Grant Opportunities

Nov 2, 2020

Engineers Week Outreach Grants
DEADLINE: November 14, 2020
The goals of this grant program are to engage youth (particularly underserved K-12 students) with hands-on learning experiences and events that inspire an interest and understanding of engineering and take place in or around Engineers Week. Due to COVID-19, in person and virtual events are eligible for funding. Grants range between $250 and $1000.

Society of American Archivists Foundation Strategic Growth Grants
DEADLINE for Letter of Inquiry: December 1, 2020
The program awards grants of between $500 and $5,000 for work that aligns with the strategic plan and/or mission and goals of the foundation, which include 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 designed to enhance the performance of repositories; and efforts to persuade influential external organizations to create or promote archives.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: December 2, 2020
Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. The initiative is part of ALA’s longtime commitment to preparing library workers for the expanding role of libraries. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, from hotspot purchases to personal protective equipment to staff time to undertake community engagement work.

National Friends of Libraries Week Awards
DEADLINE: December 4, 2020
The National Friends of Libraries Week Awards encourage Friends of Libraries to celebrate and promote their groups within the community. Each year, two Friends groups are awarded $250 each in honor of their celebrations during the week.

John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award
DEADLINE: December 31, 2020
The John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award, presented annually, honors notable contributions to intellectual freedom and demonstrations of personal courage in defense of freedom of expression by a living individual, group, or organization. The award consists of a citation and $500. The award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA).

Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Award
DEADLINE: January 1, 2021
The Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award, presented annually, recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality, and anti-censorship efforts. The award consists of $1,000 and a citation. The award is sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA).

National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read 
DEADLINE: January 27, 2021
The NEA Big Read is a community engagement opportunity through which grants of up to $20,000 are awarded in support of community-wide reading programs (virtual and/or in-person) that take place between September 2021 and June 2022. Arts Midwest will be hosting a webinar for interested applicants on November 12 at 11:00 a.m. MST. (Registration required.)

Believe in Reading Grants for Literacy Programs
Believe in Reading will consider funding programs that serve any age or aspect of supporting reading and literacy, including adult literacy or English as a second language projects.

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