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Grants to New York Public Libraries in Eligible
Regions to Encourage Youth to Read and Use the Library

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Community Foundation of Tompkins County - Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund

Deadline Date:

01/23/20 9:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $16,000 to New York public libraries in eligible regions for youth literacy programming. Programs should promote genuine intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of reading and learning by encouraging youth to develop habits of regular library use. Eligible applicants are the 33 libraries within the Finger Lakes Library System in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

This grant cycle was inspired by the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund, which seeks to promote genuine intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of reading and learning, by promoting greater and easier access by youth to local libraries. Funds are available for:

  • Early Childhood (Birth to 5)
  • Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • 6th - 12th grade
  • Summer Reading Programming

For additional information, see: https://www.cftompkins.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2018-Rosen-Fund-guidelines-1.10.18.pdf#page=1

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150137

Estimated Size of Grant:

$200 - $16,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are the 33 public libraries in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins Counties, the 5 Counties of the Finger Lakes Library System.

Rosen will NOT fund the following youth related activities/services:
- Computers for general use
- Capital campaigns
- This fund will not supplant existing funding for staffing, but may be used for the expansion of current staffing or for the continuation of staffing provided by this grant cycle in the past.
- Furniture/bookshelves (e.g. will not fund a couch or chair for a teen corner/room)
- Internet services
- Performers for purposes of entertainment alone. Performers must be part of a comprehensive plan for activities and events that encourage learning and literacy and that support ongoing access to the library and its services (see previous example).
- Console video game devices (e.g. X-box, Nintendo, PlayStation)
- The Rosen bequest specifically indicates, “Funds should not be used to promote a political agenda.” Community Reads will be considered for grant support if they are in accordance with the intent of the bequest

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is January 23, 2020, 9:00 PM.

Library Grant Cycle applications and reports must be received through CommunityForce, an online grant management platform.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application portal: https://cftompkins.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx

Janet Cotraccia, Chief Impact Officer
jcotraccia@cftompkins.org

Community Foundation of Tompkins County
200 E. Buffalo Street, Suite 202
Ithaca, NY 14850
info@cftompkins.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties

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