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Grants for Libraries

MC900433808[1]Literacy Grants for Libraries (Better World Books)

Application deadline: March 31

 Projects should address the literacy needs of under-served populations in their community. Literacy needs are defined by broadly identifying, understanding, interpreting, creating, communicating, and computing information to live a more fulfilling and productive life. Libraries may pitch one project each, with a maximum award of $15,000 per project. Projects that will have a measurable and long-term impact on an under-served population and will continue to operate after grant funds have been utilized will be looked upon favorably. Additional information and application forms are available on their site.

 Master of Library and Information Science Degree Grant (NDSL)

Application deadline: May 31

The North Dakota State Library provides a training grant encouraging North Dakotans to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science degree from an ALA-accredited school (ALA/MLIS) and to work in North Dakota. Applicants must be employed by a North Dakota public school library, a public library, a public academic library, or the State Library. Applicants must be accepted into an ALA/MLIS program prior to the award. Applications may be submitted for a total amount of up to $8,500. To learn more or apply, head to the State Library’s PDF about this grant.

Great River Energy

Application deadline: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15

Great River Energy contributes to organizations in the communities they serve and the communities where their employees live. Awards of $500 to $2500 are given to nonprofit organizations focusing on community service, education, environment, and youth. Contributions in North Dakota are targeted to requesting organizations in Oliver, McLean and Mercer counties. To apply or find further information, visit their Community Contributions site.

Ottertail Power Company

Application deadlines: March 15, June 15, September 15, December 15

Otter Tail Power Company provides financial support for general operating and program expenses to qualifying organizations and activities in the communities they serve. Previous recipients in North Dakota include Lake Region Public Library, Minnewaukan Public Library, and Forman Public Library, and many ND public schools. To determine if you qualify or to apply for a grant, visit their Donations and Grants page.

EBSCO Solar

Application deadline: April 28

EBSCO Solar is a grant program that will fund two $100,000 solar installations at libraries around the world. Solar power is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available. EBSCO believes they can make a critical impact on improving the environment and wants to help libraries make the transition to green power. FAQ’s and the application form are available on EBSCO’s solar site.

 

 

NDLCC Standards Compliance Resource Links

Whether or not you attended one of our recent Summer Summit meetings, I wanted to ensure these resources were readily available and in one convenient location. If you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact your friendly Library Development Specialist here at the North Dakota State Library!

Grants for Libraries

dollar signPenguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation

Application deadline: October 1st

The Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation recognize public libraries creating innovative community-based programs which encourage citizens to participate and support local reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community. One $10,000 grant and four runner-up $1,000 grants will be awarded. Award recipients will also receive $1,000 in Penguin Random House books. Learn more and apply at: http://foundation.penguinrandomhouse.com/libraryawards/guidelines-and-application/

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants

Application deadline: September 26th

Each year, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements at public schools in the United States. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations, and safety improvements. Grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000, though most will be given in the $2,000 to $5,000 range. Additional details and online application available at: http://responsibility.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant/

NTCA Rural Broadband Association’s Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program

Application deadline: October 1st

Communities served by NTCA members can apply for grants that support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America. Grants range from $250 to $5,000. They prioritize projects that foster collaboration among different community agencies and local government, have a long-lasting effect in the community, promote community participation and engagement, and make rural communities a better place to live and work. Find out more and apply here: http://www.frs.org/rural-community-outreach/grant-program

Sony Corporation of America Grants

Application deadline: Ongoing

Sony focuses the majority of its charitable giving on arts, culture, technology, and the environment, with a particular emphasis on education in each of those areas. Sony seeks to apply its financial, technological, and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required at tomorrow’s workforce. Read their guidelines and discover how to apply at: https://www.sony.com/en_us//SCA/social-responsibility/giving-guidelines.html

Shell

Application deadline: Ongoing

Shell supports K-12 programs that boost math 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. Eligibility requirements and application forms are accessible on their site: http://www.shell.us/sustainability/request-for-a-grant-from-shell.html

This article originally appeared in the August, 2016 issue of the State Library’s Flickertale (PDF).

Hooray! Your Library’s a Pokéstop!

Pokestop

The North Dakota State Library is a Pokéstop and your library likely is, too!

Guest post by Shari Mosser, ND State Library

I wanna be the very best. Like no one ever was!

