Eisner Graphic Novel Grant for Libraries - Innovation Grant
Award and Frequency
Each winning library will receive a grant award of $4,000 to support initiatives that align with the objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries. The grant award will consist of the following:
- $2,000 grant to purchase graphic novels from the distributor-partner (current partner is The Brodart company. Purchase to include cataloging and shipping),
- $1,000 grant to host a graphic novel-themed event at a library or another community location, and
- $1,000 grant to attend the ALA Annual Conference to receive their grant money. This grant can be used towards any of the following: conference registration, transportation, lodging and food.
In addition, from the book publishers and the Eisner Foundation, the winning libraries will also receive the following graphic novels, valued at approximately $3,000:
- The Will Eisner Library: A graphic novel collection of Will Eisner’s work and biographies about Will Eisner comprising approximately 75 books and;
- Graphic novels nominated for the current year’s Will Eisner Awards at Comic-Con International comprising approximately 100 books.
- All applicants must be current members of ALA at the time the application is submitted (personal or organizational).
- The institution can be a school, public, academic or special library and must be located in the United States.
- Existing commercial programs will not be considered.
- Any library or Friends group may submit an application to the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant.
- A library or Friends group may not submit an application to Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant and the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant in the same year.
- Past winners of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Award for Libraries are eligible to receive a Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant.
- No library or Friends group should receive the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant more than two times over the five year period.
- Institutions represented by the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant Jury are eligible to apply, but Committee members must recuse themselves from the discussion and voting or decline the nomination if they have a conflict of interest.
Chosen Grant applicant must agree to take responsibility for organizing a recognition ceremony of their grant in their library. Grant winner will also submit a written follow-up report on their grant proposal detailing the results of event (including a final budget) within 12 months of receipt of the grant funds. We also ask that winners consider presenting a session at ALA Midwinter or Annual Conference about how the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant impacted your graphic novel event or program.
For the Innovation Grant, applicants should submit one complete application - including the application cover sheet and a two-page narrative (no more 750 words), an outline of the planned budget, and timeline. Proposals should outline how the library will use the grant to further public awareness or community engagement with the graphic novel format. Submissions should be sent via email to the ALA Staff Liaison listed below; email subject line should read “2014 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant Proposal” and should be submitted as a MS Word document or as a PDF file.
Work Phone: (312) 280-2152
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788
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The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant Jury will evaluate the applicant based on the following criteria:
- A project plan that includes a timeline, budget, and clarity of purpose
- The identification of the audience for the project and developing a program directed at that audience. The proposed project may be aimed at any audience served by the institution.
- Originality of project and methodology showing a clear link between library objectives and community impact.
- Demonstration of the ability of the applicant(s) to undertake and successfully complete the project
- The potential to generate greater awareness and understanding of comics and graphic novels encouraging and inspiring life-long reading and education
- The quality of the benefits this grant will bring to the community
- The degree to which the applicant's philosophy reflects the spirit of the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and the legacy of Will Eisner himself as an innovator and creator
- Potential for project replication by other libraries
Winner will be notified by phone with a follow-up email with details.