Guidelines

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  • Schools may request grants in the range of $10,000 to $20,000.

  • Funds granted by Beyond Words are in addition to any federal, state or local assistance received.

  • Grants may not be used to supplant money normally budgeted for the school library program.

  • Only the online application will be accepted. No faxed, emailed or printed forms will be accepted. Look over your application carefully before submitting. We recommend you save your content information in your own MS Word file before submitting.

  • Grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

  • To apply for a catastrophic grant you must first apply for the general Beyond Words grant and indicate that you would like to be considered for the catastrophic grant. There is no required additional grant submission once you have qualified for consideration - your initial application is simply placed into the catastrophic review process. Catastrophic grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and awarded annually to those school library programs who qualify during the preceding year.

In order to ensure enough time for proper recognition during the ALA Annual Conference, grants submitted between April 1 and March 31 are reviewed for catastrophic funding. Note that schools who qualify will receive their initial grant funds after the standard review process at time of application and, if approved for catastrophic funds, will receive the remaining balance of $50,000 in the proceeding summer.

  • Applicants will be notified by mail and email within eight weeks of submission.

  • Funds must be expended within 180 days of the awarding of the grant.

  • Within one year, grant recipients will be required to complete a report briefly describing how this grant impacted their school library program.

 

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