From the desk of Alissa Adams, School Library Technology Coordinator…Recently I've received several inquiries about grants for school libraries so I'd thought I'd share a few tidbits that could apply to other types of libraries too.
First, all of the resources listed below are curated on my Grants for Libraries Collection.
I’ll start with a local-to-SD State Library source: Brenda Hemmelman and Kathleen Slocum are the SD State Library's go-to grant people. They offer a free, two hour Find the Money, Get the Grant training which includes basic information on how to write a grant, data resources for grant applications, websites with helpful information, and a demo of the Foundation Directory Online Database. Plus, they've curated resources and compiled them in the SDSL LibGuides here.
Also, the South Dakota State Library is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. As such, it offers free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database: Foundation Directory Online Professional.
IN SOUTH DAKOTA…For state and regional library association professional development grants visit:
The South Dakota the SD Dept. of Education offers the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant which would be one that a school librarian could apply for with the intent to establish or expand the library as a community learning center in high-poverty or Title 1 school-wide schools. This could be used in conjunction with a public library.
Another local option is the Young Readers One Book South Dakota with the South Dakota Humanities Council. The Council does quite a bit of work in the areas of literacy and enrichment.
Check out the South Dakota Community Foundation and think about how you could partner with your local community to offer outreach and educational services through your library.
Don't forget about any opportunities local to your city/town. Some towns have specific education foundations while some also have various community foundations like the Optimists Club. And lastly, local and national businesses are handy sources especially if you're doing programming and are in need of supplies.
- First Book: firstbook.org
- Open eBooks: openebooks.net
- National Endowment for the Arts: arts.gov/grants
- A complete listing of grants via ALA (for funding, professional development, travel, research, etc.)
Publishers often offer grants and avenues for freebies. Here are a few:
- Scholastic: scholastic.com/librarians/programs/grants
- Permabound: perma-bound.com/grants-and-funding
- Follett: follettlearning.com/about-us/grants-and-funding
- MackinVia: mackin.com/hq/resources/grant-channel
- Capstone: capstonepub.com/library/digital/capstone-interactive-grant