Apply For These 4 Grants & Awards

ImageApply now for any of these grant & award funding opportunities (listed in chronological order, soonest deadline dates first):

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Summer Reading Grant
Amount awarded: up to $3000
Eligibility questionaire, that leads to the application form
Deadline: February 27, 2014
Description: "... to help with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs. Programs must target Pre-K through 12th grade students who are new readers, below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities." Use their store locator to confirm that your library is located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store in order to qualify.

Libraries Transforming Communities Public Innovator Cohort Grant
Deadline: March 6, 2014
Application form & instructions
Amount awarded: $8,000 to support Cohort expenses; an intensive 18-month Public Innovators Cohort experience that will include training and team coaching to develop and implement a community engagement plan; cohort training at the intensive three-day Public Innovators Lab, May 20-22, 2014; virtual and in-person "innovation space" meetings; access to six in-depth distance learning sessions; monthly coaching and peer dialogue calls with a Harwood Institute coach and cohort peers to support implementation work; and access to publicity and marketing resources to support local-level communications.
Description: "The Libraries Transforming Communities project addresses a critical need of the field by developing & distributing new tools, resources & support for librarians to engage with their communities in new ways, strengthens librarians as community leaders & change agents, and strengthens ALA’s capacity as a lead library support entity." A conference call for interested applicants will be held at 1pm CST on February 12, 2014.

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program for Public Libraries
Deadline: March 15, 2014
Application form Instructions, FAQ, and application tips
Amount awarded:$500
Description: “… for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community.”

Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Application form: available here on February 7, 2014
Amount awarded: $3000
Details and instructions

Lemony Snicket is the pen name of American novelist Daniel Handler, who has written several highly acclaimed children’s books. The books often feature the author appearing as a fictional character, a writer falsely accused of crimes and sought by his enemies as well as the police. Snicket himself believes that, in much the same spirit, librarians have suffered enough. Therefore, he has established the annual prize honoring a librarian who has overcome adversity. According to Snicket, it is his hope that, “The Snicket Prize will remind readers everywhere of the joyous importance of librarians and the trouble that is all too frequently unleashed upon them.” About his sponsorship of the award, Snicket said, "This seems like a better way to channel money to librarians than my previous strategy, which was incurring exorbitant late fees."