Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant

About the Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grant
The CSK Review Books Donation Grant was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in latchkey, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries.

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Award and Frequency

Approximately 300 books by African American authors and illustrators.
This award is given out on an annual basis.

Eligibility

  • Any agency or institution that serves children or youth can apply for this award. This includes, but is not limited to schools, libraries, social service agencies, community organizations, prisons or detention centers, churches or other religious organizations, and institutions of higher education. A selected institution or agency may receive materials no more than once every five years.
  • Shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the institution or agency selected to receive the materials. These costs typically range from $30-60, depending on the distance from ALA's Chicago headquarters.
  • Materials must be claimed within one month of notification of the donation or they will be donated to the second choice of the award committee. Recipients agree to accept all materials offered.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit a brief follow up report by March 31st of the following year. 

Applicant Responsibility

  1. Shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the institution selected to receive the materials.
  2. Materials must be claimed within one month of notification of the donation or they will be donated to the second choice of the award committee.
  3. Recipients agree to accept all materials offered.

Application Instructions

Completed applications must be received in the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) by February 1, 2018. Recipient(s) of the Book Donation will be announced by the end of March. An online application must be submitted to ALA by the deadline stated above. NO PAPER COPIES ARE ACCEPTED. The call for the grant will be announced in December.

Contact Information

Jody Gray (Staff Liaison, November 2, 2015, to July 1, 2020) - jgray@ala.org
Work Phone: (612) 220-3732
ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services
50 East Huron St
Chicago, IL 60640

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Selection Criteria

Applications will be judged based on:

  • The degree of need in the community (15 points)
  • The demonstrated need of the agency or institution applying for the materials (15 points)
  • The extent to which the materials will improve service to children and youth in the community (20 points)
  • The extent to which the materials will be used to promote positive self-image of African American children and youth and/or broaden the worldview of children and youth (20 points)
  • The clarity and effectiveness of the statement of need (10 points)
  • The clarity and effectiveness of the plan to make the materials available in their community, including the demonstrated ability of the applying institution or agency to implement their proposal (20 points)

A committee appointed by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee Chair will review the applications and based on total number of points, determine the recipient or recipients of the materials. To assure agencies and institutions receive age appropriate books, the committee reserves the right to divide a single grant among two or more agencies or institutions.