Are You Looking for Library Grants & Funding?

When I was a child, I loved going to libraries. I remember asking my mom repeatedly if we could go to the library again, so I could check out a new book. These numerous trips to the library served to kick-start my love for reading and learning.

Just as these places of learning have been influential in my life, libraries have also proven to be irreplaceable to many other children and adults. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries have been a great resource for people stuck in isolation.

Most libraries had to close during the health crisis; however, many libraries stepped up their online services and provided virtual programming as an alternative. Libraries offered people a way to escape for a bit from the current situation of the world and to continue learning and growing during such tough times.

“Libraries kept Americans connected in ways that brought our communities closer,” said Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., the American Library Association president. “Buildings may not have been open, but libraries were never closed.”

Now that I am older, I want everyone to be able to have the same opportunity I did. This starts with making sure libraries have the funding they need to continue to operate.

Grants are a great resource for libraries in need of additional help. As a lover of books and libraries, I am proud to work for an organization like GrantWatch. This site works diligently to locate grants that promote literacy and support libraries.

Top 10 Library Grants

  1. Grants of up to $3,000 are open to nonprofits, public schools, and libraries to purchase books for mobile lending libraries serving underrepresented children.
  2. In-kind donations of new books valued at $800 are available to libraries in rural areas that have been impacted by natural disasters.
  3. There are also in-kind grants of new children’s books for public and tribal libraries in rural areas.
  4. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to USA, Canada, and International individuals, libraries, and organizations to compile scholarly library resource lists.
  5. Opportunities exist for librarians and library workers to receive professional development training to improve public access to health information.
  6. There are also opportunities for library staff to receive training to prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies.
  7. USA and territories library workers and LIS students can participate in a data service training program through this grant.
  8. In addition, grants of up to $1,000 are open to New Mexico libraries and library-associated nonprofits to enhance library services.
  9. Grants of up to $750 are available to Michigan nonprofits, schools, book clubs, and libraries for projects that promote reading.
  10. Finally, there are grants to New York public library systems and public libraries for capital expenses. Funding is for the purchase of equipment and furnishings, broadband infrastructure, site or building acquisition, construction or renovation of library buildings, signage, and assistive listening devices.

GrantNews Notes

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