The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for grant funding to help them address issues of concern in their communities.
Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment. Grants will be awarded in two waves in 2020 and 2021.
Applications will be accepted from Sept. 21 to Dec. 2, 2020.
- Apply online
- Is your library eligible? Click here to find out
- Watch the pre-application webinar recording
- Project guidelines
- Frequently asked questions
- "ALA to distribute nearly $2 million in grants to help small and rural libraries meet community needs" (ALA News, Sept. 21)
- "APPLY NOW: Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries" (Programming Librarian, Sept. 21)
Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is part of ALA’s longtime commitment to preparing library workers for the expanding role of libraries. The initiative is offered in partnership with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). It is supported by a private donor and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Questions? Contact ALA's Public Programs Office.