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Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grant

Grants to Idaho Elementary Schools to Purchase
Reading Books for Young Children

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Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL)

Deadline Date:

04/07/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Idaho elementary schools to increase exposure of students to literature. Funding is intended to support the purchase of age-appropriate books for pre-K through first grade children that will be available for students to take home during the school year. The aim of the program is to promote literacy skills and improve reading levels for young children.

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.

2021-2022 Elementary School Library Access Mini-Grant Application - Round 1

Funds from this program will be used to purchase books to help ensure that access to materials starts from the beginning of a child’s schooling. 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.

Grant Requirements

If your school is awarded grant funds, the following requirements will need to be met by your school during the grant period (August 16, 2021 - April 15, 2022):

  • All kindergarten and 1st grade students will be allowed to check out and take home more than one book per week starting in their first semester of school.
  • If your school has a developmental preschool program on school grounds, all children enrolled in that program will be allowed to check out and take home more than one book per week starting in their first semester of school.
  • Students in all grades will be allowed to check out nonfiction books.
  • All grant funds will be spent on age-appropriate books for pre-K, Kindergarten or 1st grade students. Funds can be spent on fiction or nonfiction books, but at least 40% of the funds must be spent on nonfiction books. Age-appropriate titles for these grade levels need to take into account the interest level for young children and include primarily good quality, read-aloud titles for family members to read to students in these grades, not necessarily reading levels of K-1 students. Book purchases may include books with interest level up to grade 2.
  • Accelerated Reader tests, library software, library shelving, and signage are not allowable purchases with these funds.
  • Up to 5% of the grant award can be spent on book processing supplies (i.e. MARC records, labels, barcodes, processing fees with vendors).
  • Up to 50% of grant funds may be spent with any single publisher. 
  • A school library representative, usually the school librarian, is required to attend a day-long training in August 2021 in their region (or an online substitute, if necessary). 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. School administrators are strongly encouraged to accompany the librarian.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177631

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,000 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

Grant implementation period: August 16, 2021 - April 15, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applying schools must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- The school must be a publicly-funded Idaho elementary school serving kindergarten and first grade students;
- The day-to-day oversight and operation of the school library is carried out by a paid, contracted staff person;
- The school has not received these grant funds in the past (see list of schools previously funded in Supporting Documents below);
- 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.

Libraries must be compliant with the Idaho Commission for Libraries’ eligibility requirements – IDAPA 30.01.01 - as they relate to the acceptance and use of funds for this project. The eligibility requirements can be found in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021-2022 SLA Mini-Grant application closes April 7, 2021!

Grant Timeline:
- Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59 pm on April 7, 2021 to be considered.
- Mini-grant recipients attend regional training sessions in August 2021. Dates and locations to be determined.
- Grant funds will be distributed to the school district in September 2021.
- September 2021 – April 15, 2022: implementation of School Library Access Mini-Grant – Round 1.
- January 14, 2022: Interim grant report is due.
- March 1, 2022: Last of grant funds are obligated to ensure all invoices are paid before March 31, 2022.
- April 29, 2022: Final grant report is due.

If you have questions about the grant application or the application process, please contact either of the following staff members at the Idaho Commission for Libraries: Jeannie Standal, School Library Consultant or Jamie Mott, Grants/Contracts Officer.

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:

Jeannie Standal, School Library Consultant
(208) 639-4139

Jamie Mott, Grants/Contracts Officer
(208) 334-2150

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho

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