A quick roundup of some grant opportunities currently available to Wyoming librarians:
Carol McMurry Library Endowment Individual Grants for Continuing Education
Employees or volunteers in publicly accessible libraries are eligible for competitive continuing education grants from the Carol McMurry Library Endowment. Individuals need 12 months employment or volunteer time at their current library to be considered. The application should be submitted to the Wyoming State Library, not to the Wyoming Community Foundation. See guidelines at will.state.wy.us/mcmurry/indivgrants.html.
Six grant cycles per year; next deadline is March 31, 2016.
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation mini-grants
A Mini-Grant is an award of up to $500 given to public schools and libraries to implement a proposed program. Mini-Grant programs are creative and innovative…they take place inside the classroom or out in the community…they bridge disciplines and grade levels from preschool to 12th—and are funded solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation. Successful past programs include a public story walk, a multicultural portrait project, a school garden, bookmaking, creating a puppet show, and an intergenerational publication or activity. See more examples in their gallery of Great Mini-Grant Programs. Learn more at www.ezra-jack-keats.org/how-to-apply-for-a-mini-grant/.
Deadline is March 31, 2016
Great Stories Club (American Library Association)
The Great Stories Club gives at-risk, troubled youth the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas on topics that resonate with them. Libraries selected to participate in the Great Stories Club “Change” series will receive copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups of 6 to 10 people; travel and lodging support to attend a national orientation workshop in June 2016 ; and a variety of programming support materials. All types of U.S. libraries located within or working in partnership with an organization that serves at-risk youth are eligible to apply. Learn more at apply.ala.org/greatstories.
Deadline is April 15, 2016
RBC After-School Grants
The RBC After-School Grants Project offers funding to programs that provide a range of structured, supervised activities for K-12 students in the critical hours after the school day ends. Preference will be given to community-based organizations with multiple program partners and volunteers and that have broad participant appeal within a community. Learn more at www.rbcwealthmanagement.com/us/en/community-events/foundation-grants/giving-guidelines.
Deadline is July 15, 2016