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

NASA is offering free space artifacts to museums attended by the public and free libraries serving all residents of a community, district, state, or region. Details NASA No deadline

Dollar General is offering up to $5,000 to assist school libraries or media centers.
Dollar General No deadline

Office Depot's product donation program is managed by Gifts In Kind International, the world's leading charity in product philanthropy. Each of Office Depot's retail stores, distribution centers and warehouses is matched to a nonprofit organization that helps children. On a regular basis, each Office Depot location makes a donation of products (supplies, furniture, business machines, etc.) to its matched charity.
Our ongoing Product Donation Program enables Office Depot to place its donated products in the hands of thousands of children's charities across the nation.
Office Depot / Gifts in Kind No deadline

Barnes & Noble considers local and national support requests from non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (pre-K through 12). They also consider sponsorship opportunities where we can partner with organizations that focus their core businesses on higher learning, literacy and the arts. Details Barnes & Noble No deadline

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (DUC) distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide. Details Distribution to Underserved Communities No deadline

RGK Foundation awards a wide variety of grants that fulfill their mission in the following areas: Education, Community, and Medicine/Health. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to nonprofit organizations. Details RGK Foundation No deadline

First Book is a nonprofit organization that annually provides millions of books to schools and programs serving children from low-income families. Register today to connect your program or school to First Book's resources. Details First Book No deadline

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. Standard Awards are offered for up to $60,000; Express Awards are offered for up to $10,000. Details The National Library of Medicine April 19

The Improving Literacy through School Libraries (LSL) program helps LEAs improve reading achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and professionally certified school library media specialists. Details US Dept of Education April 20

The Lawrence Foundation gives grants to environmental, educational, and human services programs. Eligible organizations include public schools, libraries, and nonprofits that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Details Lawrence Foundation April 30 and October 31

Reading is essential to a child's learning process. That's why Target awards grants to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations to support programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Together we're fostering a love of reading and encouraging children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families. Details Target April 30

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

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions help small and mid-sized institutions, such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities, improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. Awards of up to $6000 support preservation related collection assessments, consultations, training and workshops, and institutional and collaborative disaster and emergency planning. Details National Endowment for the Humanities May 18, 2010

Back to School Literacy Grant. Books and small libraries donated to nonprofits that work with kids in under-served areas. Details Lisa Libraries Foundation May 21, 2010

The Libri Foundation works with the library's Friends of the Library or other local organizations because we believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries. The Friends, or other local sponsors, can contribute from $50 to $350 which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through the Foundation's BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. Details Libri Foundation July 15, December 15

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

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