Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Grant Opportunities

Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
DEADLINE: February 15, 2018
The American Library Association’s (ALA) Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to attend a professional development event between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019. The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, list serve, etc.). Applicants do not have to be ALA members to apply. Interested persons may apply by completing the brief online questionnaire.

Lola Homsher Research Grant
DEADLINE: February 28, 2018
The Wyoming State Historical Society offers cash grants to people involved in research activities based on various aspects of the state’s history. Grants range from $100 up to
$1500. Proposals must include a statement of purpose, an explanation of the project, the value to Wyoming history and a description of how the public will benefit from the research.

Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture
DEADLINE: March 1, 2018

Talk Story is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores APA and AIAN stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program.

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

Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grants
DEADLINE: April 1, 2018
This grant is specifically designed for project and/or operational support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. Grants available in 5 categories: operating and project support (up to $12,000), arts education activities (up to $5,000), professional development (up to $1,000), programs involving folk artists (up to $1,000), and outreach to rural communities (up to $1,000). Each organization is eligible for a total of up to $20,000. Application opens February 1, 2018; all projects must take place July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 15, 2018
These grants provide support to Wyoming librarians and publicly accessible Wyoming libraries in three areas: education and training, library resources, and library foundation development. Two grant deadlines annually in June and December. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions at or (307) 777-6339.

Grant Opportunities

Revisiting the Founding Era
DEADLINE: January 31, 2018

Revisiting the Founding Era is a nationwide project that will use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today. Up to 100 U.S. public libraries will be selected to host programs related to the American Revolution and the early years of the nation. Participating libraries will receive 10 copies of a 100-page reader containing relevant documents and $1,000 to be used for programs, as well as training, resources, and support. Public libraries that serve rural or undeserved communities are especially encouraged to apply.

ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award
DEADLINE: February 1, 2018
An award to honor an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. Award consists of $1,500 and a 24K gold-framed citation of achievement.

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Great Stories Club
DEADLINE: February 16, 2018
Informational webinar: January 12, 2018
Up to 25 selected libraries will work with small groups of teens to read and discuss three titles on the theme “Growing Up Brave on the Margins.” This TRHT Great Stories Club pilot program will feature books that explore the coming-of-age experience for young people in historically marginalized group. Successful applicants will receive copies of the books, a $300 programming stipend, travel expenses for a project orientation, promotional materials, training, and technical support.

Save America’s Treasures Grant Program
DEADLINE: February 21, 2018
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is now accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program.

Lisa Libraries
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.

Grant Opportunities

STARnet Discover Exoplanets Traveling Exhibit
DEADLINE: January 5, 2018
Pre-application webinar December 6, 2017
The National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) is seeking eight library and museum partner sites to host the inaugural national tour of the interactive traveling exhibition Discover Exoplanets: the Search for Alien Earths.  Public libraries and small museum partners in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underrepresented groups are especially invited to apply. Travel costs will be covered for two staff members to attend a two-day orientation and program planning workshop in Boulder Colorado.

Loleta D. Fyan Grant
DEADLINE: January 12, 2018
Up to $5,000 total for one or more projects for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Projects must have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need; should be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and should be capable of completion within one year.

United for Libraries Friend Conference Grant
DEADLINE: January 15, 2018
Enables one member of a Friends of the Library group at a public library to attend the ALA Annual Conference. The winner will receive a grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration. The applicant must be a member of a Friends of the Library group in a public library, and a first-time attendee of any ALA conference (Midwinter or Annual).

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant
DEADLINE: January 31, 2018
Underfunded libraries, schools, and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. The grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections.

Bank of the West’s Charitable Investments Program
Bank of the West supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life, particularly of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Public nonprofit organizations in most Wyoming counties are eligible (check for yours). Grants are awarded for education and job training as well as for community and economic development.

Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation supports non-profit organizations and programs that offer scholarships, school drop-out prevention projects, access to educational programming and other educational initiatives, and also those that strengthen and enrich communities, including through education, youth development, and other community and civic initiatives. Note that they do not support local elementary, middle, or high schools.

Grant Opportunities

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants
DEADLINE: March 31, 2018
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, offers mini-grants to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in PreK-12 education. Public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs such as Head Start are eligible. Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded.

