Category Archives: Grants

Grants for Libraries


DEADLINE: JANUARY 10, MARCH 10Kinder Morgan Foundation provides grants in the range of $1,000–$5,000 to nonprofits, public schools, and private schools. The program must benefit youth in grades K–12 with an emphasis on academic or art education programs. Grant money may also be used for capital projects for public libraries only. For more information see

The Reiman Foundation accepts applications for grants with a focus on healthcare, education, the arts, and children. This application has no specific form and allows the applicant to provide the information they believe is most important to showcasing the intended project and the benefit it will provide. For more information see

Applications open January 1 for the North Dakota Council on the Arts grants. Grant applications should focus on establishing ongoing partnerships and collaborations between schools, communities, and other art resources or artists. Grant funds may be used for artist fees, administrative fees, and materials and supplies required for lessons and project implementation. However, the funds may not be used for field-trip-like activities, permanent equipment, or salaries. Matching funds are required.
See the NDCA website for more information:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is offering funding opportunities to strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries with awards that range from $10,000 to $50,000. There are three categories of grants: Transforming School Library Practice, Community Memory, and Digital Inclusion. There are two informational webinars for more information on December 18 and January 9. Please see the IMLS press release for more information:

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has designed a grant
application for small and rural libraries. State Librarian Mary Soucie had the
opportunity to participate in the conversation around creating this grant package.
She encourages our North Dakota Libraries to consider submitting a grant. We
know there is a strong need for support amongst these libraries and we want
to thank IMLS for recognizing the need. A strong showing of applications will
confirm that this grant opportunity is meeting a need. Please contact your Library
Development Specialist, Assistant State Librarian Cindy Clairmont-Schmidt or
State Librarian Mary Soucie for assistance with or to read the grant application.


The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is offering 30 grants for travel to its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition, which will be held November 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. The $750 grants for first-time attendees of the conference are sponsored by Bound To Stay Bound Books. Those interested in applying can access the application at


Grants for Libraries

Dollar signBank of the West’s Charitable Investments Program

Deadline: Ongoing 

Bank of the West supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life, particularly of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Public nonprofit organizations in the following counties are eligible to apply: Cass, Golden Valley, Griggs, Richland, and Stark. Grants are awarded for education and job training as well as for community and economic development.

Visit their site to find out more and to apply:

Midco Foundation

Deadline: TBD

The Midco Foundation provides funding assistance to organizations that advance socially desirable goals in the Midco service area (which includes most of North Dakota from Anamoose to Zap). Eligible projects include facilities improvements, equipment, programs, and special projects, but not operational costs. The Spring 2019 grant application window opens the first week of December. Continue reading

Grant Writing Resources

Writing grant applications/ proposals can be intimidating. Where does one even start? Thankfully, there are many grant writing resources readily available online. Explore the list below to become a more informed and experienced grant writer.

Great places to start:

America Library Association (ALA):

Tips and Tricks:


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GrantSpace is Foundation Center’s learning community for the social sector, providing easy-to-use, self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits worldwide become more viable grant applicants and build strong, sustainable organizations.

Grant writing resources from around the web:

Grants for Libraries – June 2018

Dollar signSony 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 of tomorrow’s workforce. Discover how to apply at:

 SparkFun Community Partnership Program

Application deadline: Ongoing

This program facilitates one-time collaborations between SparkFun and its community partners to support the work of makers in the field. SparkFun supports organizations that support maker values of open source, collaboration, playfulness, learning at all levels, and making the world a better place through the donation of hardware, expertise, or money. Learn more and apply at:

Verizon Community Grants

Application deadline: Ongoing

Verizon’s Community Grant funding priorities are STEM education for K-12 youth and domestic violence education and prevention for youth, women, and older adults. Applications are by invitation only, so you’ll need to contact your local Verizon community relations manager. You can find their contact information and learn more about their grant program at:

 Walmart Community Grant Program

Application deadline: Ongoing

Walmart awards community grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 to K-12 schools, government entities, and other non-profits. One of their eight funding areas is education and they’re seeking to support those the provision of afterschool enrichment, tutoring, and vocational training for low-income individuals and families. Read more about the program and apply at:

Grants for Libraries – February 2018

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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. Continue reading

Grants for Libraries—December 2017

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Deadline: FEBRUARY 1, 2018

The Collaborative School Library Award recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs through joint planning of a program, unit, or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources. Applicants must be a school librarian and teacher(s) who have worked together to execute a project, event, or program to further information literacy, independent learning, and social responsibility using resources of the school library. School librarians must be personal members of AASL in order to be eligible.

For more information and to apply for this grant:

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Grants for Libraries – November 2017

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Bank of the West’s Charitable Investments Program

Deadline: Ongoing

Bank of the West supports nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life, particularly of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Public nonprofit organizations in the following counties are eligible to apply: Cass, Golden Valley, Griggs, Richland, and Stark. Grants are awarded for education and job training as well as for community and economic development.

