Curiosity Creates Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Curiosity Creates Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Who can apply?

Publicly funded community-based local library systems and branches in the United States are eligible to apply. (includes all 50 states and Puerto Rico)

2. How many grants will be awarded?

Up to 77 grants will be awarded.

3. Will the amount be awarded in a lump sum?

Yes, the full $7,500 grant amount will be awarded to selected programs after receipt of a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) from grant recipients.

4. Can I use the grant to support an existing program?

Yes, the funds may be used to expand the implementation of an already established program and/or to implement a newly developed program.

5. When will the recipients receive the funding?

Funding will be distributed upon receipt of a signed MOU from grant recipients beginning October 2015.

6. When will programs be selected?

Applications are due September 25, 2015. The selection process we begin immediately and grants will be awarded beginning on October 1, 2015. 

7. When are programs expected to begin and end?

Programs are expected to begin on or after October 1, 2015 and end no later than May 31, 2016.

8. Can I use the grant to purchase materials (e.g. building manipulatives, books)


9. Can the children be any age within the 6-14 range?

Yes. In addition, our sponsor has expressed a keen interest in targeting those children around the ages of nine to ten, who may be experiencing a phenomenon commonly referred to as the “fourth grade slump” when children may have difficulty shifting to changing academic expectations. Some describe this as the shift from learning to read to reading to learn.

10. Does the program have to serve children across the entire span of ages 6-14?


11.   What qualifies as “creativity programming”?

A program that encourages children to explore, seek problem and create solutions is what we would like to support. For guidance and inspiration, please refer to this new white paper from the Center for Childhood Creativity – the research division of the Bay Area Discovery Museum Center for Childhood Creativity. Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children establishes a bold new framework of 7 key skills for building creativity in children. Synthesizing more than 150 studies from various academic fields, the paper finds that not only can creativity be cultivated, but there is a clear path to doing so. While young children are inherently creative, the development of long-term creative potential is determined by environment and experience. The paper asserts a new framework of 7 key skills associated with creativity, summarizes relevant empirical research related to each skill and provides practical tips and sample activities to promote the skill in children ages 6-14. 

12.   What are the reporting requirements?

Recipients are required to submit a final report on grant activities and program outcomes by June 3, 2016. An evaluation form will be provided.

13.   Who is funding the grants?

The Curiosity Creates grant is being funded by a generous donation from Disney.

14.   Who selects the grant recipients?

The selection panel will include an interdisciplinary team of ALSC members appointed by ALSC president Andrew Medlar.

15.   Are State Libraries eligible to apply?

We hope State Libraries will help spread the word of this grant opportunity to local library systems and branches about the opportunity, but State Libraries themselves are not eligible to apply for this grant.

16.   Can we combine donations from “Friends of” groups, library foundation, and individual donors with funds from this grant to support our program?

Local support from non-profits and the provision of in-kind gifts including materials and/or food are acceptable. The Donor is the sole corporate sponsor of the program.  ALSC will give preference to programs that are not already receiving support for the proposed grant-sponsored program from other for-profit donors, including corporations and/or their corporate foundations.  

17.   Are Tribal Libraries eligible to apply?

Yes, Tribal Libraries are eligible and strongly encouraged to apply, as an important component of the grant is reaching diverse populations and underserved areas to increase opportunities for creativity programming.

18.    When are applications due?

Applications are due by 7:00p.m. EST on Friday, September 25, 2015

19.    Can programs begin after October?

Yes, you can choose to start your program at any time after Oct 1 (and before May 31) as long as you complete the application accordingly. For instance, if you indicate in your application that you will have one event that will take place in February, you would use February as your program start date. You would still receive the grant funds in October to begin purchasing the necessary materials, collaborating with community partners, etc. Alternatively, if your application states that you will begin your program in October, the expectation would be that children would begin participating in the program in October.