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100 Free Money Sources for Libraries
Courtesy of Matthew Lesko and Mary Ann Martello.
(Last checked 04/16/18)

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant
Deadline: February 1
Established in 1986, the grant of up to $1750 is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at state, regional, or local levels. The recipient organization is responsible for providing a final written report, which should include an itemized statement of expenses, an evaluation of the results, and suggestions for improvement. The organization is also responsible for presenting a brief oral report at the annual ALA conference following the completion of the project.
(Last checked 04/16/18)

American Library Association (ALA)
Grants Available
Current programs include:
(1) AASL ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant : The grant, up to $1,750 donated by ABC-CLIO, is given to school library media associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local levels.
(2) AASL Beyond Words: Dollar General School Library Relief Fund : Beyond Words: Dollar General school library relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund provides grants to public schools whose school library programs have been affected by a disaster.
(3) AASL Innovative Reading Grant : The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers.
(4) ALSC Bookapalooza Program : The Bookapalooza Program offers select libraries a collection of materials that will help transform their collections and provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their community in creative and innovative ways.
(5) ALSC BWI Summer Reading Program Grant : This ALSC award provides $3,000 to fund an outstanding theme-based summer reading program for children in a public library.
(6) ALSC Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award : This $4,000 award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library.
(7) Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture : The Arthur Curley Memorial Lecture is held annually at ALA Midwinter Meetings and honors ALA past president Arthur Curley.
(8) EMIERT Coretta Scott King Book Award Donation Grant : Helps build collections and bring books into the lives of children in latchkey situations, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries. An enduring message of the Task Force's Public Awareness Campaign is that books and reading can only add value to children's lives if books are present in their lives along with opportunities to read and be read to. The Coretta Scott King Task Force believes children lives must be saturated with books and reading opportunities.
(9) H. W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant : An annual award consisting of $3,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation given to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization. Donated by the H.W. Wilson Company. Deadline is December 1.
(10) Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War : The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is pleased to announce its collaboration with the National Constitution Center (NCC) in Philadelphia on a new traveling exhibit, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War." One copy of the exhibition will travel to public, academic and special libraries from mid-2009 through 2011.
(11) LLAMA Cultural Diversity Grant Guidelines : The goals of the grant program are to support the creation and dissemination of resources that will assist library administrators and managers in developing a vision and commitment to diversity, and in fostering and sustaining diversity throughout their institutions; to increase the representation and advancement of people of color in the field of library administration and management and to establish productive partnerships between LAMA and major national organizations representing minority interests; to strengthen the diversity of LAMA membership, committees, and officers and integrate diversity into all aspects of the Association's work.
(12) Loleta D. Fyan Grant : Loleta D. Fyan Grant of $10,000 is given annually to the applicant whose proposal results in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide is designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future.
(13) PLA Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award : 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.
(14) PLA Leadership Fellows Scholarship Information : PLA's newest scholarship program, PLA Leadership Fellows, offers PLA members who are public library managers a chance to attend executive leadership training at some of the best universities in the United States including Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and the Business School at Columbia University.
(15) Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant : The Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week grant will award $3,000 to a single U.S. library for the best public awareness campaign during National Library Week.
(16) Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery : The American Library Association (ALA), in cooperation with the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Office of Public Outreach, Baltimore, Maryland, and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), Cambridge, Massachusetts, invites public libraries to apply for a national tour to 40 sites of "Visions of the Universe: Four Centuries of Discovery," a traveling exhibition to mark the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) in 2009.
(17) We the People Bookshelf : The We the People Bookshelf, a collection of classic books for young readers, is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities' (NEH) We the People program, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office. Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation's heritage and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People Bookshelf.
(18) Women's National Book Association Eastman Grant : The WNBA Eastman Grant awards up to $750 to a librarian interested in learning about the relationship between the library and publishing professions. The grant is funded by the Women's National Book Association and administered by ALA Publishing Services. Application deadline is November 1.
(19) World Book Information Literacy Goal Award : Two annual awards consisting of $5,000 and a gold-framed citation of achievement to a public and school library. The World Book/ALA Information Literacy Goal Award seeks to promote exemplary information literacy programs in public and school libraries. The annual awards are designed to encourage and support innovative and effective information literacy programs in today's school and public libraries. Deadline is December 1.
(2) YALSA BWI Collection Development Grant : The BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant awards $1,000 for collection development to YALSA members who represent a public library and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18. Up to two grants will be awarded annually.
(13) YALSA Frances Henne VOYA Research Grant : The Frances Henne grant provides $1,000 of seed money for small-scale projects that will encourage research that responds to the YALSA Research Agenda.
(14) YALSA Great Books Giveaway : Each year the YALSA office receives more than 1,200 newly published children's, young adult and adult books, audiobooks, and other materials. YALSA and the cooperating publishers are offering one year's worth of review materials as a contribution to a library in need.
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American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office
Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for at-risk teens
Eligible libraries are located within or working in partnership with organizations that serve at-risk youth, such as alternative high schools, juvenile justice organizations, homeless shelters, foster care agencies, teen parenting programs, residential treatment facilities and other nonprofit and community agencies. Up to 50 grants will be awarded. Working with small groups of six to 10 teens, grantees will host reading and discussion events for each of three selected book titles. The titles — selected in consultation with librarian advisors and humanities scholars — are chosen to resonate with reluctant readers struggling with complex issues like incarceration, violence and poverty.
Visit website for full guidelines and to apply online. Applications are due Sept. 15.
(Last checked 04/16/18)

