Below are the different grants we have heard about, and have had some of our member librarians receive as well. Many of our schools have benefited from these grants, some for multiple years. Click on the name of the grant to learn more about it.
Provides funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations; helps with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for students, who are below grade level, or experiencing difficulty reading.
In order to promote a love of reading, the goal of the Laura Bush Foundation (LBF) provides books to the school libraries and students that most need them.
The Snapdragon Book Foundation provides funds to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children. Grants are awarded to public, private, and experimental schools.
The School District Library Grant Program is designed to help provide more library books and materials for the students of public schools in Illinois. The state legislature has authorized up to a $.75 per pupil expenditure for qualifying schools.
Collection Enhancement Grants support libraries in replacing worn books and adding new books to the collection. They serve to upgrade or increase book collections, e-books, books on CD, and special collections in support of community needs.
Funds are available to eligible publically funded school, public, and academic libraries to provide grants for educational materials in libraries that support efforts to improve literacy and learning.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants are provided by the State Library to assist libraries and library-related agencies develop programs and projects that enhance library services.
Each state has its own LSTA Grants. Grant details are available on the State Libraries’ Web sites.
Summer Reading Grants provide funding to local nonprofit organizations and libraries to help with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs. Programs must target Pre-K through 12th grade students who are new readers, below grade level readers, or readers with learning disabilities.
Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster.
The purposes of The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation are to advance literacy and foster a love of reading among underserved and at-risk children and youth.
The Raskob Foundation is an independent, private Catholic family foundation. Grants and loans are made worldwide for projects and programs associated with the Catholic Church. The Foundation has no official funding priorities. However, the Raskob Foundation takes particular interest in projects in which self-help and local support are demonstrated. Applications to the Foundation are considered on their merits. Need, timeliness, and the good to be accomplished are prime considerations.
The Collaborative School Library Award recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and teachers in meeting goals outlined in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs through joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources.