Library Funding

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Federal Grant Programs

Federal Funding (ALA Washington Office) Federal budget/appropriations update, a primer on the budget resolution and the legislative process, and ALA's report on library funding in the U.S.

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Grants The U.S. Department of Education's Improving Literacy through School Libraries (LSL) program promotes comprehensive local strategies to improve student reading achievement by improving school library services and resources. New eligibility data are posted annually. Electronic application is required. Only local education agencies in which at least 20%[1] of students served are from families with incomes below the poverty line are eligible to apply.

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants This groups supports libraries and museum through research and funding. Check this website to see if there are grants available that your library could take advantage of.

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries The goal of the Laura Bush Foundation is to provide print books to the school libraries and students that most need them. The Laura Bush Foundation will make grants of amounts up to $5,000 to school libraries; funds are to be used to update, extend and diversify the book collections of those libraries. All Laura Bush Foundation grants are made to individual schools rather than to school districts, foundations, or other entities. Only one application per school is allowed.

U.S. Department of Education: Forecast of Funding Opportunities Forecast of funding opportunities under the DOE discretionary grant programs.

U.S. Department of Education: Grants & Contracts General link to homepage for funding opportunities from the Department of Education.

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American Library Association Grant Writing Resources This page references books and articles that offer information on grant writing.

Foundation Center Grantmaker Info The Foundation Center provides wealth of information regarding grantwriting and grant opportunities.

Gerding, Stephanie and Pam MacKellar. Library Grants Blog Blog that highlights various awards and grants that are available for school libraries and librarians.

Hall-Ellis, Sylvia and Jann Jerabek. Grants for School Libraries. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2003. ISBN 978-1-59158-079-9. This invaluable handbook provides necessary information to help school libaries and school library systems complete the arduous grant-application process.

MacKellar, Pamela H. and Stephanie K. Gerding. Winning Grants:A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians with Multimedia Tutorials and Grant Development Tools. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2010. ISBN: 9781555707002. Winning Grants is a combination workbook, how-to-manual, and multimedia workshop. Now presented in Neal-Schuman’s newly revised How-To-Do-It series layout, Winning Grants gives you MacKellar’s and Gerding’s combined decades of successful grant-getting techniques in an accessible design so you can master these complex processes more easily.

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News and Information

First Book This group distributes free books to children from low income families.

School Library Funding Updates ALA Public Information Office webpage including contact information, press kit and news feed.

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Private Philanthropy

The American Association of School Librarians Awards and Grants page lists the grants available to member school librarians and school library programs.

Levenson, Stanley. Big Time Fundraising for Today’s Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2007. ISBN 9781412939164. A proactive blueprint, this resource focuses on public responsibility in helping America's public schools become world-class learning institutions. Fundraisers will learn about the entire fundraising spectrum, from corporate, foundation, and government grants, to grants and gifts from individual donors.

Philanthropy News Digest This site alllows grant seekers to identify foundations that are looking for proposals in specific areas related to K-12 education.

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