American Library Association (ALA)
Loleta D. Fyan Grant Program
Submission Deadline: January 10
Up to $5,000 total for one or more projects. A check for half the total amount of the grant (up to $2,500) will be paid within one month of the ALA Annual Conference. The remaining amount released after winner submits a 6-month report and the report is approved by chair of the Fyan Jury and Staff Liaison to the Jury. If no proposal is deemed worthy, the award may not be given. Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the American Library Association; library schools; or individuals. The project(s):
(1) must result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide;
(2) must have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need;
(3) should be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and
(4) should be capable of completion within one year.
(Last checked 04/16/18)

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
This foundation makes grants in five core program areas, including higher education and scholarship and scholarly communications and information technology. Scholarly communications covers a broad range of activities, including the discovery, collection, organization, evaluation, and preservation of primary and other sources of information. Within this area, the grantmaking has three main objectives: 1) to support libraries and archives in their efforts to preserve and provide access to materials of broad cultural and scholarly significance; 2) to assist scholars in the development of specialized resources; and 3) to strengthen the publication of humanistic scholarship and its dissemination to the widest possible audience.
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Barnes and Noble
Sponsorships and Charitable Donations
As part of our commitment to good corporate citizenship, Barnes & Noble considers local and national support requests from non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (pre-K - 12). We also consider sponsorship opportunities where we can partner with organizations that focus their core businesses on higher learning, literacy and the arts.
(Last checked 04/16/18)

