Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Put a Makerspace in Your Library



Coming to a school or library near you! The University of Wyoming College of Engineering & Applied Science’s Innovation Wyrkshop will be building five new $35,000 mini-makerspaces across Wyoming aimed at high school students and young adults with disabilities, thanks to a $175,000 grant from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Public, school, and community college libraries are encouraged to apply. While there is no set deadline, once five locations have been chosen, the application will close.

Libraries should know they don’t have to do the heavy lifting! According to Tyler Kerr, UW Innovation Wyrkshop Makerspace Coordinator,they’ll procure and set up the equipment, they’ve already developed the training through their Makerspace Access Pass program, and they’ll hire and fund the student staff.

“We’ve received feedback from a few locations that seem to think that they’ll need to set up everything and bring in trained professionals to run them,” Tyler said, “but that’s not the case!  All we need is a small location to house the makerspace and a few excited educators and students willing to use it and potentially share what they’re passionate about.”

The name of the game is lowering barriers to access and increasing tech literacies and marketable skills. Each new makerspace will be equipped with 3D printers, sewing machines, laser cutters, laptops, computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D modeling software, introductory electronics bench equipment, and a small workbench with enough woodshop tools to make a wide variety of personal projects. These spaces will also provide opportunities for real-world work experience by hiring high school students as makerspace team leaders to help coordinate activities and maintain the new spaces. Each new space will also provide a small stipend for interested educators to host workshops and encourage engagement.

Questions? Contact Tyler at tkerr1@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-6460.

For a librarian’s perspective, you can also contact Cass Kvenild, UW Associate Dean, Education & Research Services, at CKvenild@uwyo.edu. Cass said UW Libraries have partnered successfully with Tyler and the Wyrkshop Makerspace in the past and would be happy to share their experiences.

SHRAB Grants for Training and Consulting



The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) wants to help you learn more about preserving your historical records and making them available.

If you work with historical papers, photographs, newspapers, videos, audiotapes, or other archival materials, the SHRAB is making up to $2,500 available to help your organization pay for training opportunities that may be beyond your budget this year.

The SHRAB is also interested in receiving applications for funds to hire an archival consultant. Such a consultant could advise your institution on how to arrange and preserve your collections, or digitize them, and make them available to the public. The SHRAB web page has listings of training opportunities, and we can show you where to look to find archival consultants.

Apply for funding by October 1; all training or consultations must take place before December 31, 2020. Applications will be evaluated as they are received.

Contact Kathy Marquis, SHRAB Coordinator and Wyoming State Archivist, with any questions about the suitability of the training or consulting work you have in mind at (307) 777-8691 or kathy.marquis@wyo.gov.

Submit applications by October 1, 2020, by email to Kathy, or send your application by mail to her attention at Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Ave., Cheyenne WY 82002.

All projects related to the mission and goals of the SHRAB will be considered. All work to be funded by SHRAB funds must be focused on records (paper, AV, or digital), but not physical artifacts.

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.

Funding for SHRAB grants is made available by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the National Archives. The program is administered by the Wyoming State Archives, which is part of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.

 

Grant Opportunities



Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: September 15, 2020
The foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 (with most ranging between $2,000 and $5,000) to performing arts, visual arts, historic preservation, and cross-cultural education organizations. In addition, the foundation recently committed immediate support for organizations that could provide critical far-reaching services in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. Projects limited to communities served by Rocky Mountain Power or Pacific Power.

NNLM Health Literacy Planning Subaward
DEADLINE: September 18, 2020
Up to $4,500 will help libraries and community partners develop plans for improving health literacy and access to health information. Programs should start no earlier than Nov. 2, 2020, and be completely finished by April 15, 2021. For more information, contact George Strawley at george.strawley@utah.edu.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: September 30, 2020
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, 2020.

Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) Training and Consulting Funds
DEADLINE: October 1, 2020
If you work with historical papers, photographs, newspapers, videos, audiotapes, or other archival materials, the SHRAB is making up to $2500 available to help your organization pay for training opportunities. The SHRAB is also interested in receiving applications for funds to hire an archival consultant. Such a consultant could advise your institution on how to arrange and preserve your collections, or digitize them, and make them available to the public.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: December 15, 2020
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.

