Grants

Grants


American Dream Literacy Initiative Grant - Deadline: Friday, January 29, 2021
Focus
Literacy
Target
Public
Notes

The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Up to 16 grants of $5,000 each will be awarded. Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office.

 

Find more information on the ALA website.

AASL Research Grant - Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021
Focus
Excellence in Manuscripts
Target
School
Notes

Monetary Amount: Three papers will be selected and each author will receive a $350 grant

 

The AASL Research Grant recognizes excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent and recurring challenge in the field of school librarianship. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), through the Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS), will invite submissions of papers on original research with this focus.

Additional information about the grant is available on the AASL Website.

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant - Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021
Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. Every year, in the process of choosing the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honor books, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association receives multiple copies of over 100 titles by African American authors and illustrators.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools, underfunded libraries, and other community organizations.

The deadline for applications will be on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 at 4 p.m. CST.

Find more information on the ALA website.

IHLS Surplus Vehicles Grant - Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021
Focus
community outreach and mobile services
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) is retiring five (5) well-cared-for surplus delivery vans at the end of 2020. To further portions of our mission, including supporting member libraries of all types in providing quality library services, facilitating access to shared resources, promoting innovation, and developing community partnerships, IHLS plans to grant these vehicles to member libraries to assist in their community outreach projects, especially those that expand Wi-Fi access within their communities.

Up to five awards will be granted, with recipients being transferred ownership of one or more IHLS surplus cargo van(s). Vehicles are to be used for the development or expansion of mobile library services and outreach.

Applying libraries must be public, school, academic, or special library members of IHLS.

The online application will close at the end of the day on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.

For more information and apply, please view the full IHLS Surplus Vehicles Grant criteria on the IHLS website.

 

 

 

Innovative Reading Grant (AASL) - Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021
Focus
Childrens Programming
Target
School
Notes

Monetary Amount: $2,500

 

The American Association of School Libraries (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.

Eligibility: Applicant must be personal member of AASL.

Additional information about the grant is available on the AASL Website.

Inspire Special Event Grant (AASL) - Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021
Focus
Special Events, Extracurricular Activities
Target
School
Notes

Monetary Amount: up to $2,000

 

The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) grant opportunity supports a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school. The goal is to provide direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would create new or enhance educational activities in order to engage students with and in the library and to promote reading, books, literacy and authors. 

The fund is $10,000 per annum. The direct assistance is capped at $2,000 per grant.

Additional information about the grant is available on the AASL Website.

McCusker Professional Development Grant (AISLE) - Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2021
Focus
continuing education
Target
School
Notes

The Association of Illinois School Library Educators (AISLE) McCusker Professional Development Grant is designed to provide financial assistance to AISLE members who wish to participate in professional workshops, conferences and coursework related to the school library media profession each year.

A total of $2000 in McCusker Professional Development Grants will be awarded each year. If all funds are not expended in the initial grant cycle, a second reading date will be announced.

Applicants must be a current member of AISLE.

Additional information about the grant is available on the AISLE website.

Libraries Transform Communities: Engagement Grant (ALA) - Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021
Focus
community engagement
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

Deadline: Friday, Feb.5, 2021

 

The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant is an annual grant to recognize, promote, and support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students, or local organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community.

 

For the 2020–2021 cycle, libraries are invited to submit applications for a community engagement project that focuses on anti-racism. One library will be selected to receive $2,000 to continue or expand its anti-racism community engagement efforts.

 

Find more information on the ALA website.

 

Peggy Barber Tribute Grant (ALA) - Deadline: Friday, February 5, 2021
Focus
humanities programming
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Peggy Barber Tribute Grant 

Deadline: February 5, 2021

 

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader responsible for the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series.

The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant supports meaningful programs in libraries with limited programming budgets. Up to three grants of $2,500 will be awarded.

 

The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant will support a different type of library programming each year. This year, libraries are invited to submit applications in support of humanities-based programming. The funding may be used to continue an existing program or create a new one.

 

Applicants must have a personal or institutional membership with either the American Library Association OR the Association for Rural & Small Libraries.

 

Find more information on the ALA website.

 

Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries - Deadline: Sunday, February 7, 2021
Focus
Graphic Novels and Programming
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) of ALA and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation announced the opening of the 2021 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries grant cycle. These grants recognizes libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature and awards funds and resources for graphic novel collection development and programming.

