Foundation / Corporation
American Library Association (ALA)
09/16/21 11:59 PM CT
Grants of $3,000 and in-kind support to USA libraries in rural areas for community engagement projects and resources. In-kind support includes professional development, project and technical support, and online resources for library staff. Funding may be used for project supplies, personal protective equipment, and promotion and publicity.
Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) that seeks to provide community engagement resources and opportunities specific to the needs of library workers serving small and rural communities. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students or partner organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community.
The goal of these grants is to:
LTC grant funds are restricted to project-related expenses. Eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to, the following:
GrantWatch ID#: 140272
Up to 100 libraries will be selected in this application period.
Libraries selected for funding will receive:
- $3,000 to support costs related to their community engagement project
- Professional development consisting of the LTC: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries asynchronous e-course and facilitation guide (required for all project directors)
- A suite of online resources developed to support local programs including template press releases, social media messaging, logos, digital promotional materials and template letters that can be used to notify local leaders/officials about the library's project.
- Technical and project support from the ALA Public Programs Office throughout the grant term, such as access to:
- Online learning opportunities for grantees intended to assist project directors in promoting their conversation, completing grant reporting requirements and participating in evaluation
- Community of practice for project directors and staff
Grant implementation period: December 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=AMALA
Request a 20-minute phone consultation: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc31LqLaOwvxIINUXpYXaL4f0GWfHB0SX5Pvc_ywVix6vJacA/viewform
If you have questions, contact:
Public Programs Office
American Library Association
1-800-545-2433, ext. 5045
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