White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) Award
DEADLINE: April 2, 2018
Granted to a non-librarian participant in National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) on May 7-8, 2018. The winner receives a stipend of $300 and two free nights at the NLLD hotel. The recipient should be a library supporter (trustee, friend, general supporter) and not a professional librarian, and a first-time attendee of NLLD.

Wyoming Arts Council Rural Arts Access Grant
DEADLINE: Project must take place by June 30, 2018
Application due a minimum of four weeks before project start date

This grant is specifically designed to provide project funding for geographically isolated and rural areas with a population of less than 3,000. An organization is eligible to receive up to $750 in this grant category. No cash match is required.

ThinkWY – Wyoming Humanities Grants
Wyoming Humanities funds projects that are humanities-focused, built around a public event, and that have a humanities scholar in a central role. The humanities encompass the study of all forms of human cultural expression: history, arts, literature, philosophy, religion, laws, cultural studies, and languages. Mini Grants of up to $2,000 and Opportunity Grants of up to $750 are available. Wyoming Humanities is not currently accepting applications for major grants.

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program
The D.U.C. Library Program has thousands of free art books 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

Code4Lib Diversity Scholarship Program
DEADLINE: November 17, 2017
The Code4Lib Scholarship Committee hopes to award 15 Diversity Scholarships, based on merit and need. Each scholarship will cover up to $1500 for travel costs, lodging, and conference fees for selected applicants to attend the 2018 Code4Lib Conference in Washington, D.C. from February 13-16, 2018. Applicants must be interested in actively engaging with the Code4Lib community and must be a member of a group not well-represented within the Code4Lib community.

PLA Preconference Stipend for Promoting Healthy Communities
DEADLINE: November 19, 2017
Public library workers are invited to apply for a $500 stipend to attend “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community,” a one-day preconference workshop held at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2018 Conference in Philadelphia. The one-day preconference on March 20 is part of Promoting Healthy Communities, a new nationwide initiative from PLA and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) that will increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services. Fifty stipends will be awarded.

Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant
DEADLINE: December 1, 2017
This award, established by the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), allows librarians with 5 or fewer years of experience in the libraries and archives preservation field to attend the ALA Annual Conference. The award is a $1,250 cash grant to be used toward registration fees, airfare, and lodging.

Memory Lab Network
DEADLINE: December 15, 2017
DC Public Library announces a subgrant application opportunity for public libraries to join the Memory Lab Network project. The DC Public Library Memory Lab is a digitization lab and digital preservation resources created as a local response to the national needs for free public access to tools and information on caring for personal digital archives. Seven public libraries will be identified as Memory Lab Network partners and will spend one year creating personal archiving stations and programs to for their communities following the DCPL model with training, mentoring, and financial support from DCPL.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: December 15, 2017
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; next deadline December 15, 2017. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions at or (307) 777-6339.

Grant Opportunities

TechSoup #Storymakers2017
DEADLINE: October 31, 2017

TechSoup is launching a global digital media storytelling campaign to increase the skills of media makers and enthusiasts in the nonprofit sector. The goal is to educate and inspire nonprofits to create powerful stories about the social benefits of their important work. Five cash prizes of $2,000 each will be awarded.

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant
DEADLINE: November 10, 2017
The Foundation awards grants to support community-based non-profit organizations. They will consider requests to support museums, schools, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped, and other community-based organizations and their programs. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award
DEADLINE: February 1, 2018
This award of $2,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation is presented to a library organization in order to recognize a project that is innovative, creative, and well-organized. This project must successfully develop income from other sources, such as individual gifts, foundations, endowments, etc. While the library development project may have been a continuing one, the nomination should represent a significantly new effort which involved a more broad-based constituency and utilized additional fund-raising techniques.

American Honda Foundation Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2018
501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that have a program focused on youth and scientific education
are eligible for this grant, which ranges from $20,000 to $75,000. The Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM subjects, in addition to the environment, job training, and literacy.

ALA Scholarships for Master’s Degree Studies in Librarianship
DEADLINE: March 1, 2018
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 $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  To be considered for one of these scholarships, applicants must attend a master’s level program in library and information science that has been accredited by the ALA. Applicants interested in school librarianship must attend a program that meets ALA curriculum guidelines for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Libraries Transforming Communities: Travel Stipends for Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: March 9, 2018
Public libraries that serve small and/or rural communities are invited to apply for a travel stipend to attend a one-day dialogue and deliberation pre-conference workshop at the 2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans. Attending the pre-conference is free, though space will be limited to 50 participants. Twenty-five participants from public libraries serving small and/or rural communities will be selected to receive an $800 stipend to help cover travel costs for one library employee.