 

Through these grants the GNCRT and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation seek to continue to extend graphic novels into new realms by encouraging public awareness about the rise and importance of graphic literature and honoring the legacy and creative excellence of Will Eisner. For a career that spanned nearly eight decades — from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics — Will Eisner is recognized as the “Champion of the Graphic Novel.”

Each winning library will receive a grant award of $4,000 to support initiatives that align with the objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries. The grant award will consist of the following: 

  • $2,000 grant to purchase graphic novels from the distributor-partner (current partner is Diamond Comics Distributors),
  • $1,000 grant to host a graphic novel-themed event at a library or another community location, and
  • $1,000 grant to attend the ALA Annual Conference to receive their grant money.  This grant can be used towards any of the following: conference registration, transportation, lodging and food.

In addition, from the book publishers and the Eisner Foundation, the winning libraries will also receive the following graphic novels, valued at approximately $3,000:

  • The Will Eisner Library: A graphic novel collection of Will Eisner’s work and biographies about Will Eisner* (comprising approximately 75 books)
  • A selection of the winning titles from the current year’s Will Eisner Awards* at Comic-Con International (comprising approximately 100 books).

 

For more information, and to apply, visit the website: http://www.ala.org/rt/gncrt/eisner

 

'Game On!' Grants - Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021
Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association is proud to sponsor its annual grant program to enable libraries to develop gaming programs or collections for their patrons. Through the Game On! grants $500.00 will be available to be awarded either as one grant of $500 or two of $250 each to assist a library or libraries in developing gaming programs or collections for their communities.

ALA members in good standing currently employed at a public, school, academic or special library are eligible to apply. Libraries will need to illustrate a plan for a sustainable gaming program created with the funds as well as financial need and institutional support for the proposed program.

The application period will take place from January 1 to March 1 of each year, and the grant winner will be announced at GameRT’s “ALA Play” event at ALA Annual conference, or online should that event be impacted by COVID-19. 

"2021 will be a challenging year for many libraries  — tasked with finding new, creative ways to serve our patrons during a pandemic while also facing unprecedented budget and staffing cuts. While we ardently believe gaming in libraries is more important than ever right now, GameRT also recognizes that funding gaming collections or programs may not be a top priority. We are thrilled to be able to offer this grant for a second year in a row." said GameRT President Jessica Parij.

Additional information and an application can be found at http://www.ala.org/rt/gamert/game-grants.

 

Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant - Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021
Focus
continuing education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Pat Carterette Professional Development Grant

DEADLINE: March 1, 2021

 

The American Library Association (ALA) Learning Round Table (LRT) will award up to $1,000 to an individual to participate in continuing education event(s) between September 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022.

Grant funds can be used to cover registration, travel, lodging, or other expenses related to the event.

The award recipient will be required to share their new learning with other Round Table members in some way (newsletter, blog, listserve, etc.).  This opportunity is open to everyone! You do NOT have to be an ALA member to apply.

For more information about terms and conditions, please visit the ALA grant website.

Focus
Small and Rural Libraries
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the second funding round of its Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grants, that will distribute an additional $1.4 million to libraries.

Up to 450 grants will be awarded in Round 2 of ALA’s community engagement funding initiative. Library workers may apply online for grant funding by March 4 at ala.org/LTC.

Participating libraries will receive training in how to lead conversations, a skill vital to 21st-century librarianship. Library workers will complete a free ALA e-course on basic facilitation skills; host at least one conversation with community members on a chosen topic; and receive $3,000 to support community engagement efforts. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, including staff time and collections and technology purchases.

The first 200 grant recipients — public, academic, school and tribal libraries — represent 43 states. View the full list.

The opportunity is open to libraries serving small and/or rural communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines small communities as those with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and rural communities as those more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is offered in partnership with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).

Find more information and apply on the ALA website.

 

Focus
Library Services
Target
Public
Notes

The FY2021 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant application is a series of questions to determine the status of the library in relationship to “Serving Our Public 4.0 Standards for Illinois Public Libraries.”  Review the checklist at the end of each chapter to navigate the application and evaluate if the library meets, is making progress towards meeting, or does not meet each standard. 

 

To be eligible for the Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant, a public library shall show that it provides library services which either meet or show progress towards meeting the Illinois Library Standards as most recently approved by the Illinois Library Association. 75 Illinois Compiled Statutes 10/8.1 (1). 

 

FY2021 grant information and application can be found at: 

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/plpc_equalization.html

 

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

 

If you have questions, contact the Illinois State Library: email percap-grant@ilsos.gov or 1-800-665-5576 extension 2.

