Grants and Awards
Grant and Awards Program Information
2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
The deadline for the 2014 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant has been extended to Dec. 6, 2013. The grant is open to all types of libraries seeking to share their stories and raise public awareness. The library that develops the best public awareness campaign using the National Library Week theme will be awarded $3,000 to promote its library and library services. All proposals must use the 2014 National Library Week theme, Lives change @ your library, which incorporates The Campaign for America’s Libraries’ @ your library brand, on any and all promotional and publicity material supporting National Library Week activities.
Starbucks Foundation Youth Leadership Grants
The Starbucks Foundation is interested in supporting organizations that equip young people in three areas: business savvy, social conscience, and collaborative communication. Maximum award is $30,000. Eligibility: youth ages 15 to 25 years old. Deadline is December 15, 2013.
National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Awards
The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards program raises awareness among the nation's youth of the critical role that private enterprise and entrepreneurship play in the building of America. Maximum award: $10,000 in tuition assistance. Eligibility: high school seniors. Deadline: December 18, 2013.
Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant
The American Library Association’s Office for Research and Statistics is accepting applications for the Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. The grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people. The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Any ALA member may apply for the grant. The jury would welcome projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 8, 2014.
StudentCam National Video Documentary Competition
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. StudentCam's theme for 2014 is “A Message to the U.S. Congress: What's the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?” Maximum award includes $5,000, plus $750 to spend on digital video equipment for his/her school. Students grades 6-12, individually or in teams, are eligible. Deadline is January 20, 2014.
CareerConnect Grant Program
President Barack Obama announced the launch of Youth CareerConnect, a competitive program that would award as many as 40 grants next year for initiatives intended to overhaul high schools to align students’ skills with industry needs. The grants would support high schools working with institutions of higher education and employers, as well as innovative programs to teach job skills. The deadline for applications is January 27, 2014.
NEA The Big Read
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to restore reading to the center of American culture by providing citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. The initiative includes innovative reading programs in selected cities and towns, comprehensive resources for discussing classic literature, and an extensive website providing comprehensive information on authors and their works. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: literary organizations, libraries, and community organizations across the country. Deadline: January 28, 2014.
Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards
The Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program encourages kids to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. Maximum award is a $10,000 bond per student on winning team. Students K-12 are eligible. Deadline is January 30, 2014.
2014 Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants
Underfunded libraries, schools and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. The grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections. Each year, three organizations are selected that demonstrate need and potential benefit from receiving the collection. All three libraries will receive copies of more than 80 titles submitted for consideration for the 2014 awards. Applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2014, and winners will be announced in late February.
Innovation Generation: Christopher Columbus Awards
The Christopher Columbus Awards is a national, community-based STEM competition for middle school students and teachers looking to make a difference in their community. Working in teams, students identify a problem in the community and apply the scientific method to create an innovative solution. Maximum award: $25,000 grant. Eligibility: schools (grades 6-8) and community groups. Deadline: February 3, 2014.
IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for National Leadership Grants for Libraries. The program supports projects that address challenges faced by the library and archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. The application deadline is February 3, 2014.
Fund for Teachers Grants
The Fund for Teachers offers direct grants to teachers to support summer learning opportunities of their own design. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: teachers grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least 50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and made. Deadline: varies by state.