Research Institute for Public Libraries 2018 Scholarship Opportunity

Are you interested in learning how to use data for decision making, strategic planning, and demonstrating the impact of your library?  Do you work in a rural and small public library in the United States?  If so, please consider applying for a scholarship for next summer’s Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL).

Up to 20 scholarships to the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) 2018 event in Atlanta, Georgia (July 29 – August 1, 2018) are available to staff working in rural and small public libraries in the United States.  These scholarships are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

RIPL is a national event, hosted by the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Library Consortium, and offers three days of hands-on, intensive workshops on:

  • Evaluation design and implementation
  • Data collection and use for strategic planning, management, and communication
  • Measures for reporting library impact

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be employed by a U.S. public library that is located in a rural area AND serves a population of less than 25,000.  Determine whether your library meets these criteria here. In addition, you must be a first-time participant of RIPL.  If you have already attended a national or regional RIPL event, you are not eligible for a scholarship.

Learn more and apply.  Scholarship applications are due by 6:00 p.m. MDT on Friday, October 27, 2017.

Space is limited at RIPL. If you are a Wyoming librarian interested in attending, the State Library would like to know. Contact Thomas Ivie, WSL Research and Statistics Librarian, at or (307) 777-6330 as soon as possible.

Grant Opportunities

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
Deadline: September 30, 2017
Want to attend a conference or workshop to build your library skills? Take an online course? Start working toward that library media specialist endorsement or master’s degree in library science? Funds are available to those working or volunteering in Wyoming libraries through the Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education. Applications are accepted six times during the year. The next deadline is September 30 for continuing education events starting no earlier than November 1.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
DEADLINE: November 3, 2017
The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant 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. Grants are intended to cover preparation costs, the costs of final printing or online distribution of the product.

Autism Welcome Here Grant
DEADLINE: December 1, 2017
New or existing programs or services proposed must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Any type of library in the United States or Canada can apply, and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Each year, a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded either as one grant for the full amount or multiple grants for smaller amounts.

Grant Opportunities

Media Literacy @ Your Library
DEADLINE: September 11, 2017
This project addresses a critical need for adult media literacy training, with a focus on news literacy. Teams from five public libraries will participate in media literacy training and implement a series of programs for their communities. This cohort of prototype libraries will receive $1,500 to support programs, training, promotional materials, and other resources to help them develop effective and innovative adult media literacy programs and services. All programs must take place between November 1, 2017 and March 30, 2018.

Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program
DEADLINE: September  15, 2017
The Foundation for Rural Service provides annual grants for communities served by NTCA members to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants will be concentrated in four major areas: business development, community development, education, and telecommunications. Grants can range from $250 to $5,000.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants
DEADLINE: September 29, 2017
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants fund improvements at public schools throughout the United States. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology updates, tools for STEM programs, or facility renovations and safety improvements. Grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000.

State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grants
DEADLINE: October 31, 2017
State Farm grants focus on safety, education, and community development. Charitable funding is
awarded to educational institutions and eligible nonprofit organizations. Grant amount requested must be $5,000 or more.


Grant Opportunities

Libraries Ready to Code
DEADLINE: August 31, 2017
This grant will fund a cohort of 25-50 school and public libraries to design computational thinking and computer science programs for and with youth, including underrepresented youth. The $500,000 program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure library staff are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth.

Media Literacy @ Your Library
DEADLINE: September 11, 2017
In this six-month learning and prototyping project, ALA and the Center for News Literacy will work with teams from five public libraries to adapt existing media literacy training materials to serve the needs of public librarians and the communities they serve. The cohort teams will attend an in-person training and use their skills to conduct related adult public programs in their communities. Selected libraries will receive a $1,500 stipend for programming costs, as well as travel, training, and communications support.

K-12 Web Archiving Program
DEADLINE: September 17, 2017

Provides an opportunity for middle school and high school students to select and save websites for future generations. Although no monetary support is provided, teachers and students will be given a .25TB Archive-It account plus documentation and user support as they build their collections.

NEA Foundation Grants to Educators
DEADLINE: October 15, 2017
The NEA Foundation supports new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Their goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures. Funding preference will be given to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning.