Grant Opportunities

Oct 2, 2019

Libraries Lead with Digital Skills
DEADLINE: October 7, 2019
Applications are now open for Wyoming public libraries for funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills to host digital skills workshops for job seekers and small business owners in your community. Recipients will receive $1,000 along with marketing support, technical guidance, a community of practice, and advocacy tools. Successful applicants will be eligible for an additional $3,000 if selected for a Spotlight Award.

Scholastic Give Back Initiative
DEADLINE: October 15, 2019
Recipients will receive a dollar‑for‑dollar match toward the purchase of any Scholastic digital resources, including TrueFlix®, FreedomFlix™, ScienceFlix®, Scholastic GO!®, or Scholastic Teachables, at list prices. Minimum expenditure required is $500; maximum award is $10,000.

Wyoming Business Council/University of Wyoming Extension Community Reviews
DEADLINE: October 30, 2019
The Wyoming Business Council (WBC) and the University of Wyoming Extension (UW) invite you to apply for a community review to benefit your community in 2020. A Community Review is a mini-strategic planning process designed and conducted in coordination with leaders, business owners, and residents in your community. The centerpiece of the program is a 2 to 3-day visit to your community by a team of community and economic development professionals. The members of this “Visiting Team” volunteer their time and talents to support your community in developing a plan to manage change and pursue your goals on your terms.

Code Club for Small & Rural Public Libraries
DEADLINE: October 31, 2019
The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences is funding a grant to deliver all the resources necessary to run a code club in small and rural public libraries. Those resources include one-on-one training sessions, code club software, ongoing coaching and support, and Ozobot and Sphero coding robots. 50 libraries will be selected to participate in this grant. An informational webinar on this grant will be held at 12:00 p.m. MDT on Thursday, October 10.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant
DEADLINE: November 1, 2019
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 may be awarded to individuals; local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units, affiliates and committees of the American Library Association, or programs of information and library studies/science. International applicants welcome.

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries
DEADLINE: December 2, 2019
Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP) is a special initiative of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. The goal is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and/or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities and to build grantee capacity through participation in a community of practice. IMLS invites applications that focus on transforming school library practice, community memory, and digital inclusion. Awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000. A pre-application webinar will take place on Thursday, September 12, from 1-2 p.m. MDT.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: December 15, 2019
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 in June and December. Contact Brian Greene, WSL Library Development Manager, with any questions at or (307) 777-6339.

USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
This USDA program helps provide funding to develop community facilities in rural areas. A rural area, as defined by the USDA, has a population of less than 20,000 residents. The funds can be used to purchase, construct, or improve facilities. Priority is given to communities with a population of less than 5,500 and communities with a median household income below 80% of the state nonmetropolitan median household income. To get started, contact your local Rural Development office.

Kids Need to Read
Note: Applications not accepted during the months of May, June, November, and December.

Kids Need to Read provides books, periodicals, and literacy resources to schools, libraries, and other organizations that administer literacy programs to disadvantaged children and adolescents. A school, library, or organization receiving books from Kids Need to Read must be a governmental agency or 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization located in the United States or its territories. These organizations must serve at least 50% of children living at or below the national poverty rate. Schools may use free and reduced lunch data for poverty level rates.

NNLM Reading Club Book Kits
Library book clubs can add titles on critical health topics to their discussion list using free National Network of Libraries of Medicine Reading Club book kits now being offered by the NNLM MidContinental Region. Each kit contains eight copies of a “ready-to-use” title along with free and downloadable materials designed to help libraries support health information needs in their communities. Libraries must be NNLM organizational members to be eligible; membership is free.

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