Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants and More Opportunities | News Bites

Submissions are open for the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation mini-grant proposals and AASL grant opportunities.

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EJK Foundation mini-grants

It’s time to put together proposals for the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation (EJK) Mini-Grants. Educators and public librarians with ideas that “reflect imagination and a desire to make learning fun” could be eligible for one of the approximately 70 grants worth up to $500 each.

Applications are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2020.

“Each year we are amazed at the creativity and dedication of the public school teachers and public librarians who submit Mini-Grant proposals to us. We’re proud to foster their programs and to share their success stories,” Deborah Pope, executive director of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, said in statement announcing this year’s call for proposals. “I encourage all educators who want to put their creativity and new ideas into action to go online and apply for an EJK Mini-Grant now.”

Applicants will learn of the foundation’s decision on their proposal in May.

EJK is dedicated to “supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries across the country,” and since 1987, the EJK Foundation has provided more than $1 million in support of the mini-grant program.

AASL member opportunities

Members of the America Association of School Librarians (AASL) have a couple of grant opportunities with February 1, 2020 deadlines.

The AASL Innovative Reading Grant is for a successful reading project or innovative program that motivates and encourages reading and demonstrates the potential to improve reading in K-9th grade. The program must specifically be designed for that age group in a school library setting. Learn more about the criteria and judging and apply online for the $2,500 grant.

The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries is also accepting submissions for the $3,000 grant plus $2,000 travel stipend to attend the AASL or ALA conference.

The grant provides funding to U.S. public school libraries with a certified school librarian for the creation and implementation of a year-long “local public awareness/marketing campaign that promotes and positions their school library as a necessary resource in the community.” It must also tie in the theme, “Strong School Libraries.”

Read the criteria and judging rubric before applying.

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