Category Archives: Grants and Awards

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

Nominees Sought for Leaders in Literacy Award

Wyoming First Lady Carol Mead

First Lady Carol Mead and the University of Wyoming Literacy Research Center and Clinic (LRCC) are seeking applications for the third annual Wyoming First Lady’s Leaders in Literacy Award, which will be presented in November at the Wyoming Business Alliance Forum in Cheyenne.

Each year, the LRCC Outreach Advisory Board selects a winner based on a nomination process. The winner receives $4000 and a plaque recognizing the honor. This year, the award will be presented in November in Cheyenne. Nominations will be accepted through October 1, 2018.
Any Wyoming citizen, organization, business or community may be a Wyoming First Lady’s Leader in Literacy Award nominee. Accomplishments that are noted should reflect substantial contributions made in Wyoming that exemplify a commitment to the literacy development of Wyoming citizens.

More information about the award and the nomination process, including criteria and a link to the online submission form, can be found on the LRCC website.

Grant Opportunities

State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Grant
DEADLINE: June 15, 2018, or until 2,000 submissions received
The program offers $25,000 grants for 40 non profit organizations to help fund neighborhood projects involved in Education, Safety and Community Development.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grant
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports new and innovative ideas that help ensure all children, families, and communities have opportunities to reach their full potential. This includes high-quality early childhood experiences that allow children to thrive, efforts to help families obtain and keep stable jobs, and encouraging groups to engage with each other to create a vibrant and equitable community.

Wish You Well Foundation
Supporting adult and family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.

SHRAB Grants Help You Put Your Records Online

Does your library, museum or archives have amazing historical records collections that you would love to share with the public?  Do they need some repair, or digitization before you could mount them on your website?

The Wyoming State Historic Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) funds requests for up to $2500 for these types of projects through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.These re-grants aim to make the paper, visual, and digital records in your care accessible to a much wider public than simply those people who visit your library or museum or archives.

Many grant recipients use the funds to pay for digitization, others mount already scanned images on their websites, and still others create outreach programs, traveling exhibits or blog posts to encourage the public to use their archival materials. So, what kinds of projects has the SHRAB board approved in the past?

  • The Friends of  Wyoming Veterans Museum have created a website to promote and make accessible the large Wyoming Veterans Museum Oral History Collection.  These interviews will be a wonderful resource for school papers, History Day projects, and for anyone wanting to know more about the contributions of members of Wyoming’s military forces.
  • This past year Wyoming’s SHRAB funded the digitization of photographs by early Wyoming photographer, Lora Webb Nichols, by the Grand Encampment Museum.  They have begun with an early photo scrapbook, and we hope you will be able to see more, soon.
  • The Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board is scanning old, fragile historical Cheyenne building plans and maps, which will be available on the City of Cheyenne website.  Maybe your house will be there!
  • The Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum  will scan, rehouse, and catalog approximately 1,000 photographs taken between 1960 and 1990 by Bill Grunkemeyer of Vacationland Studios in Sheridan, Wyoming.
  • And the Sweetwater County Historical Museum will digitize portions of its film and audio collections, using some of the funds to house this audio-visual material in safer containers.

Apply now for funds for this coming year, the deadline is coming up soon – June 1!  Remember that SHRAB grants do not cover artifacts or objects (costumes, vehicles, etc.)  They are just for historical records projects. Collaborations between more than one group are also encouraged.

Per the guidelines, “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. Examples of enhanced online access include creating online finding aids, digitizing records and placing the digital content online, or placing information about the records on a blog, wiki page or Facebook.”


Feel free to call Pat Newbern about deadlines or materials for submission (307-777-8907 or  If you want to ask about whether your project fits our guidelines, you can call State Archivist, Michael Strom at 307-777-7020 or

Grant Opportunities

Innovative Approaches to Literacy
DEADLINE: May 18, 2018
Supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in high-need local educational agencies (high-need LEAs) and schools. Promotes innovative literacy programs that support the development of literacy skills in low-income communities, including programs that develop and enhance effective school library programs, which may include providing professional development for school librarians, books, and up-to-date materials to high-need schools.

