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There are many opportunities for grants and monetary awards for school and public libraries and educators in this edition of NewsBites.


Strengthening Library Communities Through Minigrants

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting online applications for the Strengthening Communities Through Libraries Minigrants , made possible through a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

ALSC will award 14 $5,000 minigrants to members in public libraries. Proposals, due Nov. 9, should include programs focused on strengthening community opportunities for STEAM learning during school breaks. The deadline to apply is Nov. 9.

The organization will also develop supplemental resources that will be made widely available to support the afterschool programming in libraries and other community organizations.

Recipient libraries must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General location. For more information: ALSC’s Grants and Corporate Partnerships page.


National Friends of Libraries Week Award

United for Libraries coordinated the 13th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27. Two Friends of libraries groups that celebrated with events can now receive the National Friends of Libraries Week Award , worth $250 each, in honor of their related activities.

Applications must include a one- to two-page summary of all the events and efforts they hosted in conjunction with the week. Judging will be based on creativity and innovation; the involvement of Friends, library staff, Trustees, and/or advisory committees; recognition of the Friends group; and the promotion of Friends group to the community, school, students, and/or faculty.

Applications are due Dec. 4 and applicants will be notified of their status by Dec. 18. For more information: .


Light the Way Grant

The ALSC and the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) are now accepting online applications for the 2018 ALSC/Candlewick Press Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant will go to a library that shows exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already in progress.

Applications should include goals, measures of success, a timeline (with steps taken), and note how the project will be documented. They should also provide a description of the community served—including an economic and demographic profile—and detail community benefits, outreach, and the participants involved in promoting the program.

Applicants must be members of the American Library Association. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 1. For more information: ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way” Grant .

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is now accepting submissions from teachers and librarians across the country for its annual mini-grant program . The foundation is looking for creative and innovative classroom or community programming on any subject that can be fully funded by the grant. The programming must help students meet curricular goals, while making learning fun.

Approximately 70 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to teachers and librarians at public schools, public libraries, preschools, and Head Start programs. Submission deadline is March 31, 2019. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants in May.

For more information:


Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. The grants will go to three underfunded libraries, schools, and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children. The program was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools, underfunded libraries, and other community organizations.

Applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2019, and winners will be announced by late March. For more information and to apply:


AASL Conference Travel Grants

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition in Louisville Nov. 14-16, 2019.

The $750 grants for first-time attendees are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books. Application deadline is Feb. 1, 2019. For information and to apply: .


Follett Challenge

The Follett Challenge is looking for teachers and librarians with an “incredible program that is changing the way you teach and your students learn.”

The Challenge is open to all educators—librarians, library media specialists, classroom teachers, specialty teachers, administrators, technology specialists, and PTAs in K-12 schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Applicants must complete an online questionnaire and submit a video. Submissions must demonstrate how the program prepares students for 21st-century demands and the three to five minute video must showcase the program’s positive impact on the school.

Thirteen prizes will be awarded. Ten educators will receive $8,000 in Follett products and services; three semi-finalists (one elementary, one middle, and one high school) will receive $30,000 in Follett products and services; and one grand prize winner (chosen from the semifinalists) will pocket an additional $30,000 in products and services (for a total of $60,000). The deadline for submissions is Dec. 14 at 12 pm CST. For more information or to apply:

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