Grant Opportunities

Nov 6, 2019

Library Census Equity Fund Mini-Grants
DEADLINE: November 22, 2019
The American Library Association will provide 25 libraries with $2,000 mini-grants to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. All types of libraries and library organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants may propose activities such as conducting community outreach activities or expanding the library’s technology capacity for people completing the census questionnaire online.

Society of American Archivists Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: Letter of inquiry due December 1, 2019 and final application due February 1, 2020
The SAA Foundation raises money to provide resources to enhance the work of the archival community.  To that end, the SAA Foundation will support research and reporting about the profession, its practice, and its practitioners; development of professional growth opportunities; recognition of archivists via scholarships, travel assistance, and awards; programs to enhance the performance of repositories; and efforts to persuade influential external organizations to create or promote archives.

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. View the recording of the pre-application webinar.

Autism Welcome Here: Programs, Services, and More Grant
DEADLINE: December 2, 2019
Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing,
successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service
they already offer. All programs or services proposed must benefit people with autism or
their families, directly or indirectly. A total of $5,000 will be awarded. Any type of library in
the United States can apply, and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group.

Romance Writers of America Library Grant
DEADLINE: December 6, 2019
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of books in print and/or audio format, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses. Sponsored by the Romance Writers of America.

Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music / Video Product Award
DEADLINE: December 6, 2019
Designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand a collection of either or both formats in whatever proportion the library chooses. The grant consists of $2,500 of Audio Music or Video Products. Sponsored by Baker & Taylor.

PLA Library Innovation Award
DEADLINE: December 6, 2019
Recognizes a public library’s innovative and creative service program to the community. A plaque and a $2,000 honorarium are presented annually at the ALA Annual Conference.

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.

National Endowment for the Arts Big Read
DEADLINE: January 29, 2020
The NEA Big Read annually supports approximately 75 dynamic community reading programs, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book. Selected organizations receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, digital resources, and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement. NEA Applicants submit proposals to host a series of community events presented at a variety of locations over the course of one month or longer. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 each.

Inspire Collection Development Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2020
This grant awards up to $5,000 to public middle or high schools to extend, update, and diversify their book, online, subscription and/or software collections in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement.

Inspire Special Event Grant
DEADLINE: February 1, 2020
This grant awards up to $2,000 to public middle or high schools to create new or enhance existing extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement.

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