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Grants to USA Public Libraries to Document Their Communities Through an Interview Project

StoryCorps @ your library

GrantWatch ID# 149539
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
StoryCorps, in partnership with American Library Association Public Programs Office, with support from Institute of Museum and Library Services
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/06/15 11:59 PM CST

Grant Description
Grants of $2,500 to USA public libraries and library systems to develop and implement community documentation projects through a program-prescribed interview model. Each selected library will receive equipment, training, promotional materials and other resources to execute the project.

The goal of the project is to enable public libraries to implement StoryCorps' interview methods and resources and create a local audio collection that libraries will use to produce high-quality library programming that will expand their influence and engagement in their communities.

During and following interview collection, participating libraries will develop local programs and events that complement the interviewing process.

Libraries will each receive:
-A $2,500 stipend for project-related expenses.
-A toolkit of written and web-based customizable program and promotional support materials.
-A StoryKit (a customized set of professional recording equipment) to use to record onsite interviews during the grant period and retain for future use after the close of the pilot project.
-A two-day in-person training by StoryCorps staff at the StoryCorps headquarters in Brooklyn, New York to orient volunteers and library staff to interview collection, digital recording techniques, and archiving interviews in StoryCorps™ proprietary database. The orientation workshop will be held in on April 8-9, 2015. All travel and lodging costs will be covered by StoryCorps.


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Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Public libraries and library systems are eligible.

Pre-Application Information
In order to apply, you will need to create an online profile here:

Begin an application or return to an application in progress here:

All applicants will be notified of their award status by February 27, 2015.

Requirements for Selected Libraries:

-Expend grant funds for project-related expenses.

-Identify 2 participants (staff and/or volunteers) for two-day training session conducted by StoryCorps in Brooklyn, NY. (Note that attendance by the StoryCorps @ your library point person is required.)

-Establish a point person who will be responsible for communicating directly with StoryCorps staff during the grant period.

-Guarantee a substantive volunteer or staff corps who will be responsible for recording interviews recorded through the program.

-Record between a minimum of 40 interviews using StoryCorps training guidelines and methodology between May and October, 2015.

-Provide substantive feedback to StoryCorps on the program components and execution.

-Host one public programming event that celebrates the interviews collected through the program.

-Agree to use designated credits and/or logos on all publicity materials.

-Submit a final report on local activities and evaluation to ALA within 60 days following the completion of the last program, or by April 29, 2016 (whichever comes first).

-Participate in 2 conference calls during the course of the grant period.

As part of the StoryCorps approach, each interview participant receives a copy of their recording. With participant permission and based upon a written agreement with StoryCorps, local libraries will retain copies of fully released interviews.

Copies of fully released interviews will also be deposited with the Library of Congress.

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Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
Interview collection periods will take place between April and October 2015. There is the possibility of program continuation following the grant period. Projects must be completed by April 29, 2016.

Contact Information
American Library Association
Public Programs Office
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611


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