Grants for Libraries

dollar signThese grants were also featured in the January issue of the Flickertale newsletter.


Rural Gateways

Deadline: February 15

Rural library staff interested in bringing STEM learning opportunities to adults in their communities can apply for up to $3,500 and access to public program materials, professional development, ongoing programming support, and an online peer-to-peer community. Library staff who participated in Pushing the Limits are not eligible for the Rural Gateways grant, but all other rural libraries should review the application and consider applying for this opportunity.

NEA’s Books Across America

Deadline: January 25

NEA members who are practicing pre-K-12 school librarians, teachers, or education support professionals may apply for one of 100 grants in the amount of $1,000 to fund the purchase of diverse books and reading materials for under resourced school libraries. At least 70 percent of the students in the applicant’s school must be eligible for the free or reduced-price lunch program.

Thinking Money Traveling Exhibit Grant

Deadline: January 29

Thinking Money is a traveling exhibition that will travel to 50 U.S. public libraries between 2016 and 2018. Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun, hands-on activities, the exhibition explores financial themes. In addition to the traveling exhibition for a six-week loan, selected libraries will receive a $1,000 programming allowance; travel and accommodations to attend an orientation workshop at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando; and more.

Rural Trust’s Global Teacher Fellowship Program

Deadline: January 30

The Rural Trust’s Global Teacher Fellowship program awards up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers to support teachers’ participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall following their summer experience. Any K–12 teacher working full-time and teaching at least 60% time in a public rural community classroom can apply for the fellowship. Counselors, media specialists, and other school personnel working or teaching in a public rural school setting at least 60% of their paid work time may also apply. Each applicant much have 4 years teaching experience by the fellowship start date.

AASL Innovative Reading Grant

Deadline: February 1

The AASL Innovative Reading Grant supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers. Up to $2,500 will be awarded to applicants who are personal members of AASL. The reading program must be specifically designed for children (grades K-9) in the school library setting. The program must encourage innovative ways to motivate and involve children in reading. Existing commercial programs will not be considered.

NEA Student Achievement Grants

Deadline: February 1, June 1, October 15

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.


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