Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Libraries Transforming Communities Grants Available from ALA



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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.

Grant Opportunities



State Farm Neighborhood Assist
DEADLINE: Application opens June 2, 2021 and closes when 2,000 submissions received
State Farm Neighborhood Assist offers $25,000 grants to support Neighborhood Improvement Projects throughout the United States. Submissions are accepted for any cause that would help enhance a local neighborhood.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 15, 2021
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.

IMLS American Rescue Plan Grants
DEADLINE: June 28, 2021
The IMLS American Rescue Plan grants program supports museum and library services in addressing community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in assisting with recovery. Projects may continue, enhance, or expand existing programs and services, or they may launch new ones to address emergent needs and unexpected hardships. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) Grants
DEADLINE: July 1, 2021
The Wyoming SHRAB offers awards of up to $2,500 to Wyoming cultural heritage organizations for projects to process, preserve, and provide increased access to historical records. Three categories are funded: training, consulting services, and special projects. The grants are available for the period of August 1, 2021 thru July 31, 2022 and are provided through the Wyoming SHRAB by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

2021 Call for Proposals to Community-Based Archives
DEADLINE: July 2, 2021 by 7:00 a.m. MDT
Through this program,  the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides direct support to community-based archives that represent and serve communities marginalized due to oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, sexuality, religion, or ability. Awards will range from $50,000 to $100,000 for grants of two years in length.

ALSC Research Agenda Grant
DEADLINE: July 20, 2021
The pilot ALSC Research Agenda Grant will offer seed funds to help develop, conduct, and disseminate emerging research that aligns with priority areas outlined in the ALSC Research Agenda. Applicants are asked to discuss how their proposed research contributes to and expands on the current scholarship in the field.

NASA@ My Library
DEADLINE: July 21, 2021
Sixty libraries will be selected as NASA@ My Library Partner Libraries. Each of these libraries will receive training and resources to implement NASA events and programming, access to a university Subject Matter Expert (SME) to support patron engagement, and a $1,600 programming stipend to purchase materials for NASA STEAM activities and/or support presentations by local NASA-funded SMEs. Public and tribal libraries are eligible to apply.

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.

Wyoming Arts Council Arts Access Project Grant
DEADLINE: Ongoing for projects taking place July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022; available until funds expended
Grants of up to $750 to provide arts project funding for organizations that meet any of these criteria: (1) projects increasing arts access for, or primarily serving, people with disabilities, (2) arts projects led by and/or primarily serving BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), (3) projects involving folk & traditional arts and artists, (4) organizations in rural communities with a population of less than 3000.

Believe in Reading Grants
DEADLINE: Applications reviewed monthly
Believe in Reading awards grants to existing and provably successful literacy programs that serve any age or aspect of supporting reading and literacy, including adult literacy or English as a second language projects. Grants may be renewable for up to three years; renewals are not guaranteed. Maximum grant amount is $10,000; new applicants are rarely funded for more than $3,000.

LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund
DEADLINE: Ongoing
For support, maintenance, medical care, and welfare of librarians who are denied employment rights or discriminated against on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, or place of national origin; or denied employment rights because of defense of intellectual freedom.

Up to $2,500 Available to Enhance Access to Historical Records



Logo line drawing of eagle reads National Archives, National Historical Publications & Records CommissionWhat could your archives or historical organization do with a grant for $2,500? Could you attend a training that’s beyond your budget? Bring in a specialist to advise you on caring for your records? Digitize or organize records and make them available to a bigger audience? The Wyoming State Records Advisory Board would like to help you realize those goals, with funding made available from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Applications are open from now until July 1, 2021.

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 should focus on making collections of historical records more accessible, with preference given to projects for digitizing and providing online access to historical records, hiring consultants to provide guidance in these areas, or attending training that will improve your organization’s ability to make your historical records accessible to a wider audience.

Grants are available for the period of August 1, 2021 thru July 31, 2022 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.

Learn more and see successful grant proposals from previous years.

Questions may be directed to Kathy Marquis, SHRAB Coordinator and Wyoming State Archivist, at (307) 777-8691 or kathy.marquis@wyo.gov. Completed applications must be submitted by July 1, 2021 through the online form or mailed to Kathy at the 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.

