Apply for the 2019 YALSA/DGLF Digital Equipment Grant

For Immediate Release
Fri, 04/12/2019


Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has opened the application for its YALSA/DGLF Digital Equipment Grant.

The grant is made possible through generous funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The purpose of the grants is to provide libraries in need with funds to purchase digital equipment (video cameras, filming equipment, iPads, etc) for teens to use at the library.

Ten grants, worth $1,000 each, will be awarded to libraries to purchase digital equipment that will help them engage and attract teens to the library.

Interested applicants are invited to apply if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a YALSA member at the time the application is submitted and throughout the grant implementation process (not a member? Join here)
  • Library must be within 20 miles of a Dollar General store
  • The digital equipment purchased must be made available for use by all teens in their community

Eligible applicants can apply now through May 15. Recipients will be notified during the week of June 17. For information about joining YALSA, visit YALSA/ALA membership starts at $65 per year.

For years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided Youth Literacy Grants to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in hopes to provide assistance in implementing and expanding literacy programs for youth. For more information about Dollar General and its Youth Literacy Grants, visit

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: