Sponsored by Marina "Marney" Welmers
|Monetary Amount: up to $2,000
|Deadline: February 1, 2018
Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian, AASL is pleased to offer the Inspire Special Event Grant. The grant opportunity supports a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school. The goal is to provide direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would create new or enhance educational activities in order to engage students with and in the library and to promote reading, books, literacy and authors.
The fund is $10,000 per annum. The direct assistance is capped at $2,000 per grant.
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.
The Inspire Special Event Fund Jury will evaluate the applicant based on the following criteria:
|2017||Jillian Ehlers||Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
Forest Hills, N.Y.
|2017||Susan Kowalski||Pine Grove Middle School
East Syracuse, N.Y.
|2017||Laura Long||Highland School of Technology
|2017||Paul McIntosh||Wadleigh Campus Library
New York, N.Y.
|2017||Debbie Mortensen||Classical Magnet School
|2016||Julie Abeska||West Bloomfield High School
West Bloomfield Township, Mich.
|2016||Catherine Andronik||Brien McMahon High School
|2016||Sara Frey||Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
|2016||Leigh Graham||West Rowan High School
Mount Ulla, N.C.
|2016||Beth van Kan||Graham Park Middle School