Grants for Libraries

dollar signBNSF Railway Foundation

Application deadline: Ongoing

The BNSF Railway Foundation has helped improve the quality of life for thousands of communities across the 28 states through which BNSF operates and where BNSF employees live, work, and volunteer. As the corporation’s assets have grown, so has their Foundation’s commitment to giving and supporting communities. Focuses included civic, cultural, educational, and youth organizations. For more information, visit the grants section of their programs page; you can apply for a grant from them here.

 Digital Humanities Startup Grants (NEH)

Application deadline: September 16, 2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program awards grants to support the planning stages of digital projects that promise to benefit the humanities. The program supports both new projects in early stages of development and efforts to reinvigorate existing or dormant projects in innovative ways. Further information is available here.

 Margaret Edwards Collection Development Grant (YALSA)

Application deadline: November 1, 2015

This grant awards $5,000 for a library to use towards improving or expanding the services and programs it provides to help teens master text-based literacies. Funds may be used to provide new or support on-going successful programs. All personal YALSA members who represent a public library or school library are eligible to apply. Up to five grants will be awarded in 2015. Read the criteria and submit your application here.


Application deadline: Ongoing

Shell supports K-12 programs that boost bath and science skills. They are especially interested in supporting educational outreach in math, science, and technology to women and minority students and academic institutions with ethnically diverse enrollments. Priority consideration is given to organizations serving in or near US communities where Shell has a major presence. To learn more or to apply for a grant, visit their Request for a Grant from Shell page.

Wells Fargo

Application deadline: Ongoing

Wells Fargo supports organizations that work to strengthen communities. They look for projects that keep communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. They strive to assist communities by supporting non-profit organizations that provide human services, community development, educational, artistic, cultural, civic, and environmental programs. To discover if you qualify or to apply for a grant, check out their guidelines for corporate giving within North Dakota.

This article originally appeared in the August, 2015 issue of the State Library’s Flickertale (PDF).


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