Candlewick Light the Way Grant

About the Candlewick Light the Way Grant
The “Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved” grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

A $3000 grant will be awarded to a library with exceptional outreach to underserved populations.

This award is given out on an annual basis.

Applicant Responsibility

The winner will submit a midpoint evaluation to the LSSPCC Committee by December 30 of the following year. The midpoint evaluation will ask the winner to note what steps have been taken thus far in the grant project, describe any difficulties or changes that need to be made, and to make any other relevant comments.

An evaluation must be submitted to the LSSPCC Committee by June 30 two years after the award year. This report will include information about the completed project, as well as publicity, the annual budget, testimonials, etc.

Application Instructions

Please fill out the online application located on the ALSC website.

Contact Information

Mr. Jason Miles Driver, Sr. (Co-Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Erin Lovelace (Co-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Courtney Jones (Staff Liaison, September 21, 2018, to September 21, 2021) -
Work Phone: (312) 280-5839
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788

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Selection Criteria

Special population children and their caregivers; these may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who are speaking English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who are in non-traditional family settings (such as teen parents, foster children, children in the juvenile justice system, and children in gay and lesbian families), and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs.

The successful grant applicant will describe a program or service that will address one or more of the above special populations. The winning project should be well thought-out, doable, appropriate to the target population, and easily replicated by other libraries.