Foundation / Corporation
Maine Community Foundation - Rose and Samuel Rudman Library Trust
Grants ranging from $300 to $1,000 to Maine libraries in counties with populations of less than 10,000. For the purposes of these grants, eligible counties include Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington. Funding will be provided for the following programs and activities that provide creative solutions to the challenges faced by small libraries:
- Lively programming, e.g., speakers, storytellers, book discussions, children's performers, or cultural events tied to your collection
- Collection development and programs tailored to meet unique local interests, e.g., history or "how-to"
- Sharing resources through collective purchasing and cooperatives
- Collaboration with community groups and agencies for programming and events tied to the library collection
- Digitizing special collections
- DVD classic collection development to enhance a print display of related or the same books
- Author programs in conjunction with a month-long exploration of that particular genre
- Concerts to celebrate music in the children’s collection
Please remember that integration with the book collection is mandatory for programming and outreach activities; the intent of this grant is to encourage programming in conjunction with collection development. The Foundation understands that the function of the library is changing in reaction to community need; however, for the purpose of this fund, it really is all about the book.
GrantWatch ID#: 177589
Grants range from $300 to $1,000.
Libraries must serve communities in Maine with a population of less than 10,000, including the counties of Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington.
The trust does not provide support for capital and operational expenses (including staff salaries) or for resources that are otherwise freely available in the state. Requests for computer hardware or software will not be considered. The Rudman Trust does not cover building supplies, transportation, furniture, musical instruments, games, toys, prize incentives, stuffed animals, craft supplies, science kits, materials to make science or craft kits, telescopes, microscopes or refreshments. It also does not pay for consultants or instructors.
The Rudman committee will not consider proposals for programming that has already occurred or is in progress (such as a wintertime Chewonki visit).
A note on e-readers: Kindles, Nooks, and other e-book readers are considered computer hardware and are not eligible for funding. Purchase of e-book titles, however, are considered collection development and will be allowed. The committee will also consider requests for the one-time start-up membership fee to the Maine State Library’s Downloadable Library, but not the ongoing annual membership fee.
What the Foundation will not fund, without exception:
- Expenses already incurred
- Political campaigns
- Lobbying in the form of calls to action on a specific vote
- Religious activities: including, but not limited to, religious services, promotion of religious beliefs, or activities that are restricted to church or religious group membership
Deadline: January 15
Notification: Late March
Typically awards are sent out in early April, so please plan your event or program or purchase to take place after that time.
Tips for a successful application: http://www.mainecf.org/GrantsNonprofits/HelpforGrantApplicants/OnlineGrantApplication.aspx
Eligibility Information: http://www.mainecf.org/GrantsNonprofits/HelpforGrantApplicants/GrantGuidelines.aspx
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: http://www.maine-grants.fluidreview.com/
For questions about the online application, please contact Rudman Associate Liz Fickett at the Maine Community Foundation, (207) 412-2015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
USA: Maine: Aroostook, Hancock, Knox, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Washington counties