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program
DEADLINE: Ongoing
After pausing operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the D.U.C. Library Program is now accepting and shipping book orders. Thousands of free art books are available for distribution to public and school libraries in underserved communities. Participating libraries may order books from the D.U.C. catalog once annually. Branch libraries may participate independently or through their main library. All items received from the D.U.C. must be cataloged in the library’s holdings and made available to all patrons.

Grant Opportunities



Community Connect: Digital Access at Home
DEADLINE: August 26, 2020
This new grant opportunity for rural public libraries will support digital access and financial capability for 20 communities nationwide. Libraries selected to participate will receive five Verizon Wi-Fi hotspots with two-year contracts and service for lending to patrons, a $2,000 stipend to support financial literacy programming, a curated book list of financial literacy titles featured in ALA’s Financial Literacy LibGuide, a copy of ALA Editions’ Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools, and professional development and support.

Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change
DEADLINE: August 28, 2020
The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis. The project will fund in-person and virtual film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries, and it will provide instruction and support for the libraries to be centers for community education and support during extreme weather events.

CARES Act Virtual Museums Project
APPLICATION OPENS: September 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. MDT
DEADLINE: September 30, 2020

Wyoming museums may apply for up to $250 in equipment or support for software and services to enable them to create audio and video programming. Attendance at one of four webinars on podcasting or virtual programming is required; attendance may either be at the live session or the recorded archive. Questions may go to Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915. This support is made possible through CARES Act funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) Training and Consulting Funds
DEADLINE: October 1, 2020
If you work with historical papers, photographs, newspapers, videos, audiotapes, or other archival materials, the SHRAB is making up to $2500 available to help your organization pay for training opportunities. The SHRAB is also interested in receiving applications for funds to hire an archival consultant. Such a consultant could advise your institution on how to arrange and preserve your collections, or digitize them, and make them available to the public.

Digital Public Library of America Museums Project
DEADLINE: December 15, 2020

The Wyoming State Library is offering support for museums to put their connections online in the Digital Public Library of America. Participation is limited to museums that are currently using PastPerfect software, but have not yet upgraded to the online module. Support is available for the online upgrade and hosting fees for two years. To participate, contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915. This project is funded by a grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Fund.

K-12 STEM Educator Development
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Funding (~$500) is available for educator professional development, which can include attending workshops or seminars, hosting events or activities, purchasing materials for use in the classroom or out-of-school educational settings, continuing education, and other related activities.

NNLM All of Us Community Engagement – Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) Conference Professional Development Award
DEADLINE: TBD
This award is provided to support attendance to the ABOS 2020 Conference. Current or incoming library professionals who are interested in conducting outreach in libraries focused on digital literacy, digital health literacy, health literacy, and/or citizen science are welcome to apply. Applicants must have a strong desire to help improve their community’s access to quality health information. There will be ten $500 awards available in 2020 for a total of $5,000.

Two Opportunities for Wyoming Museums



One of the outdoor displays at the Grand Encampment Museum in Encampment, Wyoming. Photo credit: Susan Mark.

Funding from the CARES Act and from a Wyoming Community Foundation grant have enabled the Wyoming State Library to offer two opportunities for the state’s museums to share their collections with a wider audience.

Questions about either project may go to Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.

CARES Act Museums Project

Through CARES Act funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Wyoming State Library is offering online training and support for equipment and services to help Wyoming museums can create audio and video programs. Eligible museums where staff attend at least one of the following webinars (either live or recorded) may apply for up to $250 worth of support.

Register at the links; seats are limited. All webinars will be posted on the Wyoming State Library YouTube channel afterward for on-demand viewing for those who can’t attend live.

The request for support form will open at 9 a.m. on September 1, 2020. Requests will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Bookmark the application so that you will have it available when it opens.

Deadline to apply is September 30, 2020, or until all available funds are fully expended, whichever comes first.

Preview the form for more information and for eligibility requirements. Please submit only electronically through the form — do not print and mail the preview PDF.

Digital Public Library of America Project

If your museum uses PastPerfect software, but hasn’t yet gone online with your collections, the Wyoming State Library can help. The WSL received a grant from the Wyoming Community Foundation through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment to purchase PastPerfect online upgrades and hosting fees for a limited number of Wyoming museums. The goal is to add those collections to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

Deadline to apply is December 15, 2020.

Museums that join the DPLA will be part of an online searchable collection of more than 40 million items. This brings Wyoming’s unique historical resources to a national — and international — audience.

Grant funds are available for up to 11 museums to participate. Four have already committed to the project, and we are seeking to add more. Contact Susan Mark, WSL Outreach Librarian, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915 for details on how to participate.

Grant Opportunities



Libraries Connecting You to Coverage
DEADLINE: July 17, 2020
The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a series of mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support up to 30 U.S. public libraries to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs), which are able to certify staff and volunteers as Certified Application Counselors ahead of the Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Awardees will receive training and support to assist patrons with enrolling in health insurance plans, to disseminate information, and to partner with community health groups to make a positive impact.

STAR Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities
DEADLINE for Notice of Intent: July 20, 2020
Will help public library workers in small and rural communities offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming and exhibitions for their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations. Twelve creative librarians/library workers will be selected to lead their libraries’ participation in a project at the intersection of transforming library services, gender equity and cultural inclusion (especially with Latino families), STEAM learning and positive youth development.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: July 31, 2020
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, 2020.

2020 State Energy Program Grant Opportunities
DEADLINE for WYLITE application: July 30, 2020
DEADLINE for grant application: August 28, 2020
The State Energy Program uses federal grants to offer a range of programs to help reduce energy consumption in Wyoming. In 2020, there are three competitive grant programs available. For K-12 Schools and Local Government grants, interested parties must participate in the WYLITE program prior to applying.

The Mockingbird Foundation
DEADLINE: August 1, 2020
The Mockingbird Foundation offers grants to nonprofit organizations and schools for projects and programs involving music education to children under 18. Iinnovative and collaborative approaches to music education is encouraged, and the Mockingbird Foundation has a special interest in funding projects that support disenfranchised groups such as those with low income, in foster care, in a shelter, or located in a hospital. Grants range in size from $100 to $10,000, and recipients must have 501(c)(3) status.

Community Connect: Digital Access at Home
DEADLINE: August 26, 2020
This new grant opportunity for rural public libraries will support digital access and financial capability for 20 communities nationwide. Libraries selected to participate will receive five Verizon Wi-Fi hotspots with two-year contracts and service for lending to patrons, a $2,000 stipend to support financial literacy programming, a curated book list of financial literacy titles featured in ALA’s Financial Literacy LibGuide, a copy of ALA Editions’ Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools, and professional development and support.

Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change
DEADLINE: August 28, 2020
The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis. The project will fund in-person and virtual film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries, and it will provide instruction and support for the libraries to be centers for community education and support during extreme weather events.

K-12 STEM Educator Development
DEADLINE: Ongoing
Funding (~$500) is available for educator professional development, which can include attending workshops or seminars, hosting events or activities, purchasing materials for use in the classroom or out-of-school educational settings, continuing education, and other related activities.

Grant Opportunities



IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries
DEADLINE: June 12, 2020
Supports museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services
DEADLINE: June 12, 2020
Assists tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed.

Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board Grants
DEADLINE: June 15, 2020
Grants of up $2500.00 are available to Wyoming residents for projects that further the SHRAB’s mission of promoting the identification, preservation, and dissemination of Wyoming’s historical records. The SHRAB will assign priority to those applications that show commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will lead to enhanced online access to historical records.

STAR Net STEAM Equity Project
DEADLINE: Submit Notice of Intent by July 20, 2020
Public library workers in rural communities are invited to participate in a project that will bring culturally inclusive STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) programming and exhibitions to their patrons. Twelve public libraries will receive $15,000 over four years (winter 2020 – summer 2024) to participate in professional development activities, support community partnerships and purchase STEAM learning materials.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
DEADLINE: November 2,  2020
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.

WLA School Library Interest Group receives AASL Grant



From the American Library Association

The Wyoming Library Association School Library Interest Group (WLA-SLIG) has been named one of four recipients of the 2020 American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Past-Presidents Planning Grant for National School Library Standards. The $2,500 grants, awarded in honor of AASL past presidents, are presented annually to AASL Chapters for the planning and execution of an event, initiative, or activity focused on the implementation of AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. WLA-SLIG is the recipient of the planning grant awarded in honor of Sharon Coatney and sponsored by Edward M. and Helen R. Adams.

