Early January Grant Deadlines

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Don’t miss these three grant opportunities for public libraries which have early January 2018 deadlines: the YALSA/Dollar General Summer Learning Grant, the YALSA/Dollar General Teen Summer Intern Grant, and Round Six of the ALA/Dollar General American Dream Literacy Initiative. The YALSA applications are due on January 1, 2018 and the American Dream application is due January 2, 2018.

The two YALSA opportunities particularly focus on the efforts of libraries to help prevent the “summer slide.” Individual library branches within a larger system may apply for these opportunities. Eligibility requirements include personal membership in YALSA and the library’s geographic location within 20 miles of a Dollar General store. Questions about each grant may be emailed to Taylor Crossley at tcrossley@ala.org.

YALSA’s Summer Learning Grant will award 20 libraries $1,000 each to help them “purchase resources or provide services to bolster their teen summer learning program. The program must support teens who speak English as a second language, teens in socioeconomically challenged communities and/or teens who are at risk of failing school.” The online application includes five narrative questions requiring responses of 250 words or less, such as a description of how the grant funds will be used to meet the specific educational and recreational needs and interests of the targeted teen audience (as identified by the applicant). The application also requires a budget template (see the bottom of the link for the form) which must be completed and uploaded to the online application. See the YALSA Blog for an example of a Summer Learning Grantee in 2017, the Pemberton Community Library, a branch of the Burlington County Library System.

YALSA’s Teen Summer Intern Grant offers $1,000 to each of 20 libraries to support their hiring of summer teen interns to assist with summer reading activities. Funds can be used for intern stipends, trainings or other intern related activities. The online application includes six narrative questions requiring responses of 250 words or less, such as, “What role do you envision teen interns playing in helping to plan, implement and evaluate the summer learning program?” As the Summer Learning Grant requires, the Teen Summer Intern Grant application also requires a budget template (see the bottom of the link for the form). See the YALSA Blog for an example of a Teen Summer Learning Grantee in 2017, the Old Bridge Public Library.

The American Library Association is soliciting applications for Round Six of the American Dream Literacy Initiative grant opportunity, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. This grant will “help public libraries in Dollar General communities add or expand literacy services for adult English language learners and/or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.” Funded libraries will receive a one-time grant of $10,000 to develop collections and services for adult learners and/or expand existing programs, add services and foster community partnerships. See the requirements and guidelines page for a link to the online application and contact information for questions about the grant program. Several New Jersey libraries were awarded grants during Round Five of the initiative.







About Eileen Morales

Throughout my career, I've helped museums and libraries in New York and New Jersey find funding sources for new projects. My favorite projects have utilized new technologies to increase public access to the photographs, diaries, and everyday objects that are not usually on display. My position as Grants Manager at the New Jersey State Library includes outreach to New Jersey libraries involved in the grant-seeking process. Email me at emorales@njstatelib.org.