Friends Group Grants & Awards
Friends section members and/or Friends group members are eligible to apply for a variety of grants and awards each year:
The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or university Friends of the Library group, or a library staff member who works in development, to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Applications are due Jan. 15. The winner receives a grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration.
Given annually to recognize outstanding efforts of Friends groups and Foundations. Submission are due in early May of each year. Winners receive $1,000.
Friends groups are recognized each year for outstanding efforts to promote and celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week in October. Application submission begins in November with a deadline of December 1 of each year. Winners receive a small financial award and certificate.
From 2005 to 2011, Best Friends Awards were given annually to recognize outstanding publicity and marketing materials created by Friends groups. Although the award is no longer given, the winning materials are available for viewing.
From 1998 to 2005, Friends of Libraries U.S.A. annually gave a $10,000 award in partnership with HarperCollins Publishers in honor of Barbara Kingsolver. Although the award is no longer given, the stories of the winners are inspiring and a worthwhile read.