2 Grant Opportunities to Get Dollars for Your Library

Image"Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant This Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done. "The ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee will select the winner of this award based on an application process. Special population children may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who are speaking English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who are in non-traditional family settings (such as teen parents, foster children, children in the juvenile justice system, and children in gay and lesbian families), and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs." 2012 Light the Way Grant application form Image. Deadline date: December 1, 2011 Georgia-Pacific Foundation Grants If your library is located within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific manufacturing presence, you're eligible to apply for a Georgia-Pacific Foundation grant. Use their Eligibility Survey, read their Grant Application FAQ, and find out how you can apply for a grant.  The program for which you apply for grant funds needs to "align with one of the Four Es: Education, Environment, Entrepreneurship or Enrichment of Community." According to the Texas State Library & Archives Commission, "The size of their grants ranges widely from a few hundred dollars to $25,000, depending on the impact of the Project and funds available. They have given to libraries in the past." Deadline date: October 31, 2011 image credit: Fernando Mengoni via stock.xchng