Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Here are some upcoming grant opportunities for those working with youth in libraries or other community organizations.

The National Book Foundation awards a number of prizes in its Innovations in Reading program of up to $2,500 each to individuals and institutions–or partnerships between the two–that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. Applications must be postmarked by February 17. Last year’s winners include Maricopa County Library District for dropping Dewey and the awesome teen girl book community, readergirlz.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation offers a number of reading-related grants. Its Summer Reading Grants provide funding to help with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs that target Pre-K through 12th grade students who are new readers, below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities. Applicants may request up to $3,000. The deadline to apply is February 25.

The 6th Annual Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians provide up to $1,000. One grant will be given to a teacher and another to a librarian for proposals to develop new classroom or library programs that raise awareness of multicultural literature among young people, particularly but not exclusively, through the works of Virginia Hamilton. The application deadline is February 28.

The American Library Association’s Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. This year’s proposals proposals must address one of three identified topics: Upward Mobility of Library Leaders from Underrepresented Population; Information Services and Collections for Diverse Children and Young Adults; or Libraries and the Meaning of Multiculturalism. Applicants must be current ALA members. Applications are due by April 30.

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

Here are some upcoming grant opportunities for those working with youth in libraries or other community organizations.

Coming Up Taller Awards, sponsored by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, honor extracurricular arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. Programs must be regularly scheduled and have been operational for at least five years. Last year, a Teen Advisory Group from the City of Willcox, Elsie S. Hogan Community Library in Arizona won an award. Award recipients receive $10,000 each, an individualized plaque, and an invitation to attend the annual Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference. Nomination applications are due January 29, 2010.

Miley Cyrus and Youth Service America have teamed up to create Get Ur Good On, a social network for youth to encourage community service. The network is awarding 100 $500 Get Ur Good On grants to youth-led service projects on Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, 2010. Projects should address important community needs such as poverty, education, and environmental sustainability. Applications are due February 22, 2010.

The Gannett Foundation supports local organizations in communities served by Gannett newspapers and broadcast stations through community action grants. Grant priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. Applications are due to local offices by February 16 or August 17.