Apply for These 9 Grants & Awards

Now is a Imagetime to apply for any of these grants & awards, before the busy-ness of the end-of-the-year holiday season approaches.

These opportunities are arranged in chronological order by the date of the application deadline.

Build A Bear Workshop Literacy and Education Grants
Award: from $1000 to $5000
Deadline date: October 31, 2013
Apply here: Literacy and Education Application
Details & criteria: Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation 2013 Literacy Grant Guidelines Image

We want to provide direct support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs.

Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
Award: $3000
Deadline date: November 8, 2013
Apply here: Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant Application
Details & criteria: http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek/nlwgrant

U.S. libraries of all types are invited to apply for a $3,000 grant that will be awarded to the best public awareness campaign promoting the theme Lives change @ your library during National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014).

ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award
Award: $5000
Deadline date: December 1, 2013
Apply here: ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award Nomination Form
Details & criteria: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/31960/apply

... a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by creating a cultural/thematic program type or program series, presented during the preceding year (September 1 - August 31), that engages the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addresses an identified community need, and has a measurable impact.

ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant
Award: $3000
Deadline date: December 1, 2013
Apply here: 2014 Candlewick Press Light the Way Grant
Details & criteria: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/profawards/candlewicklighttheway

Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award
Award: $2500 of audio music or video products ordered through Baker & Taylor
Deadline date: December 2, 2013
Apply here:  PLA Awards Online Application
Details & criteria: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/btaudiomusicvideoproductaward

The purpose of the Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award is to promote the development of a circulating audio music/video product collection in public libraries and increase the exposure of the format within the community.

Presented by the Public Library Association and Baker & Taylor.

EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award
Award: $1000
Deadline date: December 2, 2013
Apply here:  PLA Awards Online Application
Details & criteria: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/ebscoexcellencesmallruralaward

The EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award provides recognition and a $1000 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.  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

Sponsored by the Public Library Association and EBSCO Information Services.

Romance Writers of America Library Grant
Award: $4500
Deadline date: December 2, 2013
Apply here:  PLA Awards Online Application
Details & criteria: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/romancewritersgrant

... to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of romance fiction, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses.

Presented by the Public Library Association and the Romance Writers of America.

Upstart Innovation Award
Award: $2000
Deadline date: December 2, 2013
Apply here:  PLA Awards Online Application
Details & criteria: http://www.ala.org/pla/awards/upstartaward

... 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.

Loleta D. Fyan Grant
Award: up to $5000 total for one or more projects
Deadline date: December 20, 2013
Apply here:  PLA Awards Online Application
Details & criteria: http://www.ala.org/offices/ors/orsawards/fyanloletad/fyanloletad

Loleta D. Fyan, for twenty years State Librarian of Michigan, believed that every individual, regardless of residence, is equally entitled to high quality library service and that librarians must be adept in using the political process to acquire this "right of citizenship". A pioneer in extending library service to rural areas and small communities and a proponent of library cooperation, Fyan was a driving force behind LSCA funding.
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