Grant Opportunities



Les Paul Foundation Grants
DEADLINE: September 15, 2021
Funding consideration is given to programs and projects that encourage innovation in music production and/or performance and to innovative STEM or STEAM programs for students and others in challenging situations. All applicants must describe how Les Paul’s story will be shared.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
DEADLINE: September 16, 2021
In this third round of grants, up to 100 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that provides community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood
DEADLINE for letter of intent: September 30, 2021
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is an incubator of promising research and development projects that appear likely to improve the welfare of young children, from infancy through 7 years, in the United States. The foundation provides funding in the areas of early childhood welfare, early childhood education and play, and parenting education.

Emergency Connectivity Fund
DEADLINE: October 13, 2021
This $7.17 billion program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 helps support remote learning. The program will provide funding to schools and libraries for the reasonable costs of eligible equipment and services that can be provided to students, teachers, and library patrons who lack connected devices, such as laptop or tablet computers, and/or lack broadband access during the pandemic. Application window opens September 28, 2021.

Communities for Immunity
DEADLINE: October 29, 2021
Communities for Immunity is seeking proposals that address COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake, with an aim to reach vaccine-hesitant populations. This FAQ page includes resources to help you determine which groups in your community might have higher rates of vaccine hesitancy. Awards will range from $1,500-$100,000; projects must be completed by March 31, 2022. Application window opens up October 4, 2021.

Let’s Talk About It (LTAI): Women’s Suffrage
DEADLINE: December 1, 2021
LTAI: Women’s Suffrage is a reading and discussion project that will spark conversations across the United States about the women’s suffrage movement. Twenty-five libraries will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to support programming costs, ten copies of five themed books, access to programming guides and support materials, virtual training on the LTAI model, a suite of online resources and more. Application window opens September 1, 2021.

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