3 Grants & Prizes You Can Apply for This Month

These three opportunities are listed in chronological order, soonest deadline first.

Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant
Amount: $1000
Deadline to apply: 11:59pm CST on 15 February 2018
Application form (note: it's just 8 questions)

The grant will be awarded to an individual on an annual basis to provide monetary support (up to $1,000) to participate in continuing educational event(s) to keep current in his/her career field.
Monies may be used to participate in continuing professional development event(s) offered by the American Library Association (ALA), an ALA-related unit or association, State Library Associations, ASTD, the American Management Association (AMA), or any other Learn RT Board approved activity/event. Grant monies will be available to the recipient during a twelve-month period spanning from one ALA Annual Conference to the next.
Grant funds can be used to cover registration, travel, lodging, or other expenses related to the event. Documentation/receipts will be required prior to payment. If the recipient is participating in a ALA or ALA-related event, monies will be transferred internally instead of being paid to the recipient. Recipient must be an active member of the sponsoring organization hosting the conference/event if the registration fee is higher for non-members. Any un-used grant monies can be applied to other events as long as it meets the above criteria - funds un-used funds at the end of the award period will be forfeited.

National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize
Amount: $10,000
Deadline to apply: 10:59pm CST on 28 February 2018
Application form and criteria

Applicants should:

  • Apply for an existing program/project/initiative with evidence of success — as Innovations in Reading is a prize and not a grant, the goal is to reward work already underway, encouraging it to continue and/or expand.
  • Focus on reading, and not exclusively literacy skills
  • Demonstrate innovation in mission, approach, and/or audience/community served
  • Share the National Book Foundation’s mission to expand the audience for literature in America

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant
Amount: $500
Deadline to apply: 10:59pm CST on 31 March 2018
Application form and instructions

Make sure your program follows these guidelines:

  • provides an enriched learning experience
  • is supported solely by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
  • costs $500 or less
  • is offered free of charge
  • is implemented during the summer or school year following receipt of the Mini-Grant

Successful programs have included a public story walk … a multicultural portrait project … a school garden … bookmaking … puppetry … and intergenerational storytelling. See more examples in our Great Mini-Grant Programs gallery. Please use these as a starting point: We encourage new ideas.
Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians in public schools and libraries across the country.