Earn $3500 with this STEM Rural Gateways Grant

ImageApplications are open for Rural Gateways grants for librarians in rural public libraries who are interested in providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programming for adults. 

The project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, will build your capacity to plan and facilitate science-based library programs. The library programs use videos and popular books to engage audiences and promote discussion.The professional development will include interactive webinars, online learning materials, peer support, and video case studies of similar adult STEM programs.

Participating libraries will receive program materials, a planning guide, marketing and promotional templates, up to $3,500, and an avenue for new patrons to find your library.

Communities will receive a series of engaging, thought-provoking programs and find another reason to love their local library!

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2016.
Eligibility: Rural library staff interested in bringing STEM learning opportunities to their communities. Limited to one staff person per library facility. 110 U.S. public libraries will be chosen to participate.
Get all the details here: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Application: fill out this form

There are only 18 questions on the application form; here are a few answers you'll want to have ready when you fill out the form:

  • Briefly describe your library. Please include number of staff, number of branches, description of your typical patrons.
  • Describe your community. Please include information about local organizations, businesses, clubs, colleges and schools.
  • How do you expect your library and community to benefit from this grant?
  • Population of the service area of your library system:
  • Population of the service area of your facility.
  • Distance to metro area:
  • Median income for your library's service area:
  • Describe your library's use of local media outlets to promote services and programs. Include any newspaper, tv, radio, newsletters, or social media (e.g. library Twitter, Facebook and number of followers).
  • Describe your experience with programming at your library:

Hat tip: Terrie Howe's post in the WI Public Library Services & Programs Google community