Grants for Libraries

dollar signThese grant opportunities were also featured in the April issue of the Flickertale newsletter.



Lois Lenski Covey Foundation

Deadline: May 29

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation annually awards grants to libraries for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8. School libraries, non-traditional libraries operated by charitable [501(c)(3)] and other non-taxable agencies, and bookmobile programs are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need.

James Patterson’s $1.25 Million Pledge to Libraries

Deadline: May 31

James Patterson is offering school libraries a total of $1.25 million in grants, which will be available in awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. All schools in the U.S. that serve students from Pre-K through 12th grade are eligible. Applications can be made by principals, teachers, librarians, parents, administrators, and students, but they must always be made on behalf of a school.

Pathways Within – Roads to Reading Initiative

Deadline: September 25

This grant provides books for circulation and story time in school and public libraries, remedial reading programs in schools, afterschool programs and community centers. Their giving preference is for programs that provide remedial reading instruction that are structured and libraries in small communities.

North Dakota Humanities Council Dakota Discussion Grants

Deadline: January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1

Dakota Discussions Grants support program costs (up to $2,000) of humanities-based book and/or film discussion projects. Grant awards are based on the quality of books and/or films selected and their ability to fulfill the NDHC’s mission and vision. The goal of the Dakota Discussions program is to create spaces that encourage the exchange of ideas. Any nonprofit organization in North Dakota may apply, including schools, churches, community service groups, museums, historical societies, libraries, colleges, governmental or tribal entities, and ad hoc groups formed for the purpose of a specific project. It is not necessary for the sponsor to be incorporated or to have tax-exempt status. Preference will be given to underserved, rural communities. All awards must be matched by cash or in-kind contributions.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative

Deadline: Ongoing

Basin Electric Basin Electric and its subsidiaries are community-focused. Each year their Charitable Giving Program donations are dispersed in the Basin membership’s nine-state service territory. Basin focuses on the following categories for contributions: Education, Health and Human Services, Civic and Community Betterment, Cultural and Arts.


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