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$2 Million in Humanities Funding Available to Libraries Through ALA



American Library Association logoThe American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries to apply for funding through its American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, a grantmaking program to deliver relief to libraries recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2021.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, ALA will distribute $2 million to help anchor libraries as strong humanities institutions as they emerge and rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic. The purpose of this emergency relief program is to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic and require support to restore and sustain their core activities.

Up to 200 U.S. libraries of all types (e.g., public, tribal, K-12, academic, special, prison) and representing a broad range of communities will receive $10,000 through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process.

A free webinar to go over the application process will be held October 27 from 12-1 p.m. MDT. Register now to attend.

Selected libraries will receive:

ALA will accept applications until December 2, 2021. Learn more and apply online.

The general goals of this ARP opportunity include to help create or preserve jobs; support or maintain general operations; create or sustain humanities programs; and implement new humanities activities or sustain existing activities. Eligible expenses include salary and benefit support for library workers engaged in humanities activities; costs related to in-person or virtual humanities programming, such as book clubs and guest lectures; and marketing and advertising to support library humanities efforts.

Grant Opportunities



Emergency Connectivity Fund
DEADLINE: October 13, 2021
This $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 helps support remote learning. The program will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of eligible equipment and services that can be provided to students, teachers, and library patrons who lack connected devices, such as laptop or tablet computers, and/or lack broadband access during the pandemic.

Wyoming Humanities American Rescue Plan Grants
DEADLINE: October 15, 2021
Wyoming’s humanities-based non-profit organizations — including libraries, museums, and more — can apply for general operating funds.Thousands of dollars are available for eligible organizations. Funds for general operating support can often be used for salaries, utilities, rent, and much more. Grants are also available for programming and pandemic recovery.

Network of the National Library of Medicine Grants
DEADLINE: October 16, 2021
Two types of grants are available. The Program Improvement Award supports short-term projects to advance access to health information resources. The Engagement and Outreach Award is intended develop new or enhance existing collaborative projects among all library types to increase awareness and use of National Library of Medicine resources. Region 4 (includes Wyoming) members eligible; membership is free.

Communities for Immunity
DEADLINE: October 29, 2021
Communities for Immunity is seeking proposals that address COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake, with an aim to reach vaccine-hesitant populations. This FAQ page includes resources to help you determine which groups in your community might have higher rates of vaccine hesitancy. Awards will range from $1,500-$100,000; projects must be completed by March 31, 2022. Application window opens October 4, 2021.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
DEADLINE: November 5, 2021
The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually.

Connecting Communities Digital Initiative
DEADLINE: November 15, 2021
The Library of Congress will fund two grant programs for applicants to create digital or digital/physical interfaces, publications or exhibits that incorporate Library of Congress digital materials into resources that meet local community needs. This Notice of Funding Opportunity, or “Notice” represents the program specifically for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. A separate Notice is open to minority serving higher education institutions. A third program will support a Scholar or Artist in Residence.

Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage
DEADLINE: December 1, 2021
LTAI: Women’s Suffrage is a reading and discussion project that will spark conversations across the United States about the women’s suffrage movement. Twenty-five libraries will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to support programming costs, ten copies of five themed books, access to programming guides and support materials, virtual training on the LTAI model, a suite of online resources and more.

American Library Association scholarships
DEADLINE: March 1, 2022

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.

Inspire Collection Development Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2022
Grants for existing public middle or high schools to extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school. The fund has $20,000 available; awards are capped at $5,000 per grant.

Inspire Special Event Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2022
Supports a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school. The fund has $10,000 available; awards are capped at $2,000 per grant.

Thousands of Grant Dollars Still Available from Wyoming Humanities



Wyoming Humanities logo with the phrase Think WY celebrating 50 years and a magnifying glassWyoming’s humanities-based non-profit organizations — including libraries, museums, and more — can still apply for general operating funds through Wyoming Humanities American Rescue Plan grants. The next deadline to apply is October 15, 2021. Grants are also available for programming and pandemic recovery.

“I’ve heard from people asking whether they should apply or whether they fit the criteria,” said Chloe Flagg, the director of grants and programming with Wyoming Humanities. “The quick answer is often a resounding ‘yes’ – and if they have any questions, they should absolutely speak with us about these opportunities.”

Thousands of dollars are available for eligible organizations. Funds for general operating support can often be used for salaries, utilities, rent, and much more. This grant is made possible with ARP funding channeled through the National Endowment for the Humanities. This money will support nonprofit organizations as they prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.

The application process has been streamlined and significantly simplified, with no letter of intent required. “The whole process may take just 30 minutes,” Flagg said.

To apply or for more information, visit thinkwy.org/grants or email chloe@thinkwy.org.

Grant Opportunities



Les Paul Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: September 15, 2021
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.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: September 16, 2021
In this third round of grants, up to 100 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that provides community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
DEADLINE for letter of intent: September 30, 2021
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.

Emergency Connectivity Fund
DEADLINE: October 13, 2021
This $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 helps support remote learning. The program will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of eligible equipment and services that can be provided to students, teachers, and library patrons who lack connected devices, such as laptop or tablet computers, and/or lack broadband access during the pandemic. Application window opens September 28, 2021.

Communities for Immunity
DEADLINE: October 29, 2021
Communities for Immunity is seeking proposals that address COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake, with an aim to reach vaccine-hesitant populations. This FAQ page includes resources to help you determine which groups in your community might have higher rates of vaccine hesitancy. Awards will range from $1,500-$100,000; projects must be completed by March 31, 2022. Application window opens up October 4, 2021.

Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage
DEADLINE: December 1, 2021
LTAI: Women’s Suffrage is a reading and discussion project that will spark conversations across the United States about the women’s suffrage movement. Twenty-five libraries will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to support programming costs, ten copies of five themed books, access to programming guides and support materials, virtual training on the LTAI model, a suite of online resources and more. Application window opens September 1, 2021.

Grant Opportunities



Emergency Connectivity Fund
DEADLINE: August 13, 2021
The Emergency Connectivity Fund is a $7.17 Billion program that will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. Eligible schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase connected devices like laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity to serve the unmet needs for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons.

Wyoming Humanities American Rescue Plan Grants
DEADLINE: August 15 to October 15, 2021, depending on specific grant program
Wyoming Humanities ARP Grants will support nonprofit organizations as they “prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.” Three grants will be available to support nonprofit organizations across the state: General Operating Support Grants, Programming Support Grants, and Recovery Support Grants.

ABOS Conference Scholarship
DEADLINE: August 31, 2021
Scholarship opportunity to attend the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) conference from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, All of Us Community Engagement Center. The 30 scholarships awarded will include full registration to the 2021 Virtual ABOS conference as well as a one-year ABOS membership.

Community Collections Grants from the American Folklife Center
DEADLINE: September 7, 2021
The Library of Congress is offering a new series of grants to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States. Up to 10 grant opportunities are available in fall 2021 for up to $60,000 each to fund field research within Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

NSHSS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching Grant
DEADLINE: September 15, 2021
This NSHSS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching Grant is for educators who serve in rural areas, diverse student populations, or are actively promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives in their school or greater community. Applicants should provide their school’s demographics and explain how the funds will directly benefit their students. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of courses.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: September 16, 2021
In this third round of grants, up to 100 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that provides community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities.

I Love My Librarian Award
DEADLINE: September 27, 2021
Has a librarian made a difference in your life? Have they gone above and beyond to help your community during the pandemic? Now’s your chance to celebrate their impact by nominating them for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Up to 10 exceptional school, public, and college/university librarians will be selected to receive $5,000 in recognition of their service to their communities.

Wyoming Crossroads Grants
DEADLINE: Grants awarded quarterly, with applications due September 30 and December 31, 2021, and March 31, 2022
The aim of this grant is to serve the three primary goals of the larger initiative: increase Wyoming’s intellectual, community, social and civic wealth as the state restructures its economy; apply humanities programming in new and innovative ways to reach audiences that do no typically engage in public humanities; and develop new partnerships with groups and associations not typically considered “humanities” or cultural organizations.

New Grant Opportunities from Wyoming Humanities



Wyoming Humanities logo with the phrase Think WY celebrating 50 years and a magnifying glassWyoming Humanities has two new grant opportunities available, both of which can offer significant dollars to nonprofit humanities organizations and organizations that provide humanities programming. The goal of Wyoming Humanities’ grants is to support public programs that use the humanities to explore the state’s histories, stories, issues, and connections between groups and communities.

Wyoming Humanities American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grant
DEADLINE: Applications available July 15
Wyoming Humanities ARP Grants will support nonprofit organizations as they “prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.” Three grants will be available to support nonprofit organizations across the state: General Operating Support Grants, Programming Support Grants, and Recovery Support Grants.

Wyoming Crossroads Grant
DEADLINE: Applications available July 15
Wyoming Crossroads is a state-wide public humanities initiative to bring humanities perspectives to help Wyoming realize growth out of change. The aim of this grant is to serve the three primary goals of the larger initiative: increase Wyoming’s intellectual, community, social and civic wealth as the state restructures its economy; apply humanities programming in new and innovative ways to reach audiences that do no typically engage in public humanities; and develop new partnerships with groups and associations not typically considered “humanities” or cultural organizations.

Executive Director Shawn Reese and Director of Grants and Programming Chloe Flagg will share the application process, details about the grants, and answer questions during a live webinar on Friday, July 16 at 11 am. Click here to register for Explore New Grant Opportunities from Wyoming Humanities.

For more information, visit the Wyoming Humanities website or contact Chloe Flagg, Director of Grants and Programming, at chloe@thinkwy.org or (307) 721-9246.

Grant Opportunities



Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: July 31, 2021
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, 2021, for continuing education events starting no earlier than September 1, 2021.

Nora Van Burgh Development Grants
DEADLINE: August 2, 2021
Nora Van Burgh had a lengthy and distinguished career in Wyoming libraries, and she was a strong believer in lifelong learning. The Wyoming Library Association’s Nora Van Burgh Development Grants honor her memory. These grants provide funding assistance to those who wish to enhance their effectiveness as library employees through additional educational experience. Non-degreed library employees are particularly encouraged to apply, though any current member of WLA may apply.

Emergency Connectivity Fund
DEADLINE: August 13, 2021
The Emergency Connectivity Fund is a $7.17 Billion program that will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period. Eligible schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase connected devices like laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity to serve the unmet needs for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: September 16, 2021
In this third round of grants, up to 100 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that provides community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities.

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.

Lisa Libraries
DEADLINE: Ongoing
The Lisa Libraries donates new children’s books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas. They have a strong interest in supporting small, grass-roots organizations. Recipients of these free books will need to cover the shipping costs. Must have a tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.

Libraries Transforming Communities Grants Available from ALA



Libraries Transforming Communities banner graphic

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries. Up to 100 libraries will be awarded in this round of grantmaking, part of the ALA’s longtime community engagement initiative.

Library workers may apply online for grant funding by September 16 at ala.org/LTC.

The opportunity is open to libraries serving small and/or rural communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines small communities as those with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and rural communities as those more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area.

Over 500 public, academic, school and tribal libraries representing 48 U.S. states have been awarded in the past year. None have been awarded in Wyoming yet, and the ALA would like to make one or more grants in this state in this third and possibly final round.

Since 2014, the ALA’s community engagement initiative, Libraries Transforming Communities, has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.

ALA Launches Emergency Connectivity Fund Resources



Asian girl student video conference e-learning with teacher and classmates on computer in living room at home. To help libraries take advantage of the new $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program, the American Library Association (ALA) has created the ECF Solutions Toolkit. New resources summarize key ECF provisions and detail how public and tribal libraries can design, plan, and implement technology services using the new funding to serve library patrons who need it most.

The ECF program will provide funding for public and tribal libraries and K12 schools to purchase connected devices and broadband internet connections for use off of library and school grounds by library patrons, students, teachers, and staff who otherwise lack internet access. Libraries participating in the ECF will receive 100 percent reimbursement of costs for eligible equipment and services and the ability to receive upfront reimbursement.

Libraries and schools can apply for funding for the purchase of eligible equipment and services made between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. The application window for the ECF program will open on Tuesday, June 29, and close on Friday, August 13.

The toolkit, located on ALA’s ECF web page, includes five scenarios that provide step-by-step guidance modeled on examples collected from libraries across the country — in rural, suburban, and urban communities. Options include tablet or laptop lending, hotspot lending, creating community Wi-Fi hotspot zones, and subsidizing home internet access.

ALA also encourages libraries to take advantage of other ARPA funds to support related digital inclusion needs, such as programming, staffing, and staff training.

Emergency Connectivity Fund Application Opens June 29



Cartoon illustration: wifi symbol surrounded by people using gadgets and laptops against a cityscape backgroundThe FCC has announced the initial filing window for the Emergency Connectivity Fund, a $7.17 Billion program that will help schools and libraries provide the tools and services their communities need for remote learning during the COVID-19 emergency period.

From June 29, 2021 to August 13, 2021, eligible schools and libraries can apply for financial support to purchase connected devices like laptops and tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and broadband connectivity to serve the unmet needs for off-campus use by students, school staff, and library patrons during the COVID-19 emergency period. During this application filing window, eligible schools and libraries, in addition to consortia of schools and libraries, can submit requests for funding to purchase eligible equipment and services between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will serve as the program’s administrator with FCC oversight. Congress authorized funding for the Emergency Connectivity Fund as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Outreach and training

The FCC will host a webinar on June 25, at 12 p.m. MDT on fcc.gov/live to provide an overview of the Emergency Connectivity Fund, including applicant eligibility, supported equipment and services, reasonable support amounts, and the application and invoicing processes. No registration is required for this event.

Additionally, USAC will host a series of outreach and training sessions about the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. You may register for one of the training sessions using the links provided below.

  • Wednesday, June 16, at 12 p.m. MDT: Emergency Connectivity Fund Overview Webinar for E-rate Participants – Register
  • Thursday, June 17, at 12 p.m. MDT: Emergency Connectivity Fund Overview Webinar for New (Non E-rate) Participants – Register
  • Thursday, June 17, at 2:00 p.m. MDT: Emergency Connectivity Fund Overview for Tribal Applicants – Register
  • Wednesday, June 23, at 1:00 p.m. MDT: Emergency Connectivity Fund Overview for Potential Applicants – Register

More information

View an FCC Fact Sheet on the program.

More information about the program is available at emergencyconnectivityfund.org, including information about how to apply and what schools and libraries can do now to prepare. Schools and libraries can sign up to receive programs updates and information about future training sessions. Help with program questions is also available by calling 800-234-9781 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MT.