Big Read grants
Guidelines and Application Instructions
Application deadline: January 28, 2015 by 4:00pm CST
The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2015 and June 2016. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enrichment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected. Follow @NEABigRead on Twitter for all the latest info and news. Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email thebigread@artsmidwest.org
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Books for Kids Foundation
The mission of the Books for Kids Foundation is to promote literacy among children, especially low-income and at-risk preschool-aged children. Books for Kids creates libraries, donates books, and partners with literacy programs to develop the critical early foundation and skills which young children need to be successful in life. The foundation offers support and training to the caregivers and teachers using libraries in the form of supplemental materials, new books, monthly tips, ideas and activities for working with children and workshops to help provide new ideas to enhance early literacy skills.
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BWI/YALSA Collection Development Grant
Deadline: December 1
This collection development grant is for YALSA members who represent a public library and work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18. Each application is judged on the basis of the degree of need for additional materials for young adults; the degree of the current collection's use; the soundness of the rationale for the selection of materials; and the quality of the description of the benefits the grant will bring to young adults. Up to two grants (in the amount of $1000 each) are awarded annually.
Also listed under ALA Grants Available
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Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was established by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 and is the company's chief source of charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $12 million in grants to non-profit organizations in Comcast communities nationwide. The Foundation primarily funds programs in the areas of literacy and reading, volunteerism, and youth leadership that create significant and measurable results.
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Council on Library and Information Resources
Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program
Deadline : April 3, 2017
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Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Deadline: September 12
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) invites applications to the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants program. This program is designed to encourage innovations in the digital humanities. Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants may involve research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities; planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries' and museums' digital assets; scholarship or studies that examine the philosophical or practical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies in specific fields or disciplines of the humanities, or in interdisciplinary collaborations involving several fields or disciplines; innovative uses of technology for public programming and education utilizing both traditional and new media; and new digital modes of publication that facilitate the dissemination of humanities scholarship in advanced academic as well as informal or formal educational settings at all academic levels.
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Dollar General
Grant Programs
Current initiatives include:
(1) Adult Literacy Grants
(2) Family Literacy Grants
(3) Youth Literacy Grants
Summer Reading Grants
(5) Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Program
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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
Mini-Grants to Libraries
Application deadline: March 31
The Foundation offers Minigrants of $500 to School and Public Libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs that will be considered include workshops, lectures, festivals, and programs targeted at parents and pre-school children. Programs relating to the author Ezra Jack Keats are welcome, but not required. Funds will not be granted for the purchase of books, tapes, software and equipment unrelated to the specific project or for the general operations, administrative costs, or transportation of the audience. Only one application will be considered from each library system or school. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation must exclusively sponsor the programs.
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First Book Donations
First Book has pioneered groundbreaking channels to provide new books and educational resources at deeply reduced prices-and for free-to schools and programs serving children in need. The foundation provides teachers and program administrators with greater purchasing power and access to high-quality books that otherwise would not be available to them.
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Funding Your Library Outreach Program
http://web.archive.org/web/20051122145757/ http://www.lili.org/forlibs/funding/outreach.htm
Advice from the Idaho State Library. Still available thanks to the Internet Archive.
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Grants.gov Search Engine
Type libraries or related terms in the search box.
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Henry Luce Foundation
The creation of new intellectual resources at colleges and universities is a central theme of this foundation's work, most of which takes place through thematic programs (e.g., American art, East Asia, or Theology) or through special initiatives. Some grants have addressed the foundation's commitment to increase America's capacity for international understanding. For example, a grant to the American Council on Education supports an Internationalization Forum of Chief Academic Officers, while a program at the Association of American Colleges and Universities encourages integration of international perspectives into the general curriculum.
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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Deadline: Various
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is an independent federal agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and learning. IMLS supports all types of museums, from art and history to science and zoos, and all types of libraries and archives, from public and academic to research and school. The newly redesigned web page offers the capability of sorting through all the grant programs/deadlines by name, by eligible institution type, and by project type.
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Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
National Leadership Grants
Deadline: February 1
Distributed by IMLS, these grants (ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000) support projects that have the potential to advance museum, library, and archival practice. The Institute also encourages grant proposals that promote the skills necessary to develop 21st century communities, citizens, and workers. Proposals should address key needs and challenges that face libraries, museums, and archives. Leadership grants are divided into four categories: Advancing Digital Resources; Research; Demonstration; and Library-Museum Collaboration Grants.
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Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS)
News Releases
Review breaking news releases on grant opportunities and other announcements.
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Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline: September 17
This program supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders; to conduct research on the library profession; and to support early career research. It also assists in the professional development of librarians and library staff. All members of the library community are invited to play an active role in ensuring that the profession is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. See program guidelines for additional information. Grant amount ranges from $50,000 to $1,000,000.
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Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries
School Library Grants
Deadline: Dec. 31
As school budgets have become stretched, school districts have had to apply their resources to programs and services other than libraries. It is not uncommon for libraries to receive funds for computers and related technology instead of books. As a result, some libraries lack up-to-date books and reference materials. One of the purposes of the Laura Bush Foundation is to help libraries find a balance between technology and contemporary print materials by providing needed funding for book purchases. Average grant $5000.
(Last checked 04/16/18)

Library Grants Available through the State of Michigan, try the Michigan Electronic Grants Administration and Management System Portal (EGrAMS).

