Thinking Money for Kids: Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking Money for Kids: A traveling exhibit to U.S. public libraries that makes financial literacy fun

Which types of libraries are eligible?

This exhibition tour is open to public libraries in the United States. Other non-public library organizations, including academic, community college, school and special libraries, are not eligible to apply. Individuals and federal entities are not eligible to apply. Late, incomplete and ineligible applications will not be reviewed.

How do I apply?

To begin the application process, go to You can download a PDF of the application to review the questions ahead of time in order to prepare your answers.  

Can I see the questions before starting my application? 

Yes, a PDF of the application is available here.  

When is the application deadline?

Applications will be accepted between December 17, 2018, and February 8, 2019. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on February 8, 2019. Late or incomplete applications, and applications from ineligible institutions, will not be reviewed. Applications and support materials may not be submitted by mail or e-mail.

Will only successful applicants receive notification about the outcome of the application?

No. All applicants will be notified by ALA, regardless of the outcome of their applications. Libraries will be notified via e-mail by March 26, 2019. If your library has not received notification by the stated date, please contact ALA at 312-280-5045 or

Is attendance at the orientation session required?

Yes. The library project director named in your application must attend the June 2019 orientation session in Washington, D.C., held in conjunction with ALA’s 2019 Annual Conference. Travel and lodging costs will be covered by ALA. Specific information on how to make travel reservations will be emailed directly to project directors.

Could you give examples of non-profit presenters not sponsored by a financial service company?

Social service agencies, federal reserve branch banks, municipal government agencies, higher education institutions, public schools, cooperative extension service agencies, consumer credit counseling services, senior centers and youth-serving organizations, such as the YWCA, are examples of suitable partners.

What if I have questions about my application?

Call the ALA Public Programs Office with any application or grant-related questions – (312) 280-5045 or toll free at (800) 545-2433 x 5045. You can also send an e-mail to