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4 Grant Opportunities – May/June deadlines

2012 May 7
by Christina Manz

Program: Banned Books Week event grants
Agency: Freedom to Read Foundation: Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund

Award: $1,000 or $2,500
Deadline: May 11, 2012

Grants will support “Read-Outs” or other activities that celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012). A Banned Books Week Read-Out is an event at which people gather to read from books that have been banned or challenged over the years, to celebrate the freedom to read.

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week. The Freedom to Read Foundation is the First Amendment legal defense affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA).

Questions? Contact Jonathan Kelley at or (800) 545-2433, x4226.

Program: Transforming Collections
Agency: ALA, ALCTS

Award: Two $1,500 microgrants
Eligible: ALCTS members
Deadline: May 15, 2012

The microgrant program is designed to support and encourage innovative practices, emerging technologies and innovation in collections. Microgrants are intended for small projects or research initiatives in support of transforming collections.

Microgrant proposals should include:
* Statement describing how the project or research initiative supports transforming collections.
* Clear and concise description of the project or research initiative.
* Preliminary budget
* Microgrant proposals should be no more than one page in length.

Submit proposals to:
Mary Beth Thomson, Chair
ALCTS Transforming Collections Task Force
Associate Dean for Collections & Technical Services
University of Kentucky Libraries.
1-85 William T. Young Library, Lexington, KY 40506
Tel: 859-257-0500 x2143 or

Program:Children’s books (fiction or non-fiction)

Agency: Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc.
Award: $500 – $3,000 for book purchases
Eligible: Public libraries, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and school libraries
Deadline: June 15, 2012 (Must be postmarked by June 15; hardcopy applications only)

Grants to purchase books published for young people preschool through grade 8. The Foundation provides grants to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need.

Program: Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums

Agencies: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); Urban Libraries Council (ULC); & Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
Award: up to $100,000 for 18 month period
Eligible: Non-profit organizations and units of local government
Deadline: June 15, 2012 (Second round)

These grants will support the planning and designing of up to 30 Learning Labs in libraries and museums throughout the country. The Labs are intended to engage middle- and high-school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.

Grantees will be required to participate, in-person and online, in a community of practice that will provide technical assistance, networking, and cross-project learning. Projects are expected to provide prototypes for the field and be based on current research about digital media and youth learning.

Two Webinars are scheduled for this FY13 Learning Labs program:
Register here for Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 2-3:00 p.m.
Registration will be posted here for Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 1-2:00 p.m.

The ULC/ASTC team will also offer “office hours” to pose final questions closer to the application deadline. The “office hour” schedule for this FY13 Learning Labs program:
Link will be posted here for Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 1-2:00 p.m.
Link will be posted here for Monday, June 11, 2012, 1-2:00 p.m.

 Questions? Contact: Amy Eshleman, Program Leader for Education (ULC) at 312-676-0958 or; or Margaret Glass, Program Manager, Professional Development (ASTC) at 202-783-7200 x129 or; or Allison Boals, Program Specialist (IMLS) at 202-653-4702 or

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