Category Archives: Grants and Awards

Support Your Local Pollinators — Applications Open!



Image of bee approaching flowers. Text reads: "Support Your Local Pollinators #PlantWildflowers"

To celebrate and support native and wild pollinator populations, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and PBS Nature are launching #PlantWildflowers, a nationwide education and action initiative to highlight pollinator diversity and spark local efforts to support wild pollinators.

Across the US.. and Canada, they’re inviting libraries to host localized pollinator celebration events that will build community collaborations, highlight the crucial role bees and other pollinators play, and give members the opportunity to support local pollinators by planting native wildflowers. Selected libraries will receive a $1,000 honorarium, regionalized pollinator-friendly wildflower seed packets for distribution, and a variety of informal and formal pollinator-focused educational activity tools.

Participating libraries will be asked to host at least two events during the Spring and Summer of 2022, each with a focus on engaging family audiences, or other constituents.

All materials, other than the honorarium and the seed packets and displays, will be available for free to all libraries, whether selected to participate as a premiere #PlantWildflowers partner or not. Learn more.

Grant Opportunities



Public Library Association 2022 Conference Grants
DEADLINE: December 8, 2021
PLA is giving away 15 scholarships to provide financial assistance for public library workers and students to attend the PLA 2022 Conference in Portland, Oregon, March 23–25. Each scholarship includes complimentary registration, one year of ALA and PLA membership, and a $500 stipend for travel and housing. These scholarships may not be applied toward the PLA 2022 Virtual Conference.

Save America’s Treasures Collection Grants
DEADLINE: December 14, 2021
Save America’s Treasures is a National Park Service grant program in collaboration with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant program supports the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections and requires a dollar-for-dollar match.

Walmart Community Grant Program
DEADLINE: December 31, 2021
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of local nonprofit organizations within the service area of individual Walmart or Sam’s Club stores for projects that benefit the community at large. Eligible nonprofit organizations must operate on the local level or be an affiliate/chapter of a larger organization that operates locally and directly benefit the service area of the store from which they are requesting funding.

Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit
DEADLINE: January 3, 2022
One hundred public and school libraries will receive free books and resources through an effort to distribute diverse and inclusive financial literacy resources for children and young people. The giveaway is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation).

NEH Public Humanities Projects Grants
DEADLINE: January 12, 2022
The Public Humanities Projects program supports projects that bring the ideas of the humanities to life for general audiences through public programming. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. Small and mid-sized organizations are especially encouraged to apply.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: January 31, 2022
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 January 31, 2022, for continuing education events starting no earlier than March 1, 2022.

Lola Homsher Research Grants
DEADLINE: February 28, 2022
Need financial assistance to help finalize your history project?  The Wyoming State Historical Society, a non-profit membership driven educational organization, offers cash grants to people involved in research activities based on various aspects of the state’s history.  The grants, ranging from $100 up to $1,500 are awarded based on applications submitted to the Society’s Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Committee.

Apply now for an Inclusive Financial Literacy Programming Kit



"Thinking Money for ALL Kids" banner

One hundred public and school libraries will receive free books and resources through an effort to distribute diverse and inclusive financial literacy resources for children and young people. The giveaway is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation).

Library workers are invited to apply online to receive one of the kits for their library. Applications will be accepted until January 3, 2022. The application will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please only submit one application per library or branch. Public and school libraries (serving children in grades K–8) located in the U.S. and U.S. territories are eligible to apply.

All Americans need to master the knowledge and skills to make smart financial choices and prepare for whatever the future brings. Unfortunately, books that seek to teach children and young people good financial habits often, perhaps unknowingly, lack diverse characters and reinforce harmful stereotypes.

ALA and the FINRA Foundation have collaborated with a team of librarian advisors to develop a book list that eschews stereotypes and embraces diversity in telling stories and sharing skills related to personal finance and financial capability for children.

One hundred participating libraries will receive a printed copy of the “Thinking Money for (ALL) Kids” book list with corresponding best practices and programming ideas for public and school libraries; a print copy of “Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools” edited by Melanie Welch and Patrick Hogan for the ALA Public Programs Office (ALA Editions, 2020), a ready-to-use guide for library staff with 16 model financial capability programs; and one print copy of five books from the book list for libraries to add to their circulating collection.

