State Library and LibraryLinkNJ Announce Grant Opportunity for Public and School Library Partners


The New Jersey State Library (NJSL) and LibraryLinkNJ (LLNJ) are pleased to announce the Mobile Mini-Makerspace Kits for Public and School Library Partners grant opportunity.

librarylinkgrantaugThrough this competitive grant program, NJSL and LLNJ will help fund three mobile mini-makerspace kits for joint use by a partnering public library/branch and public school library (Kindergarten – Grade 8) at a maximum amount of $7,500 per award.

With this funding opportunity, the NJSL and LLNJ seek to support science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM)-based learning in both informal and formal learning environments, to foster cooperative relationships between partnering public and school libraries on the local level, and to leverage available funding for specialized equipment, supplies, and materials. This funding opportunity seeks to spark the imagination of the students; serve to broaden the curriculum development, as well as strengthen their engagement in the learning process.

The focus of this initiative is on small communities, (current population of less than 15,000) in an effort to strengthen the connection between a public library/branch and a public school library while reinforcing their shared role of providing school, student, and community support. At the time of application, neither the public library/branch nor the public school library may have an extant mobile mini-makerspace kit nor have a dedicated makerspace.

Applicant libraries (one public/branch library as the lead applicant), with the partnering public school library, will be required to develop programming and curriculum ideas for the mobile mini-makerspace kit and provide a plan for the logistics of their joint use of the mobile mini-makerspace kit.

The application deadline is November 1, 2016. The complete grant guidelines and application are available on the New Jersey State Library’s website: Questions regarding this grant opportunity may be directed to Sharon Rawlins, MLS, Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning, New Jersey State Library, via email: or phone: 609-278-2640 ext. 116 or to Eileen Morales, Grants Manager, New Jersey State Library, via email: or phone: 609-278-2640 ext. 105.

About Tiffany McClary

Tiffany McClary is the Director of Communications, Marketing & Outreach for the New Jersey State Library. She coordinates marketing and public relations initiatives in order to enhance the reputation of the State Library, and promote the value of NJ libraries and the services and programs that they provide to residents.