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Library Grants

Grant Name Application Deadline
Starbucks Foundation
The foundation funds programs for youth, ages 6-18, that integrate literacy with personal and civic action in the communities where they live. The Starbucks Foundation invites letters of inquiry from qualifying 501 (c) 3 organizations that work with underserved youth in the fields of literacy (reading, writing and creative/media arts) and environmental literacy. Grants range from $5,000-$20,000.
February 1 – March 1, August 1 – September 1
The Libri Foundation
The Libri Foundation was established in 1989 for the sole purpose of helping rural libraries acquire new, quality, hardcover children's books they could not otherwise afford to buy. Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $2,800,000 worth of new children's books to more than 2,200 libraries in 48 states.
March 15, July 15, December 15
ALTA/GALE Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant
The ALTA/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant enables public library trustees to attend the ALA Annual Conference. A grant of $750 each is awarded annually to two public library trustees who have demonstrated qualitative interests and efforts in supportive service of the local public library.
March 31
The Improving Literacy through School Libraries (LSL) program
The LSL program promotes comprehensive local strategies to improve student reading achievement by improving school library services and resources. The program is one component of the Department's commitment to dramatically improve student achievement by focusing available resources, including those of school library media centers, on reading achievement.
April 11
Diversity Research Grants
The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. Three grants are awarded each year.
April 15

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
The Mitsubishi Foundation is committed to helping young Americans with disabilities reach their full potential within society. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grant funds that help young disabled people have full access to educational, vocational and educational opportunities in order to participate with their peers.

June 1

Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation
Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation awards funds of $5,000 or more to nonprofit organizations providing programs to the youth in math, science and engineering or culture and the arts.

June through September

Grant Name

Application Deadline
Baker and Taylor Audio Music/Video Product Award
The purpose of PLA’s 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.
Check the Award’s website for an updated deadline.
PLA New Leaders Travel Grant
The purpose of these grants is to enhance the professional development and improve the expertise of public librarians new to the field by making possible their attendance at major professional development activities. This grant has been established to enable PLA Members new to the profession and who have not had the opportunity to attend a major PLA Continuing Education Event in the last five years to do so. Eligible events are the PLA Spring Symposium workshops; PLA National Conferences; and other PLA Events, such as Preconferences, held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conferences.
The National Gallery of Art Free-Loan Program
The National Gallery of Art’s Division of Education provides slide teaching programs, multimedia programs, videocassettes, CD ROMs, DVDs and videodiscs to millions of viewers each year. These programs are intended to foster awareness of the visual arts and make Gallery collections accessible to a broad audience beyond the Gallery's walls. They are circulated free of charge to educational institutions, community groups, and individuals throughout the United States.
Apply at least one month before materials are needed.

Library of Congress Surplus Books Program
The Library of Congress has surplus books available to non-profit organizations. The books are a mixture of topics with only a small percentage of publications at the primary and secondary school levels. Your library needs to send or designate someone to choose books from the collection and pay for shipping the material.


Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
The Foundation provides grants primarily in the Pacific Northwest Region. They have four priorities: nurturing the arts and cultural endeavors, engaging children more deeply in the learning process, responding to the needs of vulnerable population, and advancing scientific and technological discoveries that expand our understanding of the universe.

Letters of inquiry are accepted throughout the year.

Verizon Foundation: Literacy
To help move America to a more literate society, Verizon uses a combination of corporate philanthropy, employee participation, celebrity volunteers, partnerships with literacy organizations and contributions from our customers. In 2005, Verizon awarded more than 900 literacy grants totaling more than $13 million.

Apply online
Poets & Writers
P&W pays fees to writers giving readings or conducting workshops in New York and California, and in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and Seattle. While our support is limited to events taking place in these five areas, writers from all states are eligible for P&W funding.
Eight weeks before the event

The Lisa Libraries
Children’s author Ann M. Martin and friends began Lisa Libraries as a memorial to a friend. Lisa Libraries donates new books to organizations serving children in low-income areas, and helps to start or expand children’s libraries in places such as day care centers, prison visiting areas, and after school programs.

No deadline

MBNA Foundation
The MBNA Foundation is dedicated to supporting results-oriented programs that make significant and positive differences in the quality of education. Grants are available to teachers, school administrators, and other educators for programs in grades kindergarten through 12.

No deadline

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Barnes & Noble considers requests for national and local support from non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (K-12).  In addition, Barnes & Noble is committed to literary-based sponsorships and seeks to partner with organizations that focus their core businesses on higher learning, literacy and the arts.

No deadline

Office Depot
Office Depot's Caring and Making a Difference program operates in communities where employees live. Every store makes regular product donations, and the focus of their grant giving is on the health, education, and welfare of children. Nonprofits with those goals in mind can request funds of up to $2,000.

No deadline

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program
The Art Resources Transfer Inc. is a non profit organization that donates books on art and culture to any library through their Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program. This program also pays for the shipment of the books to the library. Their goal is to make information on contemporary art and cultural issues available to all. 

No deadline

RGK Foundation
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.

No deadlines, Grants Committee meets three times a year, Only one Letter of Inquiry will be entertained per year

PEN American Center: Readers & Writers
PEN Readers & Writers invites New York City public high schools to attend its free literary panel discussions, created with curriculum and student interests in mind. From those attendees, a limited number of schools may be invited to become PEN Partner Schools. These Partners receive literary resources from PEN American Center in support of students and the school body, including books, author visits, creative writing workshops, and other help.

No deadline

New York Life Foundation
The Foundation’s Nurturing the Children Program provides funding for nonprofits that focus on safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement, and mentoring children. Grants are given to organizations in New York City and Westchester County, NY, where New York Life employees and retirees volunteer.

Deadline not yet announced

National Endowment for the Humanities: Consultation Grants
Consultation grants help museums, libraries, historical organizations, or community organizations develop a new public humanities project or chart a new interpretive direction of an existing program. They support the costs of conferring with a team of advisers to help identify key humanities themes and questions during the early stages of a project's development.

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Preservation Assistance Grants help small and mid-sized institutions, such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, town and county records offices, and colleges, improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine arts, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, and historical objects.

First Book National Book Bank
First Book Advisory Boards, non profit organizations with at least 80% of their children coming from low-income families, and Title 1 schools can receive books from the First Book National Book Bank. The books these programs receive must become the personal property of the children.

Watch for an active distribution

W. K. Kellogg Foundation
The foundation supports new ideas about how to engage children and youth in learning and new ways to bring together community-based systems that promote learning.

No deadline

The Library of Michigan Foundation's State Librarian's Excellence Award
The State Librarian’s Excellence Award will be awarded to a library (any type) that exemplifies excellence in customer service. One library per year in the state of Michigan will receive a check for $5,000 to be used as the recipient library wishes to provide library service.

Universal Service Administrative Company
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund makes discounts available to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services.
No deadline

The Prudential Foundation
The Prudential Foundation provides support to innovative direct-service programs that address the needs of communities in three areas: Ready to Learn, Ready to Work, Ready to Live.