A digital version of the “Thinking Money for (ALL) Kids” book list will be made available, free of charge, to the library field upon its completion in spring 2022. To be notified when the digital guide is available, sign up for ALA’s Programming Librarian newsletter.

Grant Opportunities



Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund IF Course Scholarship
DEADLINE: November 19, 2021
The Freedom to Read Foundation is offering a scholarship for the Spring 2022 course, Intellectual Freedom and Young Adults, offered through San Jose State University School of Information from January 26-May 16, 2022. The course will focus on intellectual freedom issues with youth, the value of youth literature to enhance individuals’ lives, the ethics of intellectual freedom, the psychology of censorship and how to combat it, and how to defend materials for youth.

Toshiba America Foundation STEM Grants
DEADLINE: Rolling; next is December 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.

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries
DEADLINE: December 2, 2021 by 10:59 p.m. MST
The American Library Association will distribute $2 million to help anchor libraries as strong humanities institutions as they emerge and rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic. Up to 200 U.S. libraries of all types (e.g., public, tribal, K-12, academic, special, prison) and representing a broad range of communities will receive $10,000 through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process.

Penguin Random House Grants for Small & Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: Rolling; next is December 17, 2021
Through the support of Penguin Random House, the Association of Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) has announced a new grant opportunity for small and rural libraries nationwide. ARSL membership is not required to apply. The program will award grants of up to $2,500 to libraries that demonstrate a true need. Grants are not limited to literacy and may be used for everything from library programming and books to resources like hotspots.

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Grants for School Libraries
DEADLINE: December 31, 2021
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides funds to our nation’s neediest schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning.

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
DEADLINE: January 13, 2022
The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations. The program supports sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience, which is the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity. The program helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. Optional drafts are due December 9, 2021.

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
DEADLINE: January 13, 2022
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions — such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities — improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. There will be a pre-application webinar for prospective applicants on November 29, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. MST.

FINRA Foundation Library Grants
DEADLINE: March 1, 2022
This grant program supports public libraries and academic libraries in their efforts to meet financial and/or investor education needs at the community level by providing high-quality education, services, and resources. The program also aims to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in access to personal finance education and information. Eligibility limited to U.S. public libraries and academic libraries at U.S. state or nonprofit higher education institutions.

$2 Million in Humanities Funding Available to Libraries Through ALA



American Library Association logoThe American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries to apply for funding through its American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries opportunity, a grantmaking program to deliver relief to libraries recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2021.

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, ALA will distribute $2 million to help anchor libraries as strong humanities institutions as they emerge and rebuild from the coronavirus pandemic. The purpose of this emergency relief program is to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic and require support to restore and sustain their core activities.

Up to 200 U.S. libraries of all types (e.g., public, tribal, K-12, academic, special, prison) and representing a broad range of communities will receive $10,000 through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process.

A free webinar to go over the application process will be held October 27 from 12-1 p.m. MDT. Register now to attend.

Selected libraries will receive:

ALA will accept applications until December 2, 2021. Learn more and apply online.

The general goals of this ARP opportunity include to help create or preserve jobs; support or maintain general operations; create or sustain humanities programs; and implement new humanities activities or sustain existing activities. Eligible expenses include salary and benefit support for library workers engaged in humanities activities; costs related to in-person or virtual humanities programming, such as book clubs and guest lectures; and marketing and advertising to support library humanities efforts.

Grant Opportunities



Emergency Connectivity Fund
DEADLINE: October 13, 2021
This $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 helps support remote learning. The program will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of eligible equipment and services that can be provided to students, teachers, and library patrons who lack connected devices, such as laptop or tablet computers, and/or lack broadband access during the pandemic.

Wyoming Humanities American Rescue Plan Grants
DEADLINE: October 15, 2021
Wyoming’s humanities-based non-profit organizations — including libraries, museums, and more — can apply for general operating funds.Thousands of dollars are available for eligible organizations. Funds for general operating support can often be used for salaries, utilities, rent, and much more. Grants are also available for programming and pandemic recovery.