2021 Historical Records Grant Program - Deadline: Monday, March 22, 2021
Focus
Historical Records
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB), using funding from National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), is offering grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois historical records keepers to develop and/or carry out projects that show commitment to developing and/or implementing projects that will lead to enhanced online access. These projects may include creating online finding aids, digitizing records and placing the digital content online, making an inventory of records or properly storing the records with the goal of preparing them for future online access, or placing information about the records on a blog, wiki page or Facebook. Information about this grant program is listed below.

 

Grant Amounts and Requirements

Minimum grant request: $500

Maximum grant request: $5,000

All grants require a one-to-one ($1 for $1) in-kind and/or cash match

 

Application Period: January 25, 2021 – March 22, 2021

All grant projects will run for one year beginning July 1, 2021.

 

Guidelines and Application Form: The grant guidelines which includes the application form is available on-line at https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/ISHRAB/grants.html or you may request the guidelines be mailed to you. The application must be printed, filled out, and mailed. It cannot be submitted on-line.

 

For tips on writing an IHSRAB grant application, please see our Five Tips for Writing a Successful ISHRAB Grant Proposal: https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/ard169.pdf

 

The Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board is made up of representatives from different archives, museums, universities and libraries from around the state and seeks to facilitate cooperation among historical records depositories and other information agencies within Illinois. The Illinois State Archives serves as the coordinator of the ISHRAB.

Robert P. Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff - Deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Focus
Support Staff
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Robert P. Doyle ILA Conference Grant for Support Staff 

The purpose of this grant is to encourage ILA membership and support staff attendance at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference.

The grant is open to support staff working in all types of libraries, who may nominate themselves or others. The recipient will receive a one-year ILA membership, full registration to attend the ILA Annual Conference, and a framed certificate

The nomination deadline is March 31, 2021.

 

Additional information about the grant is available on the ILA website.

2021 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant (ALA) - Deadline: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Focus
international initiatives
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The International Relations Roundtable is calling for proposals for its 2021 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant. This grant was established by the IRRT to fund member-initiated proposals for international activities and initiatives which contribute to ALA’s role in international librarianship. Goals for the funding of proposals are to promote international projects or partnerships, to promote global dialogue about librarianship, to increase visibility of international librarianship, and to increase international collaboration in librarianship.

The grant amount varies up to a maximum of $1,000.  Examples of proposals might be (but are not limited to):

  • Support for travel that is necessary to advance an international project or partnership
  • Funds to support Sister Library initiatives
  • Funds to support the development and distribution of training or publicity materials in support of an international initiatives

The grant will not support purchase of books or materials for a specific library, conference travel not tied to a funded initiative, or volunteer work for an established program.  In general money for travel will be applied to in-country travel (this may include lodging, transportation, etc. when an individual works on a project in another country or when an individual brings a librarian from other country on the project in U.S.).

Proposals must be submitted by current IRRT members in good standing (two or more years). Only one proposal per year may be submitted by individual members.  Proposals are due by March 15, 2021. Individuals submitting nominations will be notified of a decision before May 15, 2021

To apply, and see detailed criteria for proposals, visit http://www.ala.org/rt/irrt-mission-enhancement-grant

 

 

Public Library Construction Act Grant - Deadline: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Focus
Construction
Target
Public
Notes

The Office of the Secretary of State and the Illinois State Library are charged with administering two public library construction programs: the Live and Learn Construction Grant Program, and the Public Library Construction Act Grant Program. Each program operates under a separate set of rules unique to the statutory charge of the program, and each is applied for individually. A library cannot apply for both programs in the same award year.

Public Library Construction Act Grant Program

  • Funded by the sale of state bonds.
  • Appropriate for libraries that are interested in major construction and remodeling projects.
  • Grant awards will be no greater than 75% and no less than 35% of the recognized eligible project costs as determined by the Illinois State Library.
  • These awards are based on each individual library’s Grant Index which is calculated using a mathematical formula included in the legislation.
  • The remaining project costs will be a local responsibility.
  • Legislation that authorized this program was P.A. 96-37.
  • Applications are due June 15 and must be submitted electronically to construct-grant@ilsos.gov.

For more information about this public library construction grant program, visit the Public Library Construction Act Grant Program website.

