REFORMA conference program explores ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ grant opportunity

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/10/2015


Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

ALA Public Programs Office


CHICAGO — Attendees at the REFORMA National Conference V will receive information and advice about applying for Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a grant opportunity offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA).

The conference runs April 1 to 4 at the OMNI Hotel in San Diego. The program, “NEH’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History – Planning Your Grant Proposal and Program Series,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 in Salon D.

Program attendees will leave with new ideas for submitting a competitive proposal for a $3,000 to $10,000 programming grant. They will also brainstorm programming ideas with colleagues and have an opportunity to pose questions to grant administrators.

Conference registration is open at

Announced in February, NEH’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grants will support the American public’s exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos. The cornerstone of the project is the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film LATINO AMERICANS, created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at

Two hundred selected sites will receive the LATINO AMERICANS DVD set with public performance rights and cash grants to hold public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, multi-media projects, performances and other programs about Latino history and culture.

The grant opportunity is open to public, academic and community college libraries; museums; community organizations and youth groups; state humanities councils; public television and radio affiliate stations; and other educational and cultural institutions.

The application deadline is May 1. Read the guidelines and apply online at

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

About ALA’s Public Programs Office

ALA’s Public Programs Office provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities that help thousands of librarians nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult and family audiences. The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to promote cultural programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries. Projects include book and film discussion series, literary and cultural programs featuring authors and artists, professional development opportunities and traveling exhibitions. School, public, academic and special libraries nationwide benefit from the office’s programming initiatives.


Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.