Grant Opportunities



ALA COVID Library Relief Fund
DEADLINE: May 20, 2021
The American Library Association (ALA) has made available $1.25 million in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and U.S. Territories to apply for grants of $30,000 to $50,000.

Teaching with Primary Sources Funding Opportunity 2021
DEADLINE: May 28, 2021
Applications are sought from organizations that aim to incorporate Library of Congress resources into educational programs and materials for learners representing diverse professions and communities. Grant amounts will range from $35,000 to $100,000 for a 12-month period, with the possibility of up to two years of additional funding subject to the availability of funds and the grantee’s satisfactory performance under the current award.

Alexandre Vattemare Award for Creativity in Libraries
DEADLINE: June 1, 2021
Given annually by Library Juice Press, the Vattemare Award recognizes contributions in the LIS field that are marked by originality, creative energy, and novel combinations of ideas. Considerations in selecting the awardee are their creation of new possibilities for libraries and library workers, the creation of new means of benefiting the community that the library serves, and the ultimate success of these efforts. The award is open to librarians, other library workers, and community members (in any country).

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Community Improvement Grants
DEADLINE: June 15, 2021
The foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 (with most ranging between $2,000 and $5,000) in support of proposals in support of community enhancement, including affordable housing, community resilience, community and recreation centers, economic development, libraries, monuments, memorials and science centers. Projects will be supported that have a bearing on communities served by Rocky Mountain Power or Pacific Power, including Wyoming.

ABOS Award Opportunities
DEADLINE: July 16, 2021
The Association of Bookmobile & Outreach Services (ABOS) sponsors ten different awards and scholarships in the area of outreach and bookmobile services.

Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
DEADLINE: October 28, 2021
Every year, this program supports 30 New Americans — immigrants and children of immigrants — who are pursuing graduate school in the United States and have the talent and drive to make a significant contribution to U.S. society, culture, or their academic field. Eligible applicants must be 30 or younger and planning on being enrolled in a full-time graduate program in the 2022-23 academic year.

ALA Announces $1.25M Emergency Grant Fund



ALA COVID Library Relief Fund
DEADLINE: May 20, 2021
The American Library Association (ALA) has made available $1.25 million in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for grants of $30,000 to $50,000. These funds are intended to bolster library operations and services including broadening technology access, developing collections, providing digital instruction, staffing, and expanding outreach, as well as maintaining and amplifying existing service strategies or adding new ones to extend impact through the end of 2021.

Grants will be announced on June 23, 2021. The grant funds are to support libraries through December 31, 2021. Grants are to help support library operations, including but not limited to staff time, collections, technology, equipment. Grants are to re-stablish, sustain, amplify, or create new needed services, to underserved target audience(s).

Library systems (municipal, county, district) and library school districts can only submit only one application per system or district, but the application can request support for one or more library and /or one or more target audience across your system/district.

The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund is generously supported by Acton Family Giving as part of its pandemic responsive grant making. Initial seed funding was provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as part of its efforts to bolster educational and cultural organizations devastated by the economic fallout out from COVID-19.

Grant Opportunities



ALSC New Membership Funding for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
DEADLINE: April 12, 2021
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is funding memberships for 20 BIPOC library students and paraprofessionals/library support staff (current position or position held within the last year) who want to become more involved with our organization and within the profession. Recipients will receive a 1 year ALA/ALSC membership along with opportunities for meaningful engagement. Contact amjohnson@gmail.com with any questions.

Freedom to Read Foundation ALA Conference Scholarship
DEADLINE: April 15, 2021
Applications are now open for the 2021 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by FTRF. The Scholarship provides funding for two recipients who are an LIS student or recent graduate to attend the ALA virtual annual conference June 23-29, 2021.  The scholarship includes conference registration and a one-year FTRF membership. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and events at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and provide a report about their experiences.

Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grants
DEADLINE: April 15, 2021
The Community Support Grant offers operating and/or project support, as well as arts learning support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. Grant funding is available for programs and services that take place between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. An organization is eligible to receive up to $7,000 in operating and/or project support and up to $3,000 in arts learning support for a total of up to $10,000 in grant funding.

Toshiba America Foundation STEM Grants
DEADLINE: May 1, 2021
Accepting applications from grade 6-12 teachers for innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects. Through the program, grants of at least $5,000 will be awarded in support of teacher-led projects with the potential to provide students with opportunities to “do science” in ways that increase their engagement with the subject matter and improve their learning.