Library Grants Blog Postings
The authors of a new book, Grants for Libraries, librarians Pam MacKellar and Stephanie Gerding, offer a free and comprehensive source for all types of library funding.
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Library of Congress Surplus Books Program
Library of Congress gives out surplus books to educational institutions, including full-time, tax-supported, or non-profit schools, school systems, colleges, universities, museums, and public libraries, public bodies (agencies of local, state, or national government), and non-profit tax-exempt organizations in the United States. An eligible organization may authorize a representative, including a person in the Washington area, to make selections on its behalf by designating, in writing, the name of the representative in a letter of introduction to the Acquisitions Fiscal & Support Office. The books are miscellaneous in character and are not organized in any systematic way, although they are arranged on shelves for on-site inspection by authorized representatives.

Library of Michigan
LSTA and Other Sources of Funding
Overview provided by the Library of Michigan.
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Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
Provides information about federal funding available through the Library of Michigan, now part of the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries. Sign up for the LSTA Listserv for the latest news.
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Libri Foundation
Deadline: January 23, May 15, and August 31
The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its Books for Children program. In order to encourage and reward local support of libraries, the Libri Foundation will match any amount of money raised by a library's local sponsor from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new children's books. After a library receives a grant,local sponsors (such as formal or informal Friends groups, civic or social organizations, local businesses, etc.) have four months, or longer if necessary, to raise their matching funds.
The librarian of each participating library selects the books her library will receive from a booklist provided by the Foundation. The 700-plus fiction and nonfiction titles on the booklist reflect the very best of children's literature published primarily in the last three years. These titles, which are for children ages 12 and under, are award-winners or have received starred reviews in library, literary, or education journals. The booklist also includes a selection of classic children's titles.
Applications are accepted from independent libraries as well as libraries which are part of a county, regional, or cooperative library system. In general, county libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children's department. Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000. A library system may also apply if all the libraries in the system meet these requirements. A school library may apply only if it also serves as the public library (i.e. it is open to the general public and during the summer).
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Lisa Libraries Foundation
The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and underserved areas. Founded in 1990, the Lisa Libraries was started by author Ann M. Martin and friends to honor and memorialize children's book editor Lisa Novak. Some of the libraries established have been at day-care centers, prison visiting areas for children of incarcerated parents, and after-school programs. The Lisa Libraries supplements underfilled shelves as well as provides books to many children who may never have owned a book before. Since its founding in 1990, Lisa Libraries has contributed over 350,000 books to nonprofit organizations across the country.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits-Education.
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Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF)
Reading Resource Project
The Reading Resource Project is an ongoing program that runs throughout the year. The program distributes books FREE of charge for literacy programs. Recipients merely pay shipping, handling, and administrative costs, which is only $0.68 per book ($68 per set of 100 books). Reading Resource Project books come in sets of 100 books per set. There will not be more than five copies of the same book in any set. Reading levels are available for Pre-K through Second Grade. Book selection and quantity is dependent upon availability, so there is no guarantee of specific titles. Books are sorted and shipped as close to a project's needs as possible, with regard to reading level and topic. Reading Resource Project books are available in a limited quantity on a first come, first served basis. Requests for quantities of less than 30 sets can be shipped within 3 to 4 weeks; larger orders may require a longer time period to fill. This offer is not available in Alaska and Hawaii.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits-Education.
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Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society (MDBAS)
Dick Johnston Award
This award, usually in the amount of $2,000, is presented at the annual fall luncheon to a public library within Oakland, Wayne, or Macomb counties for the purpose of establishing or improving a library collection.
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Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society (MDBAS)
Elaine R. Irvin Friends Award
