Category Archives: Grants and Awards

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.

Apply Now for Libraries Ready to Code Grants

The American Library Association (ALA) has opened the application period for grants to develop public and school library programming that promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth. The grant opportunity, announced last month, is the latest phase of the Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) initiative of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), sponsored by Google.

Through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process, a cohort of 25-50 libraries will be selected to receive grants of up to $25,000 to design and implement youth coding programs that incorporate Ready to Code concepts. Through these programs, the library cohort will collaboratively develop, pilot and rapidly iterate a “Ready to Code” toolkit containing a selection of CS resources for libraries and an implementation guide.

The Ready to Code project team will host an informational webinar on Tuesday, August 1, to supplement the detailed RFP and provide additional guidance to applicants. Interested applicants can RSVP to participate in the webinar at the RtC website. Proposals will be accepted through August 31, 2017, and selected libraries will be announced in October.

For detailed information about the RtC grants, including the RFP and FAQs related to the program, visit

Grant Opportunities

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Continuing Education Grants
DEADLINE: July 31, 2017
Individuals in publicly accessible libraries are eligible for competitive continuing education grants from the Carol McMurry Library Endowment. The application should be submitted to the Wyoming State Library, not to the Wyoming Community Foundation. Six grant deadlines annually; next grant deadline is July 31, 2017. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions at or (307) 777-6339.

“The Vietnam War” Documentary and Programming Kit
DEADLINE: August 1, 2017
In partnership with the WETA Productions, the American Library Association has developed a programming kit for The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, for public libraries. This kit includes a programming guide and a copy of the full 18-hour documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights. Fifty U.S. public libraries will be selected through a competitive application process.

Empowering Public Libraries to Create Community History Web Archives
DEADLINE: August 25, 2017
For public librarians interested in participating in a new program of continuing education, training, and services to empower libraries to build collections of historically-valuable, web published materials documenting their local communities. Each participating library will receive the equivalent of $25,000 in web archiving services, and each librarian will receive $3,500 per year to attend cohort meetings, participate in trainings, conferences and professional development, and local events.

Libraries Ready to Code
DEADLINE: August 2017 (date not yet announced)
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 grant application will open in late July.  To be notified when the application is open, sign up on this online form. 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.

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

Walmart Community Grant Program
DEADLINE: December 31
The WalMart Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to eligible nonprofit organizations that operate on the local level and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

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.

Sony Grants For Education
Sony focuses its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology, and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in those areas. They seek to apply financial, technological, and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required of tomorrow’s workforce.

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation Grant
The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation seeks to fund projects that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, family economic stability, and childhood health. Grants can range from $500 to several million dollars, but the foundation will not fund more than 25% of a project’s budget or 10% of an organization’s total annual operating expenses.


Nominate Someone for I Love My Librarian Award

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes the public service contributions that librarians make in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school, college, community college or university libraries. Nominations can be made now through September 18 at

Contributions from last year’s winning librarians include providing a safe haven and emergency relief services during natural disasters, working with students with learning or behavioral challenges and youths in foster care and using skills as a former chef to teach the community about cooking healthy meals.

Each winner will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony and reception in New York City on November 30, 2017, hosted by the philanthropic foundation and award sponsor, Carnegie Corporation of New York. The ALA will select up to 10 award recipients.

Art Books for Libraries in Underserved Communities

School is nearly out for summer! Before the end of the year, don’t forget to place your institution’s annual order of free art books through A.R.T.’s Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program.

The D.U.C. provides public schools, libraries, and prisons with free books on contemporary art and culture. All public institutions who self-define as underserved are encouraged to create an account and place an order through the website.

Both new and returning participants are asked to share their experience with the D.U.C. by responding to their brief online survey. Even more appreciated are letters describing the D.U.C.’s impact, which support their program development and fundraising efforts.