ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant

Current Light the Way Grant Winner
Previous Light the Way Grant Winners


The ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant was formed in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, and the themes represented in her books.  The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.

The  ALSC Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee will select the winner of this award based on an application process. Special population children may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who speak English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who live in foster care settings, those who are in the juvenile justice system, those who live in gay and lesbian families, those who have teen parents, and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs. The winner of this award will be announced at ALA's Midwinter Meeting.

How to apply

The ALSC Libary Service to Underserved Children and their Caregivers committee will be accepting online applications for the 2017 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" grant on Oct. 1, 2017. Applications and supporting materials are due by December 1, 2017.
To apply, please complete the following steps:
  • Review the paper application before submitting electronically [Paper Application--PDF]
  • Please do not fill out and submit the application until you have all the necessary materials to complete your application, including the Grant Signature Form. [Grant Signature Form--Download Here
  • Contact the chairs of the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship committee, Eva Thaler-Sroussi or Jason Driver, with questions at

Announcement of winners

Winners will be announced via a press release on the ALSC website in February/March.

Committee Resources

Light the Way Grant Committee Manual