Aldi Smart Kids - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Smart, healthy kids
Target
Public, School, Special
Notes

From the Aldi's website--

As your headquarters for Simply Smarter Shopping, we’re all about extending our ‘simply smarter’ philosophy to local communities. That’s why we established the ALDI Smart Kids Program, which provides funding and gift cards to organizations that promote kids being active and healthy.

Being a smart grocer goes beyond the groceries – we’re passionate about making a positive impact in our communities. So whether your mission is to support kids through education, arts, athletics or any other program that inspires them to be active and healthy, we say kudos to you and encourage you to apply for support from the ALDI Smart Kids program.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here.

Amazon - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Requests for donations
Target
School
Notes

From the Amazon website--

Thanks for your interest in Amazon!   We’re thrilled to support many different 501(c)(3) organizations and schools in communities where our employees live and work. With the number of worthy requests received, we do not accept unsolicited donations requests. However, if you would like to share your work with us please email donationrequests@amazon.com and we’ll get back to you within 10 business days if we’re able to support your organization. Thank you for considering Amazon as a supporter, and we appreciate your commitment to making an impact in our community.

AmazonSmile - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Non-profit organizations
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by our customers.

For additional information, and to register for the program, follow this link

Ameren Cares - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Youth and Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Ameren website:

The Ameren Cares program connects Ameren with the communities it serves through charitable giving. A key focus of Ameren Cares is to partner with nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life of people living in Ameren's service territory. Ameren donates to non-profit organizations in Missouri and central and southern Illinois each year that are located within our service area. Our contributions target support for causes associated with: Environment, Youth and Education, Civic and Community, Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture. 

For additional information, please visit the website at https://www.ameren.com/illinois/company/community/grants

Banterra Banks - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Community support
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Banterra website:  At Banterra, we understand the importance of service and taking care of our community. That's probably because we understand that our business is about relationships, meeting customers needs, and doing what we can to improve our neighborhoods.

While limited, we can often help with sponsorships, donations or volunteers for charity and community events. If interested, fill out a sponsorship or donation form and return it to your local branch for consideration.

To find the mentioned form, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on "donation".

Focus
Collection development following disaster
Target
School
Notes

From the ALA website:

Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the ALA website at http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/beyond-words

Community and Education Grants - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Fine Arts
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Decatur Area Arts Council website:

The Decatur Area Arts Council grants program supports and promotes arts events and creative arts learning experiences. The DAAC service area includes all of Macon County, and the communities of Assumption, Clinton, Moweaqua, Pana and Taylorville. 

The applicant organizations must be registered as a not-for-profit organization, such as:

• Municipal agencies or units of government
• Pre-schools and K-12 schools
• School cultural groups or parent organizations
• Colleges and universities
• Shelter/mental health facilities
• Hospitals and nursing homes
• Religious organizations
• Arts organizations
• Community organizations

Grant applications are reviewed three times a year.
Deadlines are October 1, February 1, and May 1.
Your project must start 30 days or more after the requested deadline

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the DAAC website at http://www.decaturarts.org/grants/

Costco Wholesale - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Children, Education, Health, Human Services
Target
Public
Notes

Costco's giving is focused on Children, Education and Health and Human Services. Their grants are generally program or event based. Applicants must be IRS 501(c)(3) non profit organizations in the markets where they do business. Most friends or library foundations with 501c3 status would qualify, but not individual schools or government-run libraries.

 

For additional information, please click here.

Focus
Digital skills programming
Target
School
Notes

From the Donors Choose website:

How does it work?

  1. This Classroom Rewards opportunity is only for school librarians.
  2. Teach a lesson from either Google Applied Digital Skills or Google CS First to 20+ of your students.
    1. Click here for instructions on how to receive Classroom Rewards for Applied Digital Skills. Applied Digital Skills is recommended for high school students.
    2. Click here for instructions on how to receive Classroom Rewards for CS First. CS First is recommended for middle school students.
  3. Fill out the completion survey. Please note, this completion survey will be shared with members of the DonorsChoose.org and Google teams.
  4. We will send you a $300 DonorsChoose.org gift code within 2 weeks of receiving your survey, while funds last.

For additional information, please check out the website at https://help.donorschoose.org/hc/en-us/articles/360021337153

Dierbergs - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Varied
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

For information about Dierbergs donation program, please visit their website at http://www.dierbergs.com/MyDierbergs/Community-Involvement/Multi-Community-Organizations

 

Focus
Free books
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Art Resources Transfer website:

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (D.U.C.) distributes books on contemporary art and culture to public schools, libraries, prisons, and alternative education centers nationwide, free of charge. D.U.C. books create access to the arts and literacy these institutions could not otherwise afford to acquire. To date, the D.U.C. has placed over 459,555 free books in 8,139 public institutions across the country.