Lately, you might have seen random people outside your library – singly or in groups. The people range in age, background and lifestyles. The only thing in common is that they are usually holding a phone in front of their face. Sometimes they congregate for a half hour or so and then walk (or drive/bike) away. Others will just keep walking by or abruptly switch directions with excited looks on their faces.

These people are probably playing the new, popular, free-to-play game called Pokémon GO! It is so popular it is on the verge of overtaking the daily number of users that are on Twitter. Pokémon GO uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where you are in the game (so real world locations!) and make little “monsters” appear around you. As you move around, different Pokémon appear depending on where you are and what time it is.

The idea of the game is to encourage exploration and travel (i.e. walking) in the real world making it an augmented reality (AR) game. Players actually have to go to the physical location to play. This game is what players have dreamed about since Pokémon came out in the late 90’s. The idea that Pokémon are real and inhabit our world is very enticing.

An Augmented Reality Pidgey lurking in our stacks

An Augmented Reality Pidgey lurking in our stacks.

The game also transforms local landmarks and businesses into Pokéstops and Gyms. Most likely your library is a Pokéstop in the world. This is where players come to refill their necessary supplies (like Pokéballs and other items). Reach out to those players by advertising that you are a stop! Let the players know they can refill and collect valuable Eggs.

Or, you can play along! Then you can set up your stop to lure Pokémon. This means you put out an item (in game) that will increase the amount of Pokémon at your Pokéstop. These Pokémon then can be seen and caught by any player nearby. Use it during a typically slow period of your day to get more foot traffic, and then use your creativity to turn them into a library patron! Drop a lure before your summer reading program as a lead in to your event. Make sure to advertise your lure beforehand to increase participation.

The popularity of this game is exploding. Make that impact a positive one by embracing the game and its players. Pokémon GO could be a memorable experience for you and your patrons!

Now, I’m off to find Mew!

Pokémon, (gotta catch them all) it’s you and me
I know it’s my destiny
Pokémon, oh, you’re my best friend
In a world we must defend

Grants for Libraries

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Best Buy Foundation Community Grants

Application deadline: July 1

The Best Buy Foundation is on a mission to provide teens with places and opportunities to develop technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices. They are provide Community Grants to local and regional (within 50 miles of a Best Buy location) nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills, including: computer programming, digital imaging, music production, robotics, and gaming and mobile app development. The average grant amount is $5,000 and grants will not exceed $10,000. You can review their criteria, take the eligibility quiz, and apply at: https://corporate.bestbuy.com/community-grants-page/

First Book

Application deadline: Ongoing

First Book is a nonprofit providing free and discounted books and educational resources to schools and programs serving children from low-income families. Registration is required to ensure only qualifying organizations participate. Sign up at: http://www.fbmarketplace.org/register

Mazda Foundation

Application deadline: July 1

The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting education and literacy, environmental conservation, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare, and scientific research. Organizations are required to have a 501(c)(3) designation. Find out more and apply here: http://www.mazdafoundation.org/Grant_Guidelines.html

North Dakota Humanities Council Quick Grants

Application deadline: Ongoing

NDHC Quick Grants ($1,500 or less) support direct program costs of humanities projects that bring historical, cultural, or ethical perspectives to bear on issues of interest in our communities. They support events that engage participants in thinking critically, promote better understanding of ourselves and others, are conducted in a spirit of open and informed inquiry, provide multiple viewpoints, and which involve partnerships between community organizations, cultural institutions, and scholars in the humanities. Read their guidelines and apply at: http://www.ndhumanities.org/quick-grants.html

Kinder Morgan Foundation

Application deadline: 10th of each month

The Kinder Morgan Foundation’s mission is to provide today’s youth with opportunities to learn and grow. Their goal is to help today’s science, math, and music students become the engineers, educators, and musicians who will support diverse communities for many years to come. They fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the cities and towns where Kindred Morgan operates. Grants range between $1,000 and $5,000. Eligibility requirements and application forms are accessible on their site: http://www.kindermorgan.com/pages/community/km_foundation_guidelines.aspx

This article originally appeared in the May, 2016 issue of the State Library’s Flickertale (PDF).

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.

 Shell

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).

Grants for Libraries

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Ottertail Power Company

Application deadlines: September 15 and December 15

Otter Tail Power Company provides financial support for general operating and program expenses to qualifying organizations and activities in the communities they serve. Previous recipients in North Dakota include Lake Region Public Library, Minnewaukan Public Library, and Forman Public Library, and many ND public schools. To determine if you qualify or to apply for a grant, visit their Donations and Grants page.

