Grant Opportunities

Jul 2, 2020

Libraries Connecting You to Coverage
DEADLINE: July 17, 2020
The Public Library Association (PLA) is offering a series of mini-grants of up to $2,000 to support up to 30 U.S. public libraries to become Certified Application Counselor Designated Organizations (CDOs), which are able to certify staff and volunteers as Certified Application Counselors ahead of the Open Enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Awardees will receive training and support to assist patrons with enrolling in health insurance plans, to disseminate information, and to partner with community health groups to make a positive impact.

STAR Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities
DEADLINE for Notice of Intent: July 20, 2020
Will help public library workers in small and rural communities offer outstanding, culturally responsive STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programming and exhibitions for their patrons, especially often-underreached Latino populations. Twelve creative librarians/library workers will be selected to lead their libraries’ participation in a project at the intersection of transforming library services, gender equity and cultural inclusion (especially with Latino families), STEAM learning and positive youth development.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: July 31, 2020
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 July 31 for continuing education events starting no earlier than September 1, 2020.

2020 State Energy Program Grant Opportunities
DEADLINE for WYLITE application: July 30, 2020
DEADLINE for grant application: August 28, 2020
The State Energy Program uses federal grants to offer a range of programs to help reduce energy consumption in Wyoming. In 2020, there are three competitive grant programs available. For K-12 Schools and Local Government grants, interested parties must participate in the WYLITE program prior to applying.

The Mockingbird Foundation
DEADLINE: August 1, 2020
The Mockingbird Foundation offers grants to nonprofit organizations and schools for projects and programs involving music education to children under 18. Iinnovative and collaborative approaches to music education is encouraged, and the Mockingbird Foundation has a special interest in funding projects that support disenfranchised groups such as those with low income, in foster care, in a shelter, or located in a hospital. Grants range in size from $100 to $10,000, and recipients must have 501(c)(3) status.

Community Connect: Digital Access at Home
DEADLINE: August 26, 2020
This new grant opportunity for rural public libraries will support digital access and financial capability for 20 communities nationwide. Libraries selected to participate will receive five Verizon Wi-Fi hotspots with two-year contracts and service for lending to patrons, a $2,000 stipend to support financial literacy programming, a curated book list of financial literacy titles featured in ALA’s Financial Literacy LibGuide, a copy of ALA Editions’ Rainy Day Ready: Financial Literacy Programs and Tools, and professional development and support.

Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change
DEADLINE: August 28, 2020
The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply to be part of Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis. The project will fund in-person and virtual film screenings, community dialogues and related events based on local interest in 25 public and academic libraries, and it will provide instruction and support for the libraries to be centers for community education and support during extreme weather events.

K-12 STEM Educator Development
Funding (~$500) is available for educator professional development, which can include attending workshops or seminars, hosting events or activities, purchasing materials for use in the classroom or out-of-school educational settings, continuing education, and other related activities.

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