, Oregon, March 23–25. Each scholarship includes complimentary registration, one year of ALA and PLA membership, and a $500 stipend for travel and housing. These scholarships may not be applied toward the PLA 2022 Virtual Conference.

Save America’s Treasures Collection Grants
DEADLINE: December 14, 2021
Save America’s Treasures is a National Park Service grant program in collaboration with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant program supports the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections and requires a dollar-for-dollar match.

Walmart Community Grant Program
DEADLINE: December 31, 2021
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of local nonprofit organizations within the service area of individual Walmart or Sam’s Club stores for projects that benefit the community at large. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally and directly benefit the service area of the store from which they are requesting funding.

Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit
DEADLINE: January 3, 2022
One hundred public and school libraries will receive free books and resources through an effort to distribute diverse and inclusive financial literacy resources for children and young people. The giveaway is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation).

NEH Public Humanities Projects Grants
DEADLINE: January 12, 2022
The Public Humanities Projects program 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. Small and mid-sized organizations are especially encouraged to apply.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: January 31, 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 January 31, 2022, for continuing education events starting no earlier than March 1, 2022.

Lola Homsher Research Grants
DEADLINE: February 28, 2022
Need financial assistance to help finalize your history project?  The Wyoming State Historical Society, a non-profit membership driven educational organization, offers cash grants to people involved in research activities based on various aspects of the state’s history.  The grants, ranging from $100 up to $1,500 are awarded based on applications submitted to the Society’s Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Committee.

Apply now for an Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit



"Thinking Money for ALL Kids" banner

One hundred public and school libraries will receive free books and resources through an effort to distribute diverse and inclusive financial literacy resources for children and young people. The giveaway is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation).

Library workers are invited to apply online to receive one of the kits for their library. Applications will be accepted until January 3, 2022. The application will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please only submit one application per library or branch. Public and school libraries (serving children in grades K–8) located in the U.S. and U.S. territories are eligible to apply.

All Americans need to master the knowledge and skills to make smart financial choices and prepare for whatever the future brings. Unfortunately, books that seek to teach children and young people good financial habits often, perhaps unknowingly, lack diverse characters and reinforce harmful stereotypes.

ALA and the FINRA Foundation have collaborated with a team of librarian advisors to develop a book list that eschews stereotypes and embraces diversity in telling stories and sharing skills related to personal finance and financial capability for children.

One hundred participating libraries will receive a printed copy of the “Thinking Money for (ALL) Kids” book list with corresponding best practices and programming ideas for public and school libraries; a print copy of “Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools” edited by Melanie Welch and Patrick Hogan for the ALA Public Programs Office (ALA Editions, 2020), a ready-to-use guide for library staff with 16 model financial capability programs; and one print copy of five books from the book list for libraries to add to their circulating collection.

A digital version of the “Thinking Money for (ALL) Kids” book list will be made available, free of charge, to the library field upon its completion in spring 2022. To be notified when the digital guide is available, sign up for ALA’s Programming Librarian newsletter.