4 Great Grant Opportunities

Image1. The EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award provides recognition and a $1,000 honorarium to a public library serving a population of 10,000 or less that "demonstrates excellence of service to its community as exemplified by an overall service program or a special program of significant accomplishment."

Deadline: December 1, 2012
Nomination form: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/apply

The award honors a public library for all or any of the following:

  • Uniqueness of service of program
  • Impact of program or service on community
  • How the service or program will affect the future of the library and its community

2. The Romance Writers of America Library Grant ($4500) is designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant money is to be used toward the purchase of romance fiction, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses.

Deadline: December 1, 2012
Application form: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/apply

To be eligible, a library must demonstrate a plan or examples for use of the funds, such as ...

  • hosting a system-wide training day on the romance genre
  • buying romance novels for the library collection
  • creating readers advisory materials on the genre, or
  • hosting romance fiction oriented programs

3. The ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” Grant is a $3,000 award to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.

Deadline: November 15, 2012
Application form: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/0dQ2MEh7dT

For the purposes of the grant, underserved populations include special population children who...

  • have learning or physical differences
  • are speaking English as a second language
  • are in a non-traditional school environment
  • 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
  • need accommodation service to meet their needs

4. The Highsmith Library Innovation Award ($2000) recognizes a public library's innovative and creative service program to the community.

Any innovative, cutting-edge program, activity or service will be considered. Has your library developed a dynamic solution to a problem? Have you been able to reach a special population through a unique program? Has your special marketing campaign brought dramatic, measurable results? If so, you're eligible to apply.

Deadline: December 1, 2012
Application form: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/apply

Programs should be unique and cutting-edge and must have had measurable impact on the library's clientele. Proposals will be judged on the following:

  • Collaborative efforts of the staff and community in the planning and implementation process.
  • Measurements of success in the community based on usage, program attendance, or greater community awareness.
  • Sustainability of the program over time.
  • Program can be replicated by other public libraries.
  • Quality and appropriateness of submitted materials.