Grant and Award Opportunities

Jan 2, 2024

Standing graphicCarol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: January 31, 2024
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, 2024, for continuing education events starting no earlier than March 1, 2024.

ALA Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2024
The theme of this year’s award is Community Engagement.  This grant will provide two grants of $2,000 for libraries to expand their community engagement efforts with a project that focuses on community empowerment.  The project can include a project that brings people together to discuss, celebrate, empower, or collaborate on a local issue and build upon community assets.  It should involve the library, the community, and at least one partner organization.

Peggy Barber Tribute Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2024
ALA or ARSL members may apply for this grant that promotes meaningful programming for libraries with limited and/or no budgetary support.  This year’s award will support grants related to civic education (voting, literacy skills, community advocacy, etc.).  Up to three grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded.

RUSA Stephen T. Riedner Grant for Life Enhancing Library Programs for People Living with Dementia
Deadline: February 23, 2024
The Stephen T. Riedner Grant for Life Enhancing Library Programs for People Living with Dementia presents a citation and a grant of $2,500 each to two libraries to support the creation of new services and/or new programming to serve those living with dementia.
Grant submissions could include, but are not limited to, projects focused on: inclusion – welcoming this population into the library/community, staff dementia awareness training, person-centered focus – address unique needs as individuals with their own interests, abilities, and history, literacy activities that promote the use of books and reading as at least one component of programming (which can include art, music, exercise, nature, etc. as well, academic research into reading and dementia, or developing partnerships with local organizations that also serve those living with dementia.
Applicants do not need to be a member of ALA. Anyone can apply regardless of nationality. Projects that have already been implemented are not eligible for this grant.

Wyoming Arts Council Arts Access Project Grant
The Fiscal Year 2024 Arts Access Project Grant application is now open for projects taking place between July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024. This grant is designed to provide arts project funding for organizations that meet any of the following four criteria: projects increasing arts access for, or primarily serving, people with disabilities; arts projects led by and/or primarily serving BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color); projects involving folk & traditional arts and artists; and organizations in rural communities with a population of less than 3000. An organization is eligible to receive up to $1000 with no match requirement.

Black Hills Corporation Community Giving
Areas of focus are arts and culture, civic and community development, education, environment, human services, and youth development. Giving limited to Black Hills Energy service areas.

BNSF Railway Foundation Grants
Supports organizations and programs that support and improve the general welfare and quality of life in the communities in which BNSF Railway Company operates. Generally, they will consider requests for funding that clearly fall within one or more of the following categories: civic services, cultural organizations, educational institutions, health and human service organizations, youth organizations, and a federally recognized tribal government.

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