Sponsored by Marina "Marney" Welmers
|Monetary Amount: Varies
Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian, AASL is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to help and support a pre-existing public middle or high school library—led by a certified school librarian—that has incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism or provides funding to a middle or high school public school that has been impacted through an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.
The Fund is $30,000 per year. Final grant amounts to the applicant will be dependent on a number of variables including: total number of applicants, geographic distribution, and total unmet need. The Jury will determine the final grant amount.
The application includes a two-page narrative that allows the applicant to describe their need and how they will use the funds. The following documentation is required with the two-page narrative: a project plan that includes a timeline, the number of students the grant will reach, a list of key staff involved in the grant plus a short biography of each, and an itemized budget.
The recipient must agree to deliver a final report within twelve months of receipt of the grant money. If photographs or images are part of the report, the school must include digital copies (300 dpi images or higher) of all release-signed photographs. These reports can be posted, with permission of the recipient, to the AASL website, and to any other ALA website/webpage or ALA publication as requested by ALA.
By becoming a recipient, the middle or high school library enters into an agreement with AASL. As a recipient, it is expected that the applicant complete the following:
The Inspire Disaster Recovery Fund Jury will evaluate the applicant based on the following criteria: