Grant Opportunities



Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity
DEADLINE: March 16, 2019
Recognizes U.S. libraries and staff who overcome adversity and create lasting innovative community service programs that successfully inspire and connect with new readers. One $10,000 cash award given annually to a library in the U.S. If a suitable candidate is not found, the award will not be presented that year. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books.

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program
DEADLINE: March 31, 2019
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools, preschools, and libraries across the country, is putting out its annual call for proposals. Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries whose proposals reflect imagination and a desire to make learning fun.

Wyoming Arts Council Community Support Grant
DEADLINE: April 1, 2019
The Community Support Grant (CSG) is a competitive grant program for project and/or operational support for organizations that provide services to their community through the arts. An organization is eligible to receive up to $20,000 in operating and project support (up to $12,000), arts education activities ($5,000), professional development ($1,000), programs involving folk and traditional arts (up to $1,000), outreach to rural communities (up to $1,000). Applicants who did not receive this grant last year may submit a draft for WAC staff review by March 1.

Native American Library Services Basic Grants
DEADLINE: April 1, 2019
One-year grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services of $6,000 to $10,000, which can include $3,000 in eligible education and assessment activities or travel. The grants are available to federally recognized Native American tribes and Native Alaskan villages and are designed to support existing operations and maintain core services of tribal and Native village libraries. Grants may be used to buy library materials, fund salaries and training, provide internet connectivity and computers, or develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations, among other things.

American Heritage Center Travel Grants
DEADLINE: April 15, 2019
The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center offers travel grants of up to $750 each provide support for travel, food, and lodging to carry out research using the AHC’s collections.

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives
DEADLINES: Online initial proposal, April 3, 2019; final proposals September 17, 2019
Intended to help digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions. Grants, ranging from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $250,000 in the case of a single-institution project or $500,000 for a collaborative project, will be provided to colleges and universities, research centers, museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural associations, and select government units.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 3, 2019
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 is presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Applicants do not need to be AASL members.

Fios.Verizon Technology Teacher Grant
DEADLINE: May 21, 2019
Eligible K-12 teachers may apply for a $1,000 grant to use toward the purchase of Virtual Reality (VR) equipment to use in the classroom. Write a brief lesson plan (500 word max. and must be written in English) that creatively details how you would use Virtual Reality (VR) equipment in your classroom to enhance the education experience.

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