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Thinking Money

Grants to USA Public Libraries for an Exhibition
that Teaches Youth About Financial Literacy

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office; in partnership with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation

Conf. Date:

11/19/15

Deadline Date:

01/29/16 11:59 PM CST

Description:

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Grants of $1,000 to USA public libraries to host a high-quality traveling exhibition that teaches youth, ages 10-16, and their parents, caregivers, and educators about financial literacy. Informational conference calls will be held on November 19 and December 9.

The Thinking Money program is a museum-quality traveling exhibition that will travel to 50 USA public libraries between August 2016 and July 2018. Selected libraries will host the exhibition for five to six weeks. The exhibition requires approximately 1,000 square feet of space for optimal display.

Library patrons will participate along with a cast of graphic characters and digital activities to determine how they can make good financial decisions. Through an adventure-themed story line, interactive iPad content, and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibition will explore the following themes in an easy-to-understand way:

- Wants vs. needs
- Earning and paying interest
- Preparing for rainy/sunny day
- Imagining your future self
- Avoiding financial fraud
- Thinking money

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164860

Number of Grants:

A total of 50 libraries will be chosen to host the Thinking Money traveling exhibition.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each host will receive the following:

- The traveling exhibition for a five- to six-week loan period (shipping costs are paid by the sponsors).

- A $1,000 allowance for exhibition-related programming. Please note that these funds may not be used for computer hardware or to pay cash or cash-equivalent incentives (including gift cards and the like) to program participants.

- An online Site Support Notebook, with shipping and installation instructions, suggestions for programming and a full publicity kit, including downloadable promotional materials and templates for press and social media outreach.

- Technical and programming support from the ALA Public Programs Office throughout the tour.

- Staff training through a required orientation workshop and a series of online, self-paced modules on personal finance topics.

- Repair of reasonable wear and tear to the exhibition.

Term of Contract:

The exhibition period runs from August 2016 through July 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This exhibition tour is open to public libraries in the United States.

NOT ELIGIBLE:
- Other non-public library organizations, including academic, community college, school, and special libraries are not eligible to apply.
- Individuals and federal agencies are not eligible to apply.
- Late, incomplete, and ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend one of two informational conference calls about the exhibition on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 12:00 PM Central Time or Wednesday December 9, 2015, at 2:00 PM Central Time.

To register for a conference call, please email Brian Russell (see contact information below) with your preferred date.

Pre-Application Information:

Public libraries may apply to host the exhibition until January 29, 2016. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of librarians and financial literacy experts.

Steps To Apply:

1. Create your apply.ala.org profile to begin: https://apply.ala.org/thinkingmoney/register

You can use this profile for this project, and for future opportunities with the Public Programs Office. All you need to get started is an email address.

2. To get started, or to return to your application, sign in to your apply.ala.org profile at: https://apply.ala.org/thinkingmoney/login

If you have applied for recent projects with the Public Programs Office, you can use the same email address and password.

Note: You can download a PDF of the application to review the questions ahead of time in order to prepare your answers.

Click here to access the online FAQs: https://apply.ala.org/thinkingmoney/faq

Contact Information:

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

Brian Russell
Email: brussell@ala.org

General Contact Information:

Email: publicprograms@ala.org
Phone: (312) 280-5045
Toll Free: 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5045

50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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