Network of the National Library of Medicine Grants
DEADLINE: October 16, 2021
Two types of grants are available. The Program Improvement Award supports short-term projects to advance access to health information resources. The Engagement and Outreach Award is intended develop new or enhance existing collaborative projects among all library types to increase awareness and use of National Library of Medicine resources. Region 4 (includes Wyoming) members eligible; membership is free.

Communities for Immunity
DEADLINE: October 29, 2021
Communities for Immunity is seeking proposals that address COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake, with an aim to reach vaccine-hesitant populations. This FAQ page includes resources to help you determine which groups in your community might have higher rates of vaccine hesitancy. Awards will range from $1,500-$100,000; projects must be completed by March 31, 2022. Application window opens October 4, 2021.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
DEADLINE: November 5, 2021
The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually.

Connecting Communities Digital Initiative
DEADLINE: November 15, 2021
The Library of Congress will fund two grant programs for applicants to create digital or digital/physical interfaces, publications or exhibits that incorporate Library of Congress digital materials into resources that meet local community needs. This Notice of Funding Opportunity, or “Notice” represents the program specifically for Libraries, Archives, and Museums. A separate Notice is open to minority serving higher education institutions. A third program will support a Scholar or Artist in Residence.

Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage
DEADLINE: December 1, 2021
LTAI: Women’s Suffrage is a reading and discussion project that will spark conversations across the United States about the women’s suffrage movement. Twenty-five libraries will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to support programming costs, ten copies of five themed books, access to programming guides and support materials, virtual training on the LTAI model, a suite of online resources and more.

American Library Association scholarships
DEADLINE: March 1, 2022

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 $2,500 to $8,000 per student per year. They include scholarships for students who are interested in children’s librarianship, youth librarianship, federal librarianship, new media and library automation. In addition, there are also scholarships available for minorities, persons with disabilities and people who are already employed in libraries but do not have an MLS.

Inspire Collection Development Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2022
Grants for existing public middle or high schools to extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school. The fund has $20,000 available; awards are capped at $5,000 per grant.

Inspire Special Event Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2022
Supports a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school. The fund has $10,000 available; awards are capped at $2,000 per grant.

Thousands of Grant Dollars Still Available from Wyoming Humanities



Wyoming Humanities logo with the phrase Think WY celebrating 50 years and a magnifying glassWyoming’s humanities-based non-profit organizations — including libraries, museums, and more — can still apply for general operating funds through Wyoming Humanities American Rescue Plan grants. The next deadline to apply is October 15, 2021. Grants are also available for programming and pandemic recovery.

“I’ve heard from people asking whether they should apply or whether they fit the criteria,” said Chloe Flagg, the director of grants and programming with Wyoming Humanities. “The quick answer is often a resounding ‘yes’ – and if they have any questions, they should absolutely speak with us about these opportunities.”

Thousands of dollars are available for eligible organizations. Funds for general operating support can often be used for salaries, utilities, rent, and much more. This grant is made possible with ARP funding channeled through the National Endowment for the Humanities. This money will support nonprofit organizations as they prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.

The application process has been streamlined and significantly simplified, with no letter of intent required. “The whole process may take just 30 minutes,” Flagg said.

To apply or for more information, visit thinkwy.org/grants or email chloe@thinkwy.org.

Grant Opportunities



Les Paul Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: September 15, 2021
Funding consideration is given to programs and projects that encourage innovation in music production and/or performance and to innovative STEM or STEAM programs for students and others in challenging situations. All applicants must describe how Les Paul’s story will be shared.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: September 16, 2021
In this third round of grants, up to 100 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that provides community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
DEADLINE for letter of intent: September 30, 2021
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.

Emergency Connectivity Fund
DEADLINE: October 13, 2021
This $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 helps support remote learning. The program will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of eligible equipment and services that can be provided to students, teachers, and library patrons who lack connected devices, such as laptop or tablet computers, and/or lack broadband access during the pandemic. Application window opens September 28, 2021.

Communities for Immunity
DEADLINE: October 29, 2021
Communities for Immunity is seeking proposals that address COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake, with an aim to reach vaccine-hesitant populations. This FAQ page includes resources to help you determine which groups in your community might have higher rates of vaccine hesitancy. Awards will range from $1,500-$100,000; projects must be completed by March 31, 2022. Application window opens up October 4, 2021.

Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage
DEADLINE: December 1, 2021
LTAI: Women’s Suffrage is a reading and discussion project that will spark conversations across the United States about the women’s suffrage movement. Twenty-five libraries will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to support programming costs, ten copies of five themed books, access to programming guides and support materials, virtual training on the LTAI model, a suite of online resources and more. Application window opens September 1, 2021.

Grant Opportunities



Emergency Connectivity Fund
DEADLINE: August 13, 2021
The Emergency Connectivity Fund is 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. 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.

Wyoming Humanities American Rescue Plan Grants
DEADLINE: August 15 to October 15, 2021, depending on specific grant program
Wyoming Humanities ARP Grants will support nonprofit organizations as they “prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.” Three grants will be available to support nonprofit organizations across the state: General Operating Support Grants, Programming Support Grants, and Recovery Support Grants.

ABOS Conference Scholarship
DEADLINE: August 31, 2021
Scholarship opportunity to attend the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) conference from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, All of Us Community Engagement Center. The 30 scholarships awarded will include full registration to the 2021 Virtual ABOS conference as well as a one-year ABOS membership.

Community Collections Grants from the American Folklife Center
DEADLINE: September 7, 2021
The Library of Congress is offering a new series of grants to individuals and organizations working to document cultures and traditions of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color traditionally underrepresented in the United States. Up to 10 grant opportunities are available in fall 2021 for up to $60,000 each to fund field research within Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

NSHSS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching Grant
DEADLINE: September 15, 2021
This NSHSS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching Grant is for educators who serve in rural areas, diverse student populations, or are actively promoting diversity and inclusion initiatives in their school or greater community. Applicants should provide their school’s demographics and explain how the funds will directly benefit their students. Funds may be used for supplies, materials, field trips or other resources to enhance the delivery of courses.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: September 16, 2021
In this third round of grants, up to 100 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that provides community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities.

I Love My Librarian Award
DEADLINE: September 27, 2021
Has a librarian made a difference in your life? Have they gone above and beyond to help your community during the pandemic? Now’s your chance to celebrate their impact by nominating them for the prestigious I Love My Librarian Award. Up to 10 exceptional school, public, and college/university librarians will be selected to receive $5,000 in recognition of their service to their communities.

Wyoming Crossroads Grants
DEADLINE: Grants awarded quarterly, with applications due September 30 and December 31, 2021, and March 31, 2022
The aim of this grant is to serve the three primary goals of the larger initiative: increase Wyoming’s intellectual, community, social and civic wealth as the state restructures its economy; apply humanities programming in new and innovative ways to reach audiences that do no typically engage in public humanities; and develop new partnerships with groups and associations not typically considered “humanities” or cultural organizations.

New Grant Opportunities from Wyoming Humanities



Wyoming Humanities logo with the phrase Think WY celebrating 50 years and a magnifying glassWyoming Humanities has two new grant opportunities available, both of which can offer significant dollars to nonprofit humanities organizations and organizations that provide humanities programming. The goal of Wyoming Humanities’ grants is to support public programs that use the humanities to explore the state’s histories, stories, issues, and connections between groups and communities.

Wyoming Humanities American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grant
DEADLINE: Applications available July 15
Wyoming Humanities ARP Grants will support nonprofit organizations as they “prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the coronavirus.” Three grants will be available to support nonprofit organizations across the state: General Operating Support Grants, Programming Support Grants, and Recovery Support Grants.

Wyoming Crossroads Grant
DEADLINE: Applications available July 15
Wyoming Crossroads is a state-wide public humanities initiative to bring humanities perspectives to help Wyoming realize growth out of change. The aim of this grant is to serve the three primary goals of the larger initiative: increase Wyoming’s intellectual, community, social and civic wealth as the state restructures its economy; apply humanities programming in new and innovative ways to reach audiences that do no typically engage in public humanities; and develop new partnerships with groups and associations not typically considered “humanities” or cultural organizations.

Executive Director Shawn Reese and Director of Grants and Programming Chloe Flagg will share the application process, details about the grants, and answer questions during a live webinar on Friday, July 16 at 11 am. Click here to register for Explore New Grant Opportunities from Wyoming Humanities.

For more information, visit the Wyoming Humanities website or contact Chloe Flagg, Director of Grants and Programming, at chloe@thinkwy.org or (307) 721-9246.