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Mon, Apr 15, 2019 @ 11:04 AM / by Stephanie Heiland

Library WeekFrom free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.  As we celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers during National Library Week April 7- 13, check out these great grant opportunities and funding resources available through libraries and to support libraries in our communities.

 American Association of School Librarians

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offers a number of grants, awards, and scholarships for school libraries and school librarians throughout the U.S.

 American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world.  A number of grant, fellowship, scholarship and award programs related to library sciences and media are offered through ALA.

 B.S. Breslauer Foundation

This Foundation awards grants to libraries and not-for-profit institutions that collect rare books and manuscripts and are domiciled in the United States and to U.S. affiliates of foreign institutions that constitute "Charitable Organizations" under the Internal Revenue Code.  Requests are accepted for funding of major acquisitions of manuscripts, printed books and bookbindings.

 Lois Lenski Lovey Foundation

Dedicated to advancing literacy and fostering a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth, this Foundation offers bookmobile grants ranging from $500 to $3000 and literacy program grants for innovative and effective literacy programs that serve children from disadvantaged populations in the following regions: the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay, CA, areas; greater Baltimore, MD; New York City; and Philadelphia, PA, and the surrounding areas.

The Foundation is interested in literacy programs that engage children in activities that foster a lifelong love of reading or writing.  Programs can take a variety of forms and can take place in a variety of environments, including classrooms, after-school settings, community centers, libraries, or other public spaces, or in the home.

Support is provided for new or existing programs, and for general operating support. First-time grants generally do not exceed $10,000.

 H.W. Wilson Foundation

This Foundation primarily provides support for libraries and programs associated with libraries.  Support for higher education institutions offering advanced library science degrees, including scholarship programs for library science students is also provided.  The average grant is $10,000.

 In addition, see this blog written by a Champagne, IL Business Specialist Librarian on tips and resources to locate grants and other funding sources through your community library.


If you’re looking for library-related grants or just need help knowing where to start, contact us.  We can help!

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