Libraries Lead with Digital Skills

Program Requirements & Application Process

Step 1: Design Your Program

We want to support your library’s programming that in collaboration with PLA and Grow With Google resources in one of two themes:

Step 2: Understand Your Expectations as a Grantee

In order to be eligible for funding, your library must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a public library located in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Host a workshop, event, or program at your library or virtually within 60 days of receiving your acceptance notification.
  • The program must be free of all costs (including deposits) for participants.
  • Include one of the Grow with Google resources in your event.
  • Engage local media and post about your event on social media (before, during, and/or after) using the tags: #LibrariesLead, #GrowWithGoogle, @ALAlibrary.
  • To contribute to the program’s impact on the library profession, you agree to create at least one deliverable such as a blog post, journal article, conference presentation, or video about the implementation of the library’s program so that others in the field can benefit.
  • Submit your completed program recap one week after holding your event or virtual programming.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

Submit your program idea by June 1—we can’t wait to learn from you!

What Happens Next?

Step 4: Receive Pre-Approval

  • Approximately two weeks after your application is received you will be notified if you are approved to receive a $2000 grant. Pre-approval will be sent by email and your grant will be processed as soon as possible.

Step 5: Host Your Program Within 60 Days of Notification of Pre-Approval

  • Review the Event-in-a-Box resources and communications assets to use to develop and market your program.

Step 6: Submit Your Program Recap to Receive Funding

  • Review the recap questions and gather supporting metrics to support your evaluation.
  • You will submit your program recap to PLA within one week of completing your program.

Bonus: Additional $3,000 for Select Libraries!

Once recaps are received, all grantee libraries will be entered into a secondary selection process based on the effectiveness and impact of the programs they implemented, with the goal of rewarding at least one library in each state with an additional $3,000, and additional opportunities for ALA, PLA, and Google to promote your library’s program as a best practice.

PLA will notify you if you are selected to receive this additional award. Questions regarding the application and process should be directed to the Libraries Lead Team at librarieslead@gmail.com.