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Children’s Book Project Grant

In-Kind Grants of New Children's Books to
USA Public and Tribal Libraries in Rural Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Pilcrow Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 Postmarked


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In-kind grants worth up to $800 to USA public libraries and tribal libraries in rural areas to acquire brand new, high quality, hardcover children's books. Recipients will be able to choose which books are best suited for their community from a list of over 500 books, including award-winning and star-reviewed titles from educational and literary organizations.

Librarians from libraries awarded a grant through the Children’s Book Project Program will receive an acceptance packet with details of the award and a booklist, provided by The Pilcrow Foundation, from which to select books for the library. The booklist is divided into two groups based on recommended age and grade levels. Books in Group 1 are for emergent and beginning readers (birth to age 7; preschool to grade 2). Books in Group 2 are for middle and intermediate readers (ages 7 to 12; grades 2 to 6).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178554

Estimated Size of Grant:

Libraries will raise between $200 to $400 for The Pilcrow Foundation's 2-to-1 match of $400 to $800.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation accepts applications from independent rural public libraries and Native American Tribal libraries as well as libraries that are part of a county, regional, or cooperative system.

A branch library may apply if it serves a rural community. If the branch library receives its funding from a parent institution, the parent institution’s total operating budget, not just the branch library’s total operating budget, must demonstrate budgetary limitations.

The Pilcrow Foundation accepts applications from school libraries only if the school library also serves as the community’s public library (i.e., it is open to the entire community; has summer hours; is open beyond the school day, including Saturdays; there is no public library in town) and meets the budgetary and rural requirements.

To qualify for the grant, libraries must be located in a rural area within the 50 United States, have a limited operating budget, have an active children’s department, and raise $200 - $400 through a local sponsor. Libraries with total operating budgets of less than $50,000 will receive funding priority; however, town libraries with total operating budgets over $150,000 and county libraries with total operating budgets over $450,000 may also apply for grants.

The Foundation does not offer grants to libraries outside of the 50 United States, libraries in urban or metropolitan areas, or libraries with substantial operating budgets. Do not apply if your library is not located within the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation provides a 2-to-1 match. Applicants should be prepared to raise between $200 - $400.

Application deadlines for 2018 grant cycles are 1 April and 1 October (postmark date).

Grants will be awarded and grant recipients will be posted on the website by 15 April and 15 October. Acceptance packets will be mailed within 10-15 days after the Children’s Book Project grant recipients are announced on the website.

Contact Information:

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

Send applications to:

Karren Timmermans, Director
The Pilcrow Foundation
343 Washington Avenue
Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Phone: 541-767-3604

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