Great Stories CLUB Application Instructions


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( Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens and Books)


Application Outline

The online application will contain the following sections:

Page 1:  Application Cover Sheet / Partner Organization Info
Page 2:  Program Description and Budget Narrative
Page 3:  Additional Programs
Page 4:  Review and Submit

You may save your work at any time by clicking the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of the page.

Page 1—Application Cover Sheet

This page will ask for the applicant’s information, including the name and shipping address of the applicant’s library. Please note that, for successful applicants, all books and related materials will be shipped to the address provided on the Cover Sheet.  Please include the name and title of the library’s authorizing official.

If your library is located within a juvenile detention center, alternative high school, or other facility serving troubled teens, you are not required to complete this portion of the application. You may proceed to Page 2—Program Description and Budget Narrative.

If your library is conducting outreach to troubled teens, use this page of the application to provide information about the organization you are working with. Additional detail should be provided in the Program Description.

Page 2—Program Description and Budget Narrative

Use the “Program Description” area of this page to provide a Program Description that addresses the questions below. Please note that the description should not exceed 3,200 characters (approximately 425 words). Use plain text formatting in this area of the application. Other formatting will not appear in your submitted application.

  1. Describe the population from which the book club will be drawn (include information such as participant age, gender, background, etc.)
  2. How will participation be achieved?
  3. If you are partnering with another organization, what is the nature of the partnership?  (Include history, plans for future programs, etc.) 
  4. When do you plan to host the book discussions?  Please provide specifics including a date range, such as "monthly, January 1, 2011 through June 1, 2011."

If you would like to be considered for a small cash grant ($100, $150 or $200) to support program-related expenses, complete the “Budget Narrative” area of this page by addressing the questions below:

  1. How much money is being requested?  ($100, $150 or $200)
  2. How will the requested funds be used?
  3. Why are these uses important to the success of your Great Stories CLUB program?

If you do not wish to apply for a small grant, simply leave this section blank.

Finally, in 2011, ALA will be organizing visits from Great Stories CLUB authors to selected program sites.  The visits will take place between June and September of 2011.  If you would like your site to be considered for an author visit, click the checkbox at the bottom of this page.

Page 3—Additional Programs (Optional)

You may apply for more than one Great Stories CLUB grant.  For example, an application may be submitted for several on-site libraries within a correctional system, several branch libraries within a public library system (each working with a community partner), or for different programs run by the same library (each program with its own community partner).  If you wish to apply for more than one program, enter information for the additional recipient sites on this page.  With questions on eligibility, please contact the Public Programs Office (  This step is optional.

Page 4—Review and Submit Application 

This page of the application will allow you to view a copy of the information you entered. If the information is correct, proceed to the bottom of the page to submit an electronic copy of your application. Be sure to print a copy for your library's records.

If the information is not correct, use the navigation links at the top of the page to make changes. You may review your application again prior to submitting.

Once you submit your application electronically, you will not be able to make additional changes. However, you will still be able to log in to the application site through the deadline date of November 19, 2010 to view and print your submitted application.

Application Deadlines

Your online application must by submitted (i.e., you must hit the “submit” button) by November 19, 2010, 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time. Late applications will not be reviewed.