2021 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award
DEADLINE: May 3, 2021
Libraries of all types and sizes are encouraged to submit entries for a 2021 John Cotton Dana Award. Entries should highlight a strategic communications campaign from the past year. Examples of past campaigns have included rebranding efforts, promotion of archives and special collections, awareness campaigns, community partnerships, and special events.

EBSCO Solar Grants
DEADLINE: May 3, 2021
EBSCO is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. As part of the 2021 EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO will be making a total of $200,000 in grants available. The grants will help winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenses by installing solar arrays.

IMLS Native American Library Services: Enhancement Grants
DEADLINE: May 11, 2021
This program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services is designed to assist Native American tribes in improving core library services for their communities. Federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply for funding under the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant program. Grants range from $10,000 to $150,000

Wyoming Women’s Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: May 15, 2021
Grants are designed with the specific purpose of promoting long-term economic self-sufficiency of women and opportunities for girls living within the state of Wyoming. Funding priorities are income and asset development, mentoring, and systems change.

Mountain Plains Library Association Professional Development Grants
DEADLINE: At least 2 months before date of conference or activity
Grants are awarded to support formal course work leading to an advanced degree in library science or a related discipline or directly related to an individual’s library position; attendance as a participant or a presenter at a library or scholarly workshop, seminar, or conference; visits to another library to receive or provide significant advanced training; or library related research projects. Mini-grants up to $150; regular grants up to $600. Only current MPLA members are eligible to apply for Professional Development Grants

Grant Opportunities



REFORMA Scholarship
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021
Any current or newly entering graduate library school student [M.L.S. or Ph.D.] may apply for these scholarships of up to $1,500. Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of and desire to serve the Spanish- speaking community.  The recipients must display character and leadership, which are essential for success both as a student and as a professional. Preference is given to applicants who plan on serving Hispanic/Latinos and the Spanish-speaking community.

Inspire COVID Recovery Grant
DEADLINE: March 26, 2021
Up to $5,000 for an existing public middle or high school, who sustained loss in collection due to school library closures during COVID, to both recover their collection but also extend through more online and remote resources to address learner needs made evident during the closures. Purchasing can include books, online subscriptions and/or software collections, as well as accessibility extensions (hotspots, increased bandwidth, etc.).

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Program
DEADLINE: March 31, 2021
Schools and non-profit organizations will be awarded grants of $3,000 to turn outdoor spaces into  hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity about gardening and fresh food, and support classroom curriculum. The program supports both new and existing educational gardens.

Native American Library Services Grants
DEADLINE: April 16, 2021
Native American Library Services Basic grants are noncompetitive one-year grants of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include up to $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. The grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages, corporations, and regional corporations and are designed to support existing operations and maintain core services of tribal and Native village libraries.

EBSCO Solar Grants
DEADLINE: May 3, 2021
For the fifth year, EBSCO is accepting applications for grants that will fund solar installations at libraries around the world. As part of the 2021 EBSCO Solar initiative, EBSCO will be making a total of $200,000 in grants available. The grants will help winning libraries to reduce their utilities expenses by installing solar arrays.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming recognizes excellence in humanities programming in libraries that serve children in grades K-8. The $5,000 award, presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is sponsored by the American Library Association’s Cultural Communities Fund in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 15, 2021
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.

Grant Opportunities



Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: March 4, 2021
Up to 450 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. The initiative is part of ALA’s longtime commitment to preparing library workers for the expanding role of libraries. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, from hotspot purchases to personal protective equipment to staff time to undertake community engagement work.

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021
The foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 (with most ranging between $2,000 and $5,000) to educational and research organizations both public and private, from early childhood through university level. 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.

Book Love Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021

The Book Love Foundation assists teachers with building inclusive classroom libraries to inspire and nurture a lasting love of reading. Books received from this grant are not intended for a school-wide library or to be permanently divided among teachers. Creative sharing, however, is always encouraged. Grant awards in 2021 will range from $1,000 to $2,000.

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

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
The Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming recognizes excellence in humanities programming in libraries that serve children in grades K-8. The $5,000 award, presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is sponsored by the American Library Association’s Cultural Communities Fund in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 15, 2021
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
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.