“The WLA-SIG will hold regional training sessions to introduce the AASL Standards to library staff serving in remote parts of the state,” said AASL President Mary Keeling. “Monthly coaching and discussion using teleconferencing technology will follow. This plan continues the excellent work begun in 2018 by Jennison Lucas. It is notable that administrators and paraprofessionals will be invited to attend as they will gain an expanded awareness of the importance of the modern school librarian’s role in education. I’m especially impressed with the consistent messaging and persistent attention given to reaching all of Wyoming’s school library staff.”

“The Wyoming proposal will work to equalize understanding and implementation of the AASL Standards statewide,” said Dorcas Hand, grant committee chair. “The several regional workshops will bring the content to school librarians who, because of distance, have been unable to attend the state conference. Each workshop will be tailored to support maximum implementation of the standards using all the tools the AASL Standards teams has devised. The committee loved how Wyoming school library leadership worked to build a training program that was not a cookie cutter for every district, but rather focused on local needs in order to achieve the strongest possible results. The monthly online follow-up meetings will continue to support librarians new to these ideas.”

“AASL works with its chapters to activate leadership within the school library community and to influence educational policy and funding for school libraries at the local, state, and national levels,” said AASL President Mary Keeling. “We are pleased to offer planning grants honoring past presidents to help state chapters address their state librarians’ particular professional learning needs. This year’s grants demonstrate how the National School Library Standards can inspire strong school libraries in any context and serve as a frame for powerful messaging. I am delighted with the variety of plans receiving awards. Many thanks to AASL’s past presidents who continue to lead through their generous sponsorship of these awards, and congratulations to the grant recipients!”

The AASL award winners will be honored during a virtual AASL Awards Ceremony during the fall of 2020. The virtual ceremony will replace the live ceremony traditionally presented during the ALA Annual Conference. Out of concern for the health and safety of all members of the community, the ALA Executive Board felt it was important to cancel the 2020 conference taking place in Chicago. Details for the virtual ceremony will be shared as they are finalized.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

Emergency Relief Grants for Cultural Organizations



Wyoming Humanities has announced the launch of the Wyoming Crossroads Fund. This initiative will harness the power and creativity of Wyoming’s cultural arts network to help the state address the social and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic, combined with the ongoing dire downturn in Wyoming’s energy industry, is forcing the Equality State to rapidly adapt its economy. The organization also launches emergency grants for cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19.

The first grant line of the Wyoming Crossroads Fund will be the Wyoming Cultural CARES emergency grants:

Wyoming Cultural CARES Grants
Rolling deadline each Friday while funds available. Apply by noon MDT on May 15, 2020, for first review.
Grants between $5,000 to $15,000 will be made to Wyoming cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Notification of awards will be within seven days. Rolling application process will remain open only while funding remains, with weekly deadlines at noon on Friday of each week with a seven-day notification. All applications received by noon on Friday, May 15,will be considered in the first review.

CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries



From the Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Museums and libraries have never been more essential to their communities,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper. “COVID-19 has not only created a public health emergency, but it has also created a deep need for trusted community information, education, and connection that our libraries and museums are designed to provide.”

The CARES Act allocated funding to IMLS to enable libraries, museums, and organizations serving tribal communities to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including by expanding digital network access, purchasing Internet accessible devices, and providing technical support services to their communities. The $15 million available through these new grants follows previous phases of funding announced over the past few weeks.

The deadline for submitting applications to either funding opportunity is June 12, 2020, with award announcements anticipated in August.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries support museums and libraries in addressing their communities’ immediate and future needs caused by the pandemic. Projects may focus on preserving jobs, training staff, addressing the digital divide, planning for reopening, or providing technical support and capacity building for digital inclusion and engagement. Applicants are encouraged to prioritize services for high-need communities.

IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services assist tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Hawaiians in responding to the urgent and future needs of their communities. Applications focused on digital inclusion, technical support, rehiring or retraining staff, reopening planning, and other pandemic-related priorities are welcomed.

“Access to and use of all kinds of health, job, government, educational, social, and cultural resources are necessary to weathering the current situation, beginning efforts to reopen, and providing services to sustain communities,” said Kemper. “Together, we can brighten the future for museums, libraries, tribal communities, and people across America.”

Upcoming Webinars

Interested applicants are invited to attend free informational webinars to learn more:

  • IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries: Thursday, May 14, 12-1 p.m. MDT
  • IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services: Friday, May 15, 12-1 p.m. MDT

These webinars will be through GoToMeeting, and advance registration is required. Recordings will be made available on-demand on the IMLS website.