Libraries are champions of lifelong learning — places to quench curiosities, access technology, and explore new ideas, hobbies and careers.
But extraordinary library programs — the type of library programs our communities need and deserve — require funding and training that some libraries struggle to afford.
Created by the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) supports excellence and innovation in community-focused library programming.
With the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the fund has grown to $2 million, providing crucial support for:
- grants and awards that recognize excellence and promote innovation in library programming and community engagement
- professional development opportunities, both in-person and online, for library workers at libraries of all types
- ProgrammingLibrarian.org, ALA's online community dedicated to library programs
Please join our network of CCF supporters — including more than 500 library professionals, foundations and corporations — by making a tax-deductible contribution today.
NOTE: To designate your gift to ALA's Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change or another initiative, please place a note under "Add a tribute or memorial to my donation" in the "Donate Now" platform linked below. Thank you!
Recognizing Peggy Barber
Gifts made to the Cultural Communities Fund in 2019-2020 were accepted in memory of Margaret "Peggy" Barber, a transformative leader in ALA and the library field who was behind the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series.
Peggy passed away on August 25, 2019. Read Library Journal's tribute.
Friends have established a Peggy Barber tribute fund within ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, which Peggy was instrumental in creating to support cultural programs in libraries. These funds created the Peggy Barber Tribute Grant for Libraries, which recognizes and funds outstanding cultural programming in libraries. Learn how your library can apply.
Thank you to the generous supporters who made the Peggy Barber Tribute Grant possible. Make a donation.
This page is brought to you by the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office.