LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund

Application for Assistance


Applications for aid should be sent to:

Trustees
LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund
50 East Huron
Chicago, IL 60611

800-545-2433, ext. 4226
E-mail: merrittfund@ala.org

 PDF version of application |Word version of application

The Merritt Fund is devoted to the support, maintenance, medical care, and welfare of librarians who, in the Trustees’ opinion, are:

  • Denied employment rights or discriminated against on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, or place of national origin; or
  • Denied employment rights because of defense of intellectual freedom; that is, threatened with loss of employment or discharged because of their stand for the cause of intellectual freedom, including promotion of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the freedom of librarians to select items for their collections from all the world’s written and recorded information, and defense of privacy rights.

Notes on Merritt Fund Grants

Applications for assistance are strictly confidential, as are the identities of grant recipients.

The Merritt Fund trustees ask that recipients repay their grant to the Merritt Fund at such point that their financial situation allows them to do so.  This way, the Merritt Fund is able to continue to help librarians in need despite limited resources.

It is devoted to the support, maintenance, medical care, and welfare of librarians who, in the Trustees’ opinion, are:

  • Denied employment rights or discriminated against on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, or place of national origin; or
  • Denied employment rights because of defense of intellectual freedom; that is, threatened with loss of employment or discharged because of their stand for the cause of intellectual freedom, including promotion of freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the freedom of librarians to select items for their collections from all the world’s written and recorded information, and defense of privacy rights.

 


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