Great River Energy

Application deadline: September 15 and December 15

Great River Energy contributes to organizations in the communities they serve and the communities where their employees live. Awards of $500 to $2500 are given to nonprofit organizations focusing on community service, education, environment, and youth. Contributions in North Dakota are targeted to requesting organizations in Oliver, McLean and Mercer counties. To apply or find further information, visit their Community Contributions site.

Kinder Morgan

Application deadline: the 10th of every month

Kinder Morgan aims to help today’s science, math, and music students become engineers, educators, and musicians. They fund programs that promote the academic and artistic interests of young people in the many cities and towns across North America where they operate. For further information or to apply for a Kinder Morgan grant, visit their foundation guidelines site.

Mockingbird Music Education

Application deadline: August 1

Do you incorporate music in your story times? Have you ever wanted to lend musical instruments? The Mockingbird Foundation offers competitive grants to schools and nonprofit organizations with a programmatic focus of music education for children. Learn more and submit an initial application through their site.

NDLA Professional Development Grant

Application deadline: August 31, 2015

The North Dakota Library Association offers several professional development grants to current NDLA members who have been members for the past two years and reside or are employed in North Dakota. Their grant opportunities include the NDLA Professional Development Grant, the Ron Rudser Memorial Continuing Education Grant, the M. Vivian Hubbard Memorial Grant, and the Mike Jaugstetter Leadership Memorial Grant. Glean additional details about the various grants and their application processes by visiting NDLA’s professional development site.

Screen PBS Documentaries for Free at Your Library

Logo for PBS's POV documentary film seriesPBS allows libraries to register to borrow and screen select documentary DVDs, free of charge. They even have discussion guides, lesson plans and reading lists to accompany these films. New additions to their lending library collection are added each year in association with their POV series. Their 2015 lineup includes The Overnighters, a feature-length award-winning film set in North Dakota’s oilfields. Not convinced? Scope their trailers!

In order for your library to participate, you do need to register in the POV Community Network. Once you register, you will receive an email with an activation link and temporary password. Use these to activate your account. You will then be ready to go–to make requests, you will simply need to log in to your account and click “Create an Event” to register and schedule a screening.

Over 80 high-quality documentary films on sundry topics and of various lengths are currently available to libraries through this program, and more get added each year.

International TableTop Day, 2015

Logo of International TableTop Day featuring cards, dice, spinners, and game piecesInternational TableTop Day lands on April 11th this year, and it’s not too soon to get your library signed up as an event host! It’s free and will be a blast for you and your patrons.

TableTop Day is a celebration of the fans of tabletop gaming. It’s a single day where the world is brought together by the common purpose of spending time together and having fun.

If you have board, card, or other tabletop games at your library, you have everything you need to participate. Whether you already have games or not, it never hurts to acquire more. Visit a local game or hobby shop, or if you don’t have one, a box store and see what new games they have. Complex/European games have been the flavor of choice for some years now–don’t be afraid to dive in and try something new! By adding a few of these to the mix, you can help ensure you’ll have engaging offerings for adults, teens, and children.

If you’re curious, you can learn more about TableTop Day by visiting the official site. If you’re ready to commit, go ahead and create  an official TableTop Day Event and place your library on the map. This will make it easy for gamers to find you!

Outside the Lines: Libraries Reintroduced

Outside the Lines logoThis September, libraries everywhere will once again celebrate Outside the Lines in their local communities. Last year, 178 libraries across the U.S. and Canada participated. This year, let’s help that number grow through increased participation in North Dakota!

Outside the Lines is a way of demonstrating that libraries are more relevant than ever before. It’s about showing people libraries have changed, instead of simply telling them.

Outside the Lines is a week-long celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. It’s about stepping out and engaging the community you serve outside of the building you traditionally serve them in. Whether your organization is large or small, a school library or a public library, you can participate by hosting at least one event or campaign that:

  1. Gets people thinking — and talking — about libraries in a different way
  2. Showcases the library out in the community
  3. Highlights how your library is relevant to people’s lives
  4. Represents your local community
  5. Is active and gets people engaged
  6. Is extraordinary and unexpected
  7. Most importantly, is fun!

Outside the Lines is scheduled for September 13-19, 2015. Registration is not yet live, but you can learn more about the event at their official site or by checking out this Storify of how libraries participated in 2014.