Grant Opportunities

Feb 4, 2021

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: March 4, 2021
Up to 450 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.

Rocky Mountain Power Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021
The foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 (with most ranging between $2,000 and $5,000) to educational and research organizations both public and private, from early childhood through university level. In addition, the foundation recently committed immediate support for organizations that could provide critical far-reaching services in support of COVID-19 relief efforts. Projects limited to communities served by Rocky Mountain Power or Pacific Power.

Book Love Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: March 15, 2021

The Book Love Foundation assists teachers with building inclusive classroom libraries to inspire and nurture a lasting love of reading. Books received from this grant are not intended for a school-wide library or to be permanently divided among teachers. Creative sharing, however, is always encouraged. Grant awards in 2021 will range from $1,000 to $2,000.

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
DEADLINE: March 31, 2021
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 March 31, 2021, for continuing education events starting no earlier than May 1, 2021.

Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award
DEADLINE: May 5, 2021
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, presented annually by the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is sponsored by the American Library Association’s Cultural Communities Fund in cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

Carol McMurry Library Endowment Grants to Libraries
DEADLINE: June 15, 2021
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.

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program
Thousands of free art books are available for distribution to public and school libraries in underserved communities. Participating libraries may order books from the D.U.C. catalog once annually. Branch libraries may participate independently or through their main library. All items received from the D.U.C. must be cataloged in the library’s holdings and made available to all patrons.

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