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

EXCITE Transformation for Libraries: Library Team Recruitment
DEADLINE: June 14, 2018
Free tuition for IMLS-funded intensive team-based experiential learning program that will teach collaboration and innovation skills, result in programs and services that respond to community input and demonstrated needs, lead to cultural change at libraries, and sustain project impact through extended training. Value of training is $4,400 per person. Each team also eligible for $2,000 in travel support plus grant funding up to $3,000 to enact a new program or service developed through this training.

Great Stories Club
DEADLINE: July 9, 2018
A literature-based reading and discussion program that gives underserved youth the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas on topics that resonate with them. Grantees will receive 11 paperback copies of up to four book selections, travel and accommodation expenses paid for one staff member to attend a project orientation workshop in Chicago, and programming materials, including discussion guides, related reading lists and promotional resources. Up to 150 grants will be awarded.

Mockingbird Foundation Music Grants
DEADLINE: August 1, 2018
The Mockingbird Foundation offers grants to nonprofit organizations and schools for projects and programs involving music education. Grants range in size from $100 to $10,000.

One Week Left to Apply for Future Ready Cohort 3

You still have one week to apply for cohort 3 of Future Ready with the Library, a project that supports library staff in designing and implementing services that support college career readiness services for middle school youth, families, and community. You can learn more about the project and the cohort 3 application process by watching this recording of the informational session.

Cohort 3 applications are due May 15. Learn more and apply.

This project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is a collaboration between the Young Adult Library Services Association and the Association of Rural and Small Libraries.

If you have questions about the project contact Linda W. Braun the project manager,

Grants to Support Historical Records Preservation, Access

The Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) is offering grants of up to $2,500 for projects promoting preservation of and access to Wyoming’s historical records. The deadline to apply for the grants is June 1.

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, 2018 thru June 30, 2019 and are provided through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

All projects related to the mission and goals of the SHRAB will be considered. For more information, including the grant application, guidelines, and a brief presentation about the grant program and how to apply, visit the SHRAB webpage or the SHRAB Wiki.

Contact Michael Strom, SHRAB Coordinator and Wyoming State Archivist, with any questions at (307) 777-7020 or Completed applications must be submitted by June 1, 2018, in digital format to Michael at the email address above or mailed to Michael Strom, 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.

“WY Treaties Matter” Kiosk Free to County Libraries

Draft kiosk concept

From Wyoming Humanities 

Wyoming Humanities received a generous grant from an anonymous foundation to raise awareness about American Indian history and culture in Wyoming and to support the Indian Education for All legislation enacted in March of 2017.

WY Treaties Matter is a small, portable, easy-to-assemble exhibit, called a “pop-up kiosk,” that introduces the story of the Fort Bridger and Fort Laramie treaties, and other historical and legal events that led to creation of the Wind River Reservation, originally set aside as the Shoshone Reservation before the Northern Arapaho were also placed there. The exhibit is an opportunity to tell the complicated history of two enemy tribes who ended up sharing the same reservation. To expand on issues and events portrayed in the exhibit, a scholarly-prepared narrative summary will be available online for additional research. More importantly, for teachers in your community, curriculum guides dealing with specific topics related to the exhibit’s narrative will be available from

The kiosk, a host guide (for teachers and librarians), and printed children’s and adult guides will be provided free of charge to county libraries, and also made available to school districts and  community colleges. Send the information about where in your county to ship the exhibit with a contact name, email and phone number to Sheila Bricher-Wade, Program Officer, Wyoming Humanities, at by June 15, 2018.

The designated contact person will receive the web address for the online toolkit, which includes an annotated bibliography, the chronological summary, and other existing support materials for use by hosting organizations.

Designed for middle school, high school, college, as well as adult comprehension, WY Treaties Matter will be unveiled in August at the Wyoming Native American Education Symposium and will delivered to participating locations in late August.