For additional information, and to apply, please click here.

EmpowerEd 2.0 Award Program - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Technology for students
Target
School
Notes

EmpowerEd 2.0 Award Program:

T-Mobile launched the next phase of their EmpowerEd program 2.0, which is a Technology Award for Schools looking to help students secure internet access while away from campus. With this award, qualifying applicants may receive the following:

  • $200 toward equipment purchases (Hotspots, Tablets, Chromebooks, iPads, computers, etc)
  • Unlimited LTE Data for $20
  • Content Filtering
  • Full Implementation

For additional information, please contact:

Pierre Jeanty

Government Account Manager

1400 Opus Place 6th Floor  | Downers Grove, IL 60515

Cell 312-221-8826| pierre.jeanty1@t-mobile.com

Government Care: 844-361-1310

Illinois American Water - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Community support
Target
Public, School
Notes

Libraries that are serviced by Illinois American Water are eligible to apply for grant funding, in the areas of water and healthy living, water and the environment, environmental education, and community sustainability.  Please click here to access the application.

Illinois Arts Council Agency - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Fine Arts
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Illinois Arts Council Agency website:

The Illinois Arts Council Agency serves the people of Illinois through a variety of Grant Programs and Special Initiatives meant to:

  • Support Illinois' Arts Sector: Operating and technical support provided to organizations and programs statewide helps keep Illinois’ arts sector vital, vibrant, and accessible to all.
  • Advance Arts Education: The arts can be a part of the education of every single child in this state through the programs, services, partnerships, and collaborations of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
  • Foster Creativity and Working Artists: Resources, opportunities, and direct support for the work of individual artists -- the foundation of Illinois' creative environment

For additional information on the grants offered, please visit the Illinois Arts Council website.

Kars4Kids - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Kars4Kids Small Grants Program makes grants available for furthering children’s and young adults’ welfare and education. Kars4Kids encourages continued education and welfare outside of the school setting, enriching the education of future citizens and leaders of the community. They provide grants for libraries, after-school programs, mentoring, tutoring, exercise programs, weekend programming, storytime, combating bullying, and more. Grants are available in amounts from $500-$2000.

Learn more or apply at www.kars4kidsgrants.org

Focus
Kids' Health and Education
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

For libraries that have access to 501(c)3 status, if you plan an event (such as your Summer Reading program), and your local Kohls store is able to send five of their associates to volunteer at the event, your library will get help with conducting the event, AND a $500 check from Kohls!  More information can be found at http://aia.kohls.com.  To schedule an event, contact your local Kohls store.

Focus
Collection Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

The Library of Congress has available at all times, for donation to eligible organizations and institutions, surplus books which are not needed for the Library's own uses.

For additional information, and to learn how your library can take advantage of this opportunity, click here

Lockheed Martin - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
K-12 Stem grants
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Lockheed Martin website:

Lockheed Martin is committed to a program of philanthropy that supports the Corporation’s strategic business goals, primarily in the focus areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and military and veteran causes.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please click here.

Nora Roberts Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Nora Roberts Foundation website:

The primary focus of the Nora Roberts Foundation is to support Literacy. Additional areas of focus are: Children's programs, Arts organizations, and Humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please check out the website at http://norarobertsfoundation.org/index.php

Our Caps, Your Cause - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Donations to Charitable Organizations
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

Prairie Farms donates funds to charitable organizations through their Our Caps, Your Cause program.  Charitable organizations--like libraries--can register for the program, and then encourage their patrons to go the Prairie Farms website to enter the code found on the milk cap.  For additional information, check out the Prairie Farms website.

 

Focus
Children's literacy
Target
Public, School
Notes

The mission of the Pilcrow Foundation is to provide new, quality, hardcover children’s books to rural public libraries across the United States.

The Foundation's Children’s Book Project grants support libraries located in a rural area within the 50 United States that have a limited operating budget and an active children’s department.

Through the program, a library's local sponsors can contribute from $200 to $400, which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,200 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books.

The Foundation provides a list of over 500 quality hardcover children’s books from which Children’s Book Project grant recipients can select books best suited for their community. The book list includes award-winning and star-reviewed titles from educational and literary organizations.

