Romance Writers of America Library Grant

Presented by the Public Library Association and the Romance Writers of America. To submit an application for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.

Purpose and Criteria

The Romance Writers of America Library Grant is designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. The grant consists of $4,500 to be used toward the purchase of romance fiction, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses.

Eligibility

Any size public library.

2014 Recipient

Red Wing (Minn.) Public Library

Past Recipients

  • 2013 Hazel W. Guilford Memorial Library, Aurora, N.C.
  • 2012 Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library
  • 2011 Costa Mesa (Calif.)/Donald Dugan Library
  • 2010 Huntsville-Madison County (Ala.) Public Library

Selection Criteria

Any size public library. Library must demonstrate a plan or examples for use of the funds, such as hosting a system-wide training day on the romance genre, buying romance novels for the library collection, creating readers advisory materials on the genre and/or hosting romance fiction oriented programs. The library shows a desire to improve awareness of the romance genre in the library. Priority will be given to: Libraries with a financial need or in disaster recovery areas looking to rebuild their romance fiction collections.

Number and Frequency of Grant

Only one public library shall receive this annual grant. No grant shall be given if applicants do not meet the grant criteria.

Form and Donor

The grant will consist of $4,500 cash award from the Romance Writers of America.

How to Apply

To submit an application for this award, please visit the PLA Awards Online Application.

PLA will forward the applications to the current chair of the Romance Writers of America Library Grant Jury. PLA reserves the right to extend the application deadline.