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
Deadline to apply: 10:59pm CST on 28 February 2018
Application form and criteria
- 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
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.