Grant and Award Opportunities

Apr 6, 2023

Graphic reads GRANT ALERT with an illustration of a megaphoneBlue Whales Project Request for Proposals from Public Libraries
DEADLINE: April 21, 2023
The blue whale is now the centerpiece of a rich STEM library initiative. Selected libraries will receive a $1000 honorarium for events, a life size (25’ x 10’) blue whale tail floor mat, a Blue Whale Project pop-up banner, activities, virtual field trip videos, interactive and augmented reality experiences, professional development webinars, a promotional toolkit, and more. Except for the honorarium, the whale tail and the pop-up banner, all materials are available for free to all libraries.

Bound to Stay Bound Inc. “My First AASL National Conference” Travel Grant
DEADLINE: April 24, 2023
Thirty travel grants are available to school library professionals wishing to attend the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference for the first time. The $750 grants for first-time attendees of the conference are sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books. Applicants must be must be ALA/AASL personal members at the time of application.

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants
DEADLINE: April 27, 2023, 9:00 P.M. MDT
All types of schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations that help K-12th grade students who are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply. The maximum grant amount is $4,000. Grants will be announced on August 17, 2023. The applicant organization must be located within 15 miles of a Dollar General store. Grant funding is provided to Implement new or expanding existing literacy programs, purchase new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, and/or purchase books, materials, or software for literacy programs.

National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grants
DEADLINE: April 27, 2023
Offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to groups/communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share that are underserved. Challenge America features an abbreviated application, a robust structure of technical assistance, and grants for a set amount of $10,000. Grants require a cost share/match of $10,000 consisting of cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Voya Unsung Heroes
DEADLINE: April 28, 2023

The Voya Unsung Heroes program seeks to reward excellence in U.S. schools by funding innovative K-12 classroom projects. Each year, 50 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects that improve student learning. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. Applicants must be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff that are employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States. The application deadline is April 28, 2023. Visit the Voya website to apply online.

Toshiba America Foundation
DEADLINE: May 1, 2023
Grants for grade 6-12 teachers for innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) projects. Through the program, at least $5,000 will be awarded to support innovative project-based learning with measurable outcomes. Note: the foundation typically supports project-based learning and does not consider requests for computers, laptops, or tablets.

Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference Scholarships
DEADLINE: May 2, 2023
Each year the ARSL Grants, Awards & Scholarships (GAS) Committee accepts applications for competitive scholarships to facilitate attendance to the ARSL Conference. New this year is the Empowering Library Workers of Color Conference Scholarship. Scholarships also available for LIS students, early-career professionals, and ARSL members attending the conference for the first time.

ALA’s Great Stories Club
DEADLINE: May 10, 2023
The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for “Imagining Tomorrow: Building Inclusive Futures.” This brand-new series in ALA’s Great Stories Club (GSC) will feature science fiction books that explore questions of equity, identity and alternate futures. 35 libraries will be selected. Selected libraries will receive 11 paperback copies of theme-related books to use in the reading and discussion groups as well as a $500 programming stipend, online training, an array of program resources and support throughout the grant term. Applications will be accepted from all types of libraries in the United States. Participating libraries must work in partnership with, or be located within, an organization that reaches underserved teens.

Union Pacific Foundation: Community Ties Giving Program
DEADLINE: May 31, 2023
Program aims to build safe, prosperous, vibrant, and inclusive communities where Union Pacific Railroad operates. Funding is provided for direct services and efforts that build the capacity of organizations focused on the following causes: safety, workforce development, community spaces, environmental sustainability, and local needs. Within each focus area, the aim is to support programs and organizations working to advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion of underrepresented populations. Grant awards typically range from $2,500 to $25,000.

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