Visit their site to find out more and to apply:

Coca-Cola Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing

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Grants – Oct., Nov., Dec. 2017


School and Library Grant Opportunities


Grants to Educators (NEA Foundation)

Deadline: October 15, 2017

The NEA Foundation supports new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Their goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures. Funding preference will be given to projects that incorporate STEM and/or global learning.

Find out more and apply at:


English Literacy for New Immigrants

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Vernon Library Supplies will be giving away their 2017 operating profits to libraries and other non-profit organizations with programs designed to help new immigrants achieve English literacy and proficiency.  Grants of up to $5,000 will be given out on December 1 for programs in 2018.

Find out more and apply at:


State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant

Deadline: October 31, 2017

State Farm grants focus on safety, education, and community development. Charitable funding is awarded to educational institutions and eligible nonprofit organizations. Grant amount requested must be $5,000 or more.

Find out more and apply at:


Carnegie-Whitney Grant

Deadline: November 3, 2017

Provides grants for the preparation and publication of popular or scholarly reading lists, indexes, and other bibliographical and library aids that will be useful to users of all types of libraries. Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually and are intended to cover preparation costs appropriate to the development of a useful product, including the cost of research, compilation, and production exclusive of printing.

To find out more or apply, visit their site at:


EBSCO ALA Midwinter Meeting Sponsorship

Deadline: November 6, 2017

This award is designed to allow librarians to attend the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association. The grant provides up to $1,500 in reimbursed expenses. Applicants must be ALA members and currently work as a librarian.

For more information and to apply:


Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant

Deadline: November 10, 2017

The Foundation awards grants to support community-based non-profit organizations. They will consider requests to support museums, schools, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped, and other community-based organizations and their programs. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $20,000.

For more information and to apply:


Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant

Deadline: November 15, 2017

This grant from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries by providing $3,000 in financial assistance. Applicants must be members of ALCS and ALA.

For more information and to apply:


AgriBank Rural Community Grant Fund

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Grants up to $50,000 will be available within the Rural Community Grant Fund to facilitate infrastructure improvement and/or development initiatives encompassing housing projects, health, safety and environmental programs, medical facilities, educational programs and more. Disbursements through this fund are designated for projects and programs in rural communities in western North Dakota.

For more information and to apply:


Baker & Taylor/YALSA Collection Development Grant

Deadline: December 1, 2017

The purpose of this award is to give $1,000 for collection development to public libraries who work directly with young adults (ages 12-18). Applicants must be members of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Find out more and apply here:


Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant

Deadline: December 1, 2017

This award, established by the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), allows librarians with 5 or fewer years of experience in the libraries and archives preservation field to attend the ALA Annual Conference. The award is a $1,250 cash grant to be used toward registration fees, airfare, and lodging.

Find out more and apply here:


Regional Stem Days for Students

Deadline: December 29, 2017

ND STEM is looking to encourage educational entities and business/industry partners to participate in STEM activities and projects for K-12 students. K-12 districts, Area Career and Technology Centers, REA’s, Universities, and other entities who directly impact K-12 education are eligible to apply. Grant requests may not exceed $4,000. Funds may be used for presenter travel and fees, activity supplies, transportation of students, and facility rental, but not to supplant state and local funds nor to fund existing programs.

Find out more and apply here:


Walmart Community Grant Program

Deadline: December 31, 2017

The Walmart Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 to eligible nonprofit organizations that operate on the local level and directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding.

Find out more and apply at:


Awesome Foundation

Deadline: ongoing (15th of each month)

The Cass-Clay Chapter of the Awesome Foundation awards a $1,000 grant each month to those who can demonstrate and deliver great projects to make the Cass-Clay area an even more awesome place to live. The grant cycle ends on the 15th of every month, with an award made the 15th of the following month.

Find out more and apply at:


Enslow Publishing

Deadline: ongoing (1st of each month)

Every month Enslow Publishing selects a winner of their free books contest. The winner may choose $100 worth of Enslow titles. No purchase is necessary. Simply fill out the online form each month for a chance to win.

Find out more and apply at:

Library Grants – August 2017

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Doosan Discovery Grant

Application deadline: September 18, 2017

Doosan Bobcat is offering grants of $500 to accredited middle schools to support STEM Education in communities where it has operating plants or offices (re: Bismarck, Gwinner, Wahpeton, and West Fargo). Projects dealing with science, technology, engineering, or math will be considered. Projects msut be completed during the 2017-2018 academic year. Educators for grades 5-8 are encouraged to apply. Full details and application are available at:

Regional STEM Days for Students

Application deadline: December 29, 2017

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Library Grants – April 2017

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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:

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:

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:

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: