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ALSC/Candlewick Press Light the Way Grant

Grant to a USA Library for Outreach
Projects Targeting Underserved Children

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American Library Association (ALA) - Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC)

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Grant of $3,000 to a USA library for outreach efforts addressing underserved populations. Funding is intended for projects that engage underserved children, from birth to age 14. Applications will be considered for new and innovative programs, or for the expansion of work already being implemented.

The ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way” Grant is open to any project that seeks to engage an underserved population of children from birth up to the age of 14. Special population children may include (but are not limited to) those who have learning or physical differences, those who are speaking English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who are in non-traditional family settings (such as teen parents, foster children, children in the juvenile justice system, and children in gay and lesbian families), and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs.

The grant recognizes that underserved populations vary from community to community, and all programs that seek to specifically address concerns in this area are eligible for consideration.

The ALSC Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee will select the winner of this award based on an application process. The committee will use a standardized weighted rubric that evaluates each project on innovation, impact, need, planning, outcomes, and sustainability.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176910

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

USA libraries are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications and supporting materials, including the required Signature Form, will be due by December 1, 2019.

Winners will be announced via a press release on the ALSC website in February/March.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Direct questions to the chairs of the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee, Joe Prince and Erin Lovelace, at

ALA American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago IL 60611

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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