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The Vietnam War Programming Kit

In-Kind Grants to USA Public Libraries for
Educational Programs on the Vietnam War

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Library Association (ALA) and WETA

Deadline Date:

08/01/17 11:59 PM CDT


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In-kind grants to USA and territories public libraries that are interested in presenting educational programs related to the Vietnam War. This grant provides a programming kit that will help libraries participate in a nationwide conversation about the history and consequences of the Vietnam War.

Program Description:

In partnership with WETA in Washington, D.C., the American Library Association (ALA) has developed a programming kit for The Vietnam War, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for public libraries. This kit includes a programming guide and a copy of the full documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights. This kit will help public libraries participate in a national conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history.

In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam war as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen, digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. The Vietnam War features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from the greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181846

Number of Grants:

ALA and WETA will award up to fifty (50) programming kits.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Benefits for Award Recipients:
-A DVD collection of the 10 part, 18-hour documentary series The Vietnam War with public performance rights (PPR).
-Print materials for local program promotion and publicity, including posters, bookmarks and postcards.
-A programming guide developed by ALA, WETA and a panel of librarian advisors.
-A suite of online resources developed to support local programs.
-Opportunities for partnership with local PBS station(s).
-Invitations to participate in periodic online learning opportunities for grantees.
-Technical and programming support from the ALA Public Programs Office throughout the grant term, including participation in an online discussion list for The Vietnam War project directors and staff.

Term of Contract:

Programs must be scheduled to take place between August 30, 2017, and January 1, 2018.

Institutions must implement at least one program related to The Vietnam War film before January 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All public libraries in the U.S. and U.S. territories are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Award Administration Information:
-Application deadline: August 1, 2017, 11:59 PM (CDT)
-Award notification: August 29, 2017
-Programming Period: August 30, 2017 - January 1, 2018
-Final Report Due: February 1, 2018

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

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If you have questions, contact:

Public Programs Office
American Library Association
1-800-545-2433, ext. 5045

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