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AZ Community Reads Grant

Grants to Arizona Libraries to Engage
Communities in Reading and Book Discussions

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Arizona State Library

Deadline Date:

12/29/17

Description:

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Grants of $2,000 to Arizona libraries to engage local communities in reading and literary discussion activities. Programs funded through this grant encourage everyone in a neighborhood or city to read the same book and engage in civil discourse. Funding may be used for books and supporting programs.

Community Reads programs encourage everyone in a city or neighborhood to read the same book. They are versatile programs that can support a variety of initiatives, from getting a community together to discuss a current issue in civil discourse, to encouraging parents to read with their children, to tackling illiteracy. Community Reads programs create opportunities for supportive programming, such as book talks, facilitated discussion groups, author visits, and more, which provide a greater depth of engagement with the books for participants.

These grants will be provided to libraries that will use a Community Reads program to support the goals of civic engagement, encouraging reading, and promoting Arizona Literature.

These grants are designed specifically to support the collections and programming for Community Reads programs. Grantees must use the awarded funds to purchase copies of their selected book, and to host programs supporting the Community Reads initiative.

Applicants must select a book with an Arizona connection for their Community Reads title.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177656

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Arizona State Library is issuing grants of two thousand dollars ($2,000) each to support Community Reads programs in libraries in Arizona.

The grant is designed to allot about $500 for books and $1,500 for supporting programs.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed and funds fully encumbered by August 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant is paid for with LSTA funds and all federal regulations apply. For eligibility requirements, refer to the current LSTA grant guidelines (attached below).

To be eligible to receive LSTA funds in Arizona, all libraries must meet the following criteria:
-Be open to the public at least 750 hours per year, with regular, posted hours.
-Provide core library services, such as borrowing privileges and computer use, free of charge to all residents within the library’s service area. A school or academic library may define its service area as its academic community.

In addition, LSTA-funded projects must directly serve the general public.

Academic Libraries:
-Serve a public college or university.
-Agree to: 1. Provide materials to other Arizona public, regent, or community college members with postage charges capped at $6 per item; 2. Write and publish a detailed Resource Access and Attainment Policy, and provide an electronic copy to the Arizona State Library each time the policy is updated.
-Submit to the State Library all reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

Public Libraries:
-Receive a minimum of 50 percent of funding from public sources OR be organized as a non-profit.
-Agree to all the provisions in the Arizona State Library Resource Access and Attainment Policy
-Submit to the State Library annual public library statistics and all other reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.
-Demonstrate an ability to provide quality virtual information to library patrons.

School Libraries:
-Serve a public or charter school in Arizona.
-Participate in resource sharing with other school libraries in the same school district.
-Be managed by a certificated school librarian.
-Submit to the State Library all reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

Special Libraries:
-Serve as a library for a governmental unit or nonprofit organization.
-Upon library request, loan materials to Arizona libraries at no charge.
-Be managed by a librarian with an MLS or Arizona Library Practitioner Certification.
-Provide services to Arizona residents.
-Submit to the State Library all reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.

Tribal Libraries:
-Be recognized and supported by a tribal government in Arizona.
-Submit to the State Library annual library statistics and all other reports in a complete, accurate and timely manner.
-Demonstrate an ability to provide quality virtual information to patrons.

Pre-Application Information:

For possible titles, visit Southwest Books of the Year (SWBY):
https://www.library.pima.gov/swboy/

Important Dates:
-December 29, 2017: Application deadline
-January 12, 2018: Grant awards announced
-August 01, 2018: Projects completed, funds fully encumbered
-September 05, 2018: Final reports due, funds fully expended

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FSPLQQ6

Dale Savage
602-542-6263
dsavage@azlibrary.gov

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona