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Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grant

Grants to Idaho Elementary Schools to
Purchase Books and Promote Literacy Skills

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL)

Deadline Date:

03/29/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to Idaho elementary schools to increase student access to books and promote the development of literacy skills. Funding is intended for the purchase of books for school libraries. As a requirement of this grant, participating schools must increase access to reading materials.

Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring Idaho children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade to check out books to take home. The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is offering mini-grants to schools to help increase access to books.

Round 1 Grants are available to schools that have not previously received a grant to purchase additional books for their school library during the school year. Schools must adhere to the grant requirements found on the application portal in Contact Information below.

This grant program has three primary goals:
1. Increase the amount of reading done in the homes of children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten and first grade.
2. Increase access to age-appropriate, quality, nonfiction and fiction titles in elementary school libraries.
3. Increase the number of children reading on grade level.

Round 2 Grants are available to previous recipients to increase students' access to books during the school year for the school library. This opportunity is for schools that have received a School Access Grant three or more years ago. See the application portal in Contact Information below for grant requirements.

This grant program has four primary goals:
1. Increase the amount of reading done in the homes of children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and throughout elementary school.
2. Increase access to age-appropriate, quality nonfiction and fiction titles in elementary school libraries.
3. Increase the number of students reading on grade level.
4. Increase school libraries’ financial support from their school districts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177631

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period for both Round 1 and Round 2 is August 1, 2019 - April 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Round 1:

Applying schools must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- The day-to-day oversight and operations of the school library is carried out by a paid, contracted staff person.
- The school has not received these grant funds in the past.
- The school administration agrees to all the grant requirements (listed below).

After grant eligibility has been met, applications will be ranked by the applicants’ responses to the weighted grant application questions and include: the number of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, the strength of the needs statement, the ability to implement the grant (looking at hours per week for paid library staff) and if the school is serving or will serve children enrolled in a district special education developmental preschool program on school grounds. The ranking committee will also take into consideration the geographical distribution across the state. More than one elementary school from a school district may apply and receive a grant award per grant year.

Round 2:

Applying schools must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- School must have received an Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grant and have adopted the circulation policies required for that grant.
- A school is ineligible if it received a School Library Access Mini-Grant or Summer Access Grant from the Idaho Commission for Libraries less than three years ago (2016-2017 school year and later).
- The day-to-day oversight and operations of the school library is carried out by a paid, contracted staff person, usually the school librarian.
- The school administration agrees to all the grant requirements (listed below).

After grant eligibility has been met, applications will be ranked by the applicants’ responses to the weighted grant application questions which include: the number of students eligible for free and reduced lunch, the number of English language learners enrolled and the plan to serve those students, the strength of the needs statement, and the ability to implement the grant (looking at hours per week paid library staff works in the library). The ranking committee will also take into consideration the geographical distribution across the state, however, more than one elementary school from a school district may apply and receive a grant award per grant year.

Food is not an eligible use for grant funds.

Accelerated Reader tests, library software, library shelving signage, and ebooks are not allowable purchases with these funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Round 1 Grants: A school library representative, usually the school librarian, is required to attend a day-long training in August 2019 in his/her region. If participants absolutely cannot attend a training session, a make-up webinar will be held at a later date and viewing will be required. Dates, locations, and other details for the training are to be determined.

Round 2 Grants: School’s district administration must agree to match 25% of funds awarded, and the match must be in the form of a book budget for the school library.

Grant Timeline for both Round 1 and Round 2:
- Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59 PM on March 29, 2019 to be considered.
- Applicants will be notified about their status via email by the beginning of May 2019.
- Mini-grant recipients attend regional training sessions in August 2019. Formal grant agreements are distributed at the training sessions. Dates and locations to be determined.
- Grant funds will be distributed to the school district in September 2019.
- September 2019 – April 2020: implementation of School Library Access Mini-Grant – Rounds 1 and 2.
- January 17, 2020: Interim grant report is due.
- February 28, 2020: Last of grant funds are obligated to ensure all invoices are paid before March 27, 2020.
- April 17, 2020 – Final grant report is due.

Contact Information:

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

Round 1 Online Application:
https://form.jotform.com/83244891017155

Round 2 Online Application:
https://form.jotform.com/83305443232145

Jeannie Standal, School Library Consultant
(208) 639-4139
jeannie.standal@libraries.idaho.gov

Jamie Mott, Grants/Contracts Officer
(208) 334-2150
jamie.mott@libraries.idaho.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho