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Kids, Books and the Arts (KBA) Grant

Grants to New Hampshire Public Libraries to Host
Summer Literacy Events for Children and Families

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New Hampshire State Library (NHSL), Children’s Librarians Section of the New Hampshire Library Association

Deadline Date:

03/25/19 Receipt


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Grants to New Hampshire public libraries to host special events that engage local children and families in reading and literacy. Funding is intended for libraries to host a qualified presenter to provide a workshop or performance to promote literacy during the summer.

The objectives of the project are to 1) help promote the participation of children and their families in the NH Summer Reading Program, 2) encourage arts programming in communities that have offered limited or no arts programs, 3) introduce library audiences to a variety of art forms, and 4) strengthen the partnership between the arts community and public libraries.

This grant helps to fund a performance, or a performance and a workshop or--in some cases--just a workshop, offered by a presenter on the 2019 Kids, Books and the Arts Roster. However, the program must be a part of the library’s summer reading program and the library must be using the 2019 CSLP summer reading theme of “A Universe of Stories.”

Programs may be used as the kick-off event for the summer reading program, during the course of the summer reading program, or as a culminating event.

All programs must be accessible to persons with disabilities, and sign language interpretation and other accommodations must be made if requested by a community member.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179335

Term of Contract:

All programs must be completed by August 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any public library is eligible to apply for a grant.

Only one application per library will be considered.

Priority will be given to:
- Libraries that previously have had few programs involving presenters
- Libraries with limited resources for programming

Please Note: Your library is not eligible for a grant for 2019 if: it fails to complete and return the PublicLibrary Statistics Report for 2018 by the deadline and/or it failed to return, by the deadline, the required evaluation form(s) for a Kids, Books and the Arts grant received in 2018.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applicants are strongly advised to contact the presenter regarding availability and with specific questions about the program as soon as possible.

The grant application is due March 25, 2019.

All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application by mid-April.

All successful applicants will be required to provide up to $150 of the eligible presenter’s costs. A library with a per capita support of $15.00 or less must contribute $50 towards the presenter’s costs. A library with a per capita support of $15.01-$25.00 must contribute $100 towards the presenter’s costs, and a library with a per capita support of $25.01 or higher must contribute $150 towards the presenter’s costs.

Your library’s per capita support figure can be found in the 2017 NH Public Library Annual Report--Complete Library Statistics at At the bottom of the Excel spreadsheet, click on tab "Key Ratios" and then look in column "AG" for total operating income per capita.

The grant will be made directly to the applicant (the Library). The applicant is responsible for contracting with and paying the presenter, and for all local arrangements for the presenter including lodging if required. Block booking arrangements with other libraries are also the responsibility of the applicant. Because award checks may not arrive before the presenter's performance, the library should make arrangements to cover the cost of the event and pay the presenter on time if the award check is delayed.

Contact Information:

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

Deborah Dutcher
(603) 271-2865

Michael York
New Hampshire State Library
20 Park St.
Concord NH 03301

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USA: New Hampshire

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