This award, usually in the amount of $1,000, is presented at the annual fall luncheon to a Friends of the Library group within Oakland, Wayne, or Macomb counties. The grant is awarded to support a program or project which fills a significant need that impacts the library's patrons and the community.
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Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society (MDBAS)
James C. Dance Award
Offers two $2,000 grants for materials in the performing arts each year. Both public and academic libraries within the Wayne, Macomb or Oakland county area are eligible for this award intended to establish or improve a performing arts book collection or to establish and/or expand a program that advances or celebrates any of the performing arts. The Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society's Grant Committee will evaluate the applications and will present its recommendations to the Society for a final vote. Applications should be sent to Metro Detroit Book & Author Society, c/o Roy Nuffer, Schoolcraft College Library, 18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia, MI 48152-2696
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Metro-Detroit Book and Author Society (MDBAS)
Mary J. Ritter Literacy Award Grant
An award of $1000 will be presented to a literacy group at the MDBAS Spring Book and Author Luncheon. Applications should be sent to Metro Detroit Book & Author Society, c/o Roy Nuffer, Schoolcraft College Library, 18600 Haggerty Rd., Livonia, MI 48152-2696
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Michigan Center for the Book
Literary Grant Program
The Michigan Center for the Book is announcing the 2012 grant program. We will accept applications from Dec. 1, 2011 to Jan. 16, 2012 for events in 2012. The program will be very competitive this year due to funds availability. Grants are for up to $500 or up to 50% of the event budget, whichever is less. You can find the application and more information on the criteria at our website. If you have any questions, please contact me. Thank you to the Center for the Book affiliate members for funding for the grant program. For more information on funding availability and for forms, contact Michigan Center for the Book Coordinator Karren Reish at (517) 241-0021 or kreish@michigan.gov.
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Michigan Humanities Council Grants
When money is available, the MHC offers
(1) Major Grants (up to $15,000)
(2) Quick Grants (up to $500) and Planning Grants (up to $1,000)
(3) Arts & Humanities Touring Program Grants (up to 35% of expenses or $3,000)
(4) Transportation Grants
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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Grant Opportunities
Deadlines: Deadlines vary
Review web page to find out which grant programs are still active.
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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Receipt deadline : May 1
These NEH grants, up to $6000, help small and mid-sized institutions-such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities-improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, etc. All grants are awarded for a period of 18 months, although a grantee may complete a project in a shorter period of time.
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National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants
Deadline: December 1
These NEH grants support preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. NEH offers two types of grants for sustaining collections. Grants of up to $40,000 support "planning" projects, which encompass such activities as site visits, planning sessions, monitoring, testing, and project-specific research. "Implementation" grants (of up to $400,000) may be used to manage interior relative humidity and temperature by passive methods such as creating buffered spaces and housing, controlling moisture at its sources, or improving the thermal and moisture performance of a building envelope; install or re-commission heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems; install storage systems and re-house collections, etc.
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National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)
Grant Opportunities
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Native American Library Services Basic Grants
Application Deadline: March 1
Basic grants are available to support existing library operations and to maintain core library services. Applicants may choose to apply for the Education/Assessment Option in conjunction with the Basic Grant. This option provides funding for staff participation in library-related continuing education courses, training workshops, and conferences; or for the hiring of a consultant for an onsite professional library assessment. The Institute encourages libraries to use technology to bring information to people in new and interesting ways. At the same time, these grants support a range of traditional library services to ensure that users have access to all the kinds of information they need and want. Grant funds may be used to improve services to underserved communities and to persons who have difficulty using a library. They may also be used to establish or enhance electronic linkages with other libraries and service organizations, to promote the use of electronic networks, and to encourage the sharing of resources within and among communities.
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Northeast Documents Preservation Center : Funding Sources
This page gives brief descriptions of grant programs that provide funding for the preservation of paper-based collections in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and public agencies.
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Pilcrow Foundation
Rural Public Library Grants
A national non-profit public charity that provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-$400 through a local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books.
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Romance Writers of America Library Grant
Deadline: December 1
Presented by PLA and Romance Writers of America, this grant is designed 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 $4500 to be used toward the purchase of books in print and/or audio format, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses. Library must demonstrate a plan or examples for use of the funds, such as hosting a system-wide training day on the romance genre, buying romance novels for the library collection, creating Readers Advisory materials on the genre, and/or hosting romance fiction oriented programs.
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Scholastic Book Grants
Each year Scholastic donates millions of books to organizations, schools, and libraries. Donations are distributed on two levels: large-scale donations of 100,000 books and small-scale (unsolicited) donations of 500-1000 books awarded to literacy organizations that operate under sections 170 (c) or 501 (c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The goal is to ensure that each of Scholastic's book donations has a significant impact on fostering literacy and a joy of reading among the most at-risk young people and families, with a particular emphasis on inner-city and rural areas.
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Sisters in Crime Academic Research Grants
Sisters in Crime will award researchers a grant of up to $500 for the purchase of books to support research projects that contribute to our understanding of the role of women or underrepresented groups in the crime fiction genre. This may include but is not limited to research on women mystery writers, on the position of women writers in the crime fiction marketplace, or on gender, race, or ethnicity as an aspect of crime fiction.
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Snapdragon Book Foundation
Started in December, 2008 to provide funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Grants will be awarded to public, private, and experimental schools. In its first year, the foundation funded nine out of 36 applications. And last year, the number of applications jumped to 200. So far, they've awarded 17 grants totaling more than $25,000, with each award ranging from $800 to $15,000. The grant recipients have purchased a range of both fiction and nonfiction volumes from picture books to chapter books. If you're a librarian in a public, private, or experimental school that serves a low-income area, you're encouraged to apply. Hurry up. The foundation is now accepting online applications through April 15, 2012. The application form asks several open-ended questions, which are designed to encourage extended answers.
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Soros Foundations Network
As part of its commitment to bringing peace and stability worldwide, the Soros Foundations Network supports a wide range of projects. The Library Program has provided support to 150 projects to improve library automation, training, preservation and access, and services.
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State Aid Guidelines for Michigan Libraries, 2000
Prepared by Library of Michigan.
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State Library of Iowa
Funding Resources
Note that many of the programs mentioned are not limited to Iowa.
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Universal Service Rates for Schools (E-Rate)
Check this web page for the latest information from the Michigan Department of Education about the "Universal Service Discount Program for Schools and Libraries".
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Walmart Store and Sam's Club Giving Program Grants
Deadline: Dec. 31
Grants starting at $250 and up are available to communities served by Walmart or Sam's Club. Government agencies, including State, County and City agencies are eligible to apply, as are nonprofit organizations, and K-12 Public Schools/Districts, Charter Schools, Community/Junior Colleges, State Colleges and Universities. Please review the giving guidelines for eligibility. Applications are available at your local Walmart Store or Sam's Club.
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Web Resources for Tribal Libraries
This site provides links to potential funding sources for North American Indian tribal libraries. A tribal library may be public, academic, school, or special, such as archival or museum.
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Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the Foundation is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants generally range from $2,000 to $10,000. Requests may be submitted at any time and are reviewed by the Foundation’s Board on a rolling basis. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online Donation Request Form.
Also listed under Grants for Nonprofits: Libraries
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The books mentioned on this page are available for public use in the Michigan State University Libraries. If you are unable to visit our library, consider visiting a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner in your home state or a local public library in your home town. If the books are not available there, ask about interlibrary loan or visit a local bookstore to find out whether they can be purchased.

