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AASL Resource Guides for School Library Media Program Development

Library Funding

Federal Funding (ALA Washington Office)

Federal budget/appropriations update, a primer on the budget resolution and the legislative process, and ALA's report on library funding in the U.S. Also, convenient, one-page summaries (PDF Files) of:

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Grants

The U.S. Department of Education's Improving Literacy through School Libraries (LSL) program promotes comprehensive local strategies to improve student reading achievement by improving school library services and resources. New eligibility data are posted annually. See also the ALA Washington Office's "School Library Funding" page, which provides a summary of the LSL program.

The application package for the 2005 LSL competition is now available on the DOE's LSL Web site. Electronic application is required. Only local education agencies in which at least 20% of students served are from families with incomes below the poverty line (based on the 2002 census) are eligible to apply.

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries

The deadline for receipt of applications for grants from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries is December 30, 2005. The goal of the Laura Bush Foundation is to provide print books to the school libraries and students that most need them. The Laura Bush Foundation will make grants of amounts up to $5,000 to school libraries; funds are to be used to update, extend and diversify the book collections of those libraries. All Laura Bush Foundation grants are made to individual schools rather than to school districts, foundations, or other entities. Only one application per school is allowed. It is anticipated awards will be made during or before May 2006.

Levenson, Stanley, Ph.D. "Writing Your First Successful Grant Application." (2002).

The ALA Washington Office recommends this article about writing a successful grant application. Even if you don’t expect to write the grant you can prepare the necessary materials ahead of time for the grant writer.

Foundation Center Grantmaker Info

A wealth of information regarding grantwriting and grant opportunities.

IMSL Online Project Planning Tutorial

The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services' (IMLS) online tutorial to help libraries and museums develop project plans for its National Leadership Grant applications. While this planning tool is designed for developing competitive IMLS grant applications, it can be used by anyone who would like to learn more about project planning and development. Senior program officers at IMLS with years of experience coaching applicants worked together with museum professionals and librarians to develop this learning resource. IMLS hopes it will be useful in many different settings, including professional education and development, staff training and a wide array of project planning activities.

Philanthropy News Digest:


Grants, fund raising opportunities, contests, scholarships and financial aid for children, educators and K-12 schools.

U.S. Department of Education: Grants & Contracts

U.S. Department of Education: Forecast of Funding Opportunities

Forecast of funding opportunities under the DOE discretionary grant programs.

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An AASL Resource Guide for School Library Media Program Development.