- Grants & Discounts
- Grant Opportunities
See this page for 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.
National Center for Family Literacy
NCFL invites communities to join the 60x30 campaign for advancing family learning systems to support equitable communities for generations to come. Readers ready to embark on this work with NCFL can apply for a mini-grant to support costs associated with co-designing an innovative approach to building aligned and coordinated family learning systems in your community.
REFORMA Awards, Grants and Scholarships
REFORMA offers several awards, grants and scholarships for literary works by and library services to Spanish-speaking and Latino communities. They award mini grants for various programs focused on Spanish-speaking and Latino library services and patrons.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Local Sponsorships and Donations
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.
Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program
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.
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.
The Lisa Libraries
The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas.
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.
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
Deadline: Grant Cycle
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.
Wish You Well FoundationDeadline: Continuous
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
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.
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grants
Deadline: February 16 for most applications
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards multiple grants of up to $10,000 per program for adult literacy, summer reading, youth literacy and other grant programs. These grants are awarded annually, generally in the beginning of May. See their website for addition programs and details.
FINRA Foundation Library Grants Program
Deadline: March 1, 2023
This grant program supports public libraries and academic libraries in their efforts to meet financial and/or investor education needs at the community level by providing high-quality education, services, and resources. The program also aims to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in access to personal finance education and information.
Eligibility: Eligibility to apply for this grant is limited to U.S. public libraries and academic libraries at U.S. state or nonprofit higher education institutions. This is a competitive grant program. Submission of a grant application does not guarantee that a grant will be awarded.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mazda Foundation Grants
Deadline: July 1
The Mazda Foundation accepts applications for programs promoting education and literacy.
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.
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.
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 http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/Sd6YhVG0Qbeeg2um7IetcD869