The Foundation accepts applications from independent rural public libraries and Native American Tribal libraries as well as libraries that are part of a county, regional, or cooperative system. A branch library may apply if it serves a rural community. Applications are accepted from school libraries only if they also serve as the community’s public library.

The Foundation does not offer grants to libraries outside of the 50 United States, libraries in urban or metropolitan areas, or libraries with substantial operating budgets.

Note: The Foundation also offers a limited number of special non-matching grants to libraries serving rural communities in the United States affected by recent tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, or other natural disasters. Libraries can select $800 worth of new, quality, hardcover children’s books from the Foundation’s booklist. Locally sponsored matching funds are not required for the disaster relief grants.

For additional information, click here.

Focus
Building Structural Repairs
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Landmarks Illinois website:

Landmarks Illinois’ Preservation Heritage Fund grants are intended to provide monetary assistance to significant structures or sites in Illinois that are under threat of demolition, in imminent deterioration, in need of stabilization, in need of structural or re-use evaluation, or need to be evaluated for landmark eligibility. The Preservation Heritage Fund was established in 2004.

For additional information, please visit the website -- http://www.landmarks.org/resources/financial-resources/landmarks-illinois-grants-landmarks-illinois/

Regions Bank - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Community Development
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Regions website:

Anchored in our mission to make life better for our customers, associates, and communities, Regions partners with nonprofit organizations and schools to create inclusive growth with lasting impact for the communities we serve.  We invite eligible organizations that focus on our strategic priorities of economic and community development, education and workforce readiness, and financial wellness to submit a request for a grant or sponsorship by completing this form.

For additional information (and to complete the form), please visit the Regions website at https://survey.regions.com/jfe/form/SV_eP9zE4uiZZTtgu9

 

Schnucks Cares - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Varied
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Schnucks website:

Whether it’s through permitting nonprofit solicitation events, providing donations for a cause that aligns with our corporate giving priorities, or donating to nonprofits through our My Schnucks Card (eScrip) program, we are committed to working together with nonprofit organizations to help strengthen the communities that we call home.

For additional information, and to request a donation, please click on the link -- https://nourish.schnucks.com/community/

 

Shell Refinery - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Civic and human needs
Target
Public, School
Notes

According to their website, grants may be requested for community, education, and environmental concerns:

Community--

Focus on civic and human needs in the community while promoting healthy lifestyles, major and cultural arts that promote access to underserved students and communities, and disaster relief efforts. We fund a broad array of community outreach projects, particularly in areas where our employees work and live. These projects range from local neighborhood improvement efforts to regional non-profit organizations. We are especially interested in supporting groups that reflect the diversity and inclusiveness of our communities, which is a Shell core value.

Education--

Focus on energy awareness with special publics, increasing interest in technical careers among students and professional development in science and math among educators. We support K-12 programs that boost math and science skills, as well as university programs that aid engineering and geoscience students and departments. Shell funds projects at vocational and technical schools where chemical and refinery operators and technicians are trained. We are especially interested in supporting educational outreach in math, science and technology to women/minority students and academic institutions with ethnically diverse enrollments.

For additional information, and to apply for a grant, please visit the website -- https://www.shell.us/sustainability/request-for-a-grant-from-shell.html

TechSoup - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Technology
Target
Public
Notes

"TechSoup has the products you need to maximize your technology services to your community. Whether you're looking to upgrade your public access computers, seeking new software, or searching for a way to keep your technology secure, TechSoup's donation program can help you make it happen. We also have a wide range of content and free webinars tailored especially for public libraries on
http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/ "

The Lisa Libraries - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Children's books
Target
Public, School
Notes

The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas.

For additional information, click here -- http://www.lisalibraries.org/

 

Focus
Construction and facilities
Target
Public
Notes

"This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings."  For additional information, click here.

Verizon - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Education
Target
Public, School
Notes

From the Verizon website:

Verizon funding supports education initiatives that provide underserved students with the skills needed for success in college or career. Applications are by invitation only and funding is prioritized to organizations that support education programs under Verizon Innovative Learning.

For additional information, and to receive an invitation to apply, please click here.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Educated Kids
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

For additional information about the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, what types of programs it supports, and how to apply for a grant, click here.

Wish You Well Foundation - Deadline: Ongoing
Focus
Adult and family literacy
Target
Public, School, Special, Academic
Notes

From the Wish You Well website:

Supporting adult and family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.

For additional information, and to apply for funding, please click here.

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