The ALA Book of Library Grant Money / edited by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell. Chicago : American Library Association, 2014. 9th edition, 348pp. Funding Center (1 East) Z683.2.U6 A43 2014
Using this guide, librarians, fundraisers, and researchers will find quick, convenient access to information on the most likely funding sources for libraries, including private foundations, corporate foundations, corporate direct givers, government agencies, and library and nonprofit organizations.

COLLABORATIVE GRANT-SEEKING : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR LIBRARIANS / Bess G. de Farber. 2016. 147pp. Funding Center (1 East) Z683.2.U6 D38 2016 : A collaborative approach to grant seeking can stimulate and reshape the culture of your library organization. The exciting and rewarding activities of developing a successful grants program can yield enormous dividends for the benefit of your staff, patrons, and community. Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians will share new insights for those who want to access grant funding without reinventing the wheel. Based on years of practical grant writing and collaboration development experience, this resource provides a complete guide for setting up a library grant-seeking program, and for combining forces with community partners to increase grant funding to libraries. Venturing into the grants world can be scary and unpredictable. This book offers detailed strategies and practical steps to establish a supportive and collaborative environment that creates the capacity to consistently develop fundable proposals, and gives readers the confidence needed to make grant-seeking activities commonplace within libraries. Collaborative Grant Seeking will share featured topics unavailable in other grant writing publications, such as: (1)interpreting sponsor guidelines, (2) identifying appropriate funding programs, (3) determining the feasibility of project ideas, (4) asset-based (vs. need-based) proposal development strategies, (5) actual examples of successful and unusual library projects, (6) initiating and sustaining collaborative relationships.

GO GET THAT GRANT! : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR LIBRARIES AND NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. Gail M. Staines. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2010. 117pp. Funding Center (1 East) Z683.2.U6 S73 2010
In these tough economic times, funding opportunities have decreased, while competition for money has increased. Thus, this how-to guide is a must for anyone interested in writing, procuring, and implementing grants. Designed for libraries and nonprofit organizations, Go Get That Grant! includes information about the types of grants available through government agencies and foundations, as well as how to locate funding opportunities....From gathering basic information about an organization through accepting and implementing grants, Gail Staines provides step-by-step expert advice, numerous examples, and proven writing strategies. She also explains the processes of identifying fundable projects and selecting potential sources of funding....This volume also contains several appendixes with samples of strategic plans, narratives, budgets, needs assessments, evaluations, and much more. As securing funds becomes increasingly difficult, this current and effective book will prove enormously useful.

GRANTS FOR LIBRARIES : A GUIDE TO PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FUNDING PROGRAMS AND PROPOSAL WRITING TECHNIQUES. Emmett Corry. Littleton, Co. : Libraries Unlimited, 1986. 343pp. Funding Center (1 East) Z683 .C754 1986
A detailed and efficient reference book about both governmental and foundation granting agencies, grant programs, and grant procedures for all types of libraries and library agencies. It is also a useful handbook for both would-be grant recipients and granting agency staff.

GRANTS FOR LIBRARIES : A HOW-TO-DO-IT MANUAL AND CD-ROM FOR LIBRARIANS. Stephanie K. Gerding and Pamela H. MacKellar. New York : Neal-Schumann, 2006. Funding Center (1, East) Z683.2.U6 G47 2006; CD is located in MSU Digital/Multimedia Center CD-ROM, 4 WEST Z683.2.U6 G47 2006 CD-ROM
As libraries cope with budget cuts and shortages, many institutions are turning to grants as means for funding new initiatives and sustaining services. This practical how-to -- authored by two experts with in-depth knowledge and practical experience--outlines the grant-writing process and provides a proven step-by-step strategy for getting your grant. Chapters cover preliminary planning; defining the project; forming the writing team; choosing the best type of funder (government, foundation, corporate, and local organizations) to approach; and more. Core coverage focuses on writing and submitting the proposal including thorough explanation and examples the title sheet, cover letter, table of contents, overview, description, needs, methodology, timeline, budget, evaluation, and more. Additional sections explain how applicants should follow-up on their submission and what to do when your funding is approved. The CD-ROM includes a sample grant template that you can individualize and reproduce for your own grants, as well as model long range plans that can be modified and included in proposals. More than 15 successful grant stories from a variety of institutions and for various funding purposes are also on this invaluable CD for you to model, adapt, or incorporate into your own winning proposals.

GRANTS FOR SCHOOL LIBRARIES. Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis and Ann Jerabek. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2003. xi, 197pp. Funding Center (1 East) Z683.2.U6 H35 2003
Directed to securing federal and state grants, the book covers grantsmanship issues and proposal development for programs in grades K-12. Attention is paid to planning and project design, budget development, evaluation, and other essentials for a complete application. Numerous worksheets are provided, and advice for the post-submission period is also included. With glossary, bibliographical references and index.

LEGACIES FOR LIBRARIES : A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO PLANNED GIVING. Amy Sherman Smith and Matthew D. Lehrer. Chicago, Il. : American Library Association, 2000. 138pp. Funding Center (1 East) Z683.2.U6 S64 2000
Explains the various elements of planned giving, tax implications, marketing, and stewardship. Differentiates the major types of charitable giving vehicles, and gives examples. Recommends establishing an advisory board, and details the role of this group.

LIBRARIAN'S HANDBOOK FOR SEEKING, WRITING, AND MANAGING GRANTS Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis ... [et al.] Santa Barbara, Calif. : Libraries Unlimited, c2011. 313pp. Funding Center (1 East) HD69.P75 L533 2011
As times get tougher, grants become increasingly important to librarians seeking to maintain and expand facilities, programs, and resources. Unfortunately, tough times also mean tighter money and more hands reaching for the grants that do exist. Fortunately, there are things that can be done to enhance your institution's chances of getting the funds it needs....A comprehensive book that covers the full spectrum of the grant process, Librarian's Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants is designed to provide all the information necessary for librarians and educators to become effective members of grant-development and management teams. Written in an easy-to-understand, succinct format, it will be invaluable even for those with little or no background knowledge and regardless of the size or type of library or information center.... Recognizing that grants are developed through a sequential process, the volume focuses on the fundamental components of grant planning, grant writing, and grant management. Readers will learn to identify potential federal and state funding sources, organize and manage the proposal development process, do research, and establish and encourage participation on local development teams. They will also learn about specific aspects of grant management, such as budget and finance monitoring; hiring; research compliance and policies; sub-agreements and partnership forms; and reporting requirements

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RESEARCHING PROSPECIVE DONORS : GET MORE FUNDING FOR YOUR LIBRARY. Susan Summerfield Hammerman. Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014. 158pp. Funding Center (1 East) Z683.5.U6 .H36 2014
Individuals, not government sources or foundations, are the largest source of giving in the United States. Right now your community has individuals ready to become enthusiastic donors to your library. But how do you find the most likely prospective donors? Hammerman, a successful prospect researcher, gives libray directors, fundraisers, and board members all the tools they need to researach individuals and their wealth. This straight-talking guidebook:
(1) Describes how to identify and research prospects using existing or easy-to-find resources, including publicly available information on individuals' wealth and assets
(2) Spells out what information about a prospect is most important, such as previous charitable donations, hobbies, interests, and memberships in clubs or other organizations
(3) Provides worksheets to document findings so the research can be used effectively for fundraising
(4) Shows how to establish a confidentiality policy and securely store information on prospects
(5) Includes an annotated bibliography of fundraising resources This book will enable your library to identify the best donors and potential donors in your community.

WINNING LIBRARY GRANTS : A GAME PLAN. Herbert B. Landau. Chicago : American Library Association, 2011. 176pp. Funding Center (1 East) Z683.2.U6 L36 2011
Tightening budgets and ever-shrinking sources for funding have made winning grants more important than ever before. But where should a library grant novice begin? Right here, of course. Herbert B. Landau, the author of The Small Public Library Survival Guide and an experienced marketer and manager, offers a practical and comprehensive manual that guides you through grant fundamentals. His game plan will help you
(1) Find relevant funders by analyzing eligibility criteria;
(2) Write and prepare grant applications using the winning examples included, and evaluate outcomes to pave the way for success with future proposals; and
(3) Increase your chances for success by using additional tactics, such as pre- and post-submission marketing, to "sell" your institution to a funder.
Whether you're a newbie taking on the process for the first time or an experienced administrator looking to shore up finances, this book will help you find the dollars your library needs.


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