Grant Opportunities

State Library Grant Opportunities

Continuing Education Grant Opportunities
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sources of financial assistance supporting continuing education for librarians. Availability and eligibility varies by source.

Other Grant Opportunities

The State Library of Kansas provides this information as a way to alert the library community to grant opportunities. By doing so, we are not endorsing the content, nor promoting any specific product.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers Local Sponsorships and Donations

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The Barnes & Noble Community Relations program supports pre-K-12 schools and not-for-profit arts and literacy organizations. They offer both fundraising programs and donations/sponsorships. Fundraising programs are set up at the store level and inquiries should be directed to the store manager or community relations manager. Proposals for donations or sponsorships should be submitted to the store manager or community relations manager at your local Barnes & Noble.

The Beacon Society Jan Stauber Grant

Deadline: May 1
This grant provides financial assistance to persons and organizations developing literacy programs and other educational experiences that will introduce young people to Sherlock Holmes.

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (NEH)

Deadline: September 11
The National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program awards grants to support the planning stages of innovative projects of benefit to the humanities. Their focus is on projects on digital culture, scholarship, and technology and their impact on the study of the humanities. 

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program

Deadline: Ongoing
The DUC offers books, educational guides, posters, videos, CDs, DVDs and interactive materials about contemporary art, architecture, art history and cultural issues from museums, publishers and individual artists and writers to public schools, libraries, and community centers within the U.S. that are located in either rural or inner-city communities. All DUC materials are new books that have been generously donated to the program by publishers.

Estela and Raul Mora Award

Deadline: August 15
The Estela and Raul Mora Award is presented annually to the most exemplary celebration of El Día de Los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos. Libraries, schools, educational institutions, and other organizations serving youth that plan to implement Día programs are eligible to apply.

First Book

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First Book is a nonprofit that provides new books and educational resources to schools and programs serving children in need, for free and at low cost. Registration is necessary to ensure their books go to organizations serving children from low-income families.

Grants to Educators (NEA Foundation)

Deadline: June 1
The National Education Association awards grants to public school educators, counselors, and support professionals to enhance teaching and learning.

The Lisa Libraries

Deadline: Ongoing
The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas.

Lowe's Community Partners Grants

Deadline: August 29
Do you need to improve your building? Lowe's Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.

Margaret Edwards Teen Collection Development grant

Deadline: December 1
This grant awards $5,000 for a library to use towards improving or expanding its teen collection. Funds may be used for print, non-print and/or digital materials. All personal YALSA members who represent a public library or school library are eligible to apply. Up to four grants will be awarded in 2014. All applicants must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted. A link to the application and more details can be found at

Mazda Foundation Grants

Deadline: July 1
The Mazda Foundation accepts applications for programs promoting education and literacy.

Mockingbird Music Education Grants

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 on music education for children.

Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Deadline: August 31
Museums, Libraries, and Cultural Organizations grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities. Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation.

Rockwell Collins

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Rockwell Collins makes charitable contributions to a variety of nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world. Their giving priorities include education with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and arts and culture with an emphasis on youth development. They believe that by strengthening the quality of education and providing opportunities for youth involvement and leadership, they are helping students prepare for the future.


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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/minority students and academic institutions with ethnically diverse enrollments. Priority considerations is given to organizations serving in or near US communities where Shell has a major presence.


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Do you need technology products for your library? TechSoup's focus is connecting your nonprofit, charity, or public library with tech products and services. Once registered and qualified with TechSoup, libraries can access donated and discounted products and services from partners like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, Intuit, and Symantec.

Teens Teach Tech Grant

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Funding for a Teens Teach Tech program in your community! These programs serve as a series of informational workshops led by teens, meant for older adults to learn how to use modern technological devices. By teaching senior citizens to be comfortable with modern devices, the teens will also be strengthening intergenerational relationships and supporting community development. The grant will provide teens with proper training materials and will aid with promotional advertising for the program, including funding for promotional flyers, print-outs and volunteer staff T-shirts.

USDA- Community Connect Grants

Deadline: July 7
The Community Connect program serves rural communities where broadband service is least likely to be available, but where it can make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for citizens. The projects funded by these grants will help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet.

Wells Fargo

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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.

Wish You Well Foundation

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Nearly 100 million people, half the population of the United States, are unable to read or read at a below-average level. The mission of the Wish You Well Foundation is “Supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.” Donations are made that relate to programs and projects that aid in this stated mission.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation places vulnerable children and their families at the center of everything they do. They want the organizations and policies they support to surround them with integrated programs that address comprehensive needs of children, their families, and communities. They’re interested in funding programs that work within a programming framework for educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and civic engagement.

Westinghouse N-Vision A Brighter Future Grant

Deadline: November 14
Careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are vital to the future. Three schools will be awarded $1,000 to complete a hands-on STEM project by the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Another $2,000 will be granted to each of these school's science department for its needs.