Grants & Funding

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Public Libraries Eligible for up to $500,000 in Grant Funds through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Public libraries may be eligible to receive up to $500,000 in grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The funds, which are being administered through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program, can be used to build new or improve library facilities, as well as enhance library services including internet access. Details USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program Various

Broadband Funding. The Recovery Act appropriated $7.2 billion and directed the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved communities across the U.S., increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic benefits.

The result is the RUS Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) and the NTIA Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

BIP will make loans and grants for broadband infrastructure projects in rural areas. BTOP will provide grants to fund broadband infrastructure, public computer centers and sustainable broadband adoption projects. Details
USDA Rural Utilities Service / NTIA Various

Innovative Educators Award. PBS Teachers is looking to award PreK-12 Library Media Specialists/Technology Coordinators who are "Innovative Educators." Details PBS 03/12/2010

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants By awarding relatively small grants to support the planning stages, NEH aims to encourage the development of innovative projects that promise to benefit the humanities. Proposals should be for the planning or initial stages of digital initiatives in any area of the 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 that examines the philosophical implications and impact of the use of emerging technologies; 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. Innovation is a hallmark of this grant category. Details The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 3/23/2010

To encourage use of Let's Talk About: Picturing America and the Picturing America collection the ALA Public Programs Office and NEH are offering programming grants of $2,000 to 30 public libraries. All public libraries who received the Picturing America collection are eligible to apply. Details ALA and NEH 03/30/2010

Smart Growth: Action Grants. Education and coalition building are hallmarks of successful smart growth efforts. The grants can be used to further activities to develop a community vision through a community planning workshop or joining a coalition that is working toward a similar community vision. Additionally, starting in 2009, grant funds may be used to support green building activities, such as working with state or local officials to develop green building/energy efficiency policies for your community. Details National Association of Realtors 4/3/2010 and

2010 Native American Library Services Enhancement Grants Program. Grants of up to $150,000 will be awarded to Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages working to improve existing library services or implement new services, particularly those relating to the goals of the Library Services and Technology Act. Details Institute of Museum and Library Services 05/3/2010

Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation. The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation provides literacy and education grants to support children in summer reading programs, early childhood education programs, and special needs literacy programs. Details Build-a-Bear Workshop  5/30/2010 and 9/30/2010

The Walmart Foundation Giving Program awards grants at the state, regional and national levels for programs that give individuals access to a better life. The program provides grants of $25,000 and up in the following categories: Education grants support programs that address the educational needs of underserved young people, ages 12-30. Job Skills Training grants promote professional training, counseling, and support services to help people improve their work-related skills. Health grants strive to improve access to healthcare and promote healthy lifestyles. Environmental Sustainability grants support programs that are designed to help people become more sustainable as well as programs that enhance the environment. Details Walmart Foundation 08/20/2010

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program for Public Schools and Public Libraries offers minigrants for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Details Ezra Jack Keats Foundation 9/15/2010

Cultural Diversity Grant. 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. Details ALA/LLAMA 12/1/2010

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. Details ALA/H.W. Wilson 12/1/2010