Grant Opportunities for Libraries

Grant Opportunities for Libraries Affected by Hurricane Katrina

Beyond Words -  Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting.

Heritage Preservation - Heritage Preservation has created a brochure, Before and After Disasters, which includes a listing of federal grant and loans for museums, libraries and archives.

Institute of Museum and Library Services - The IMLS application deadline for the agency’s Conservation Project Support grant program has been extended from October 1 to November 1 for museums in the counties that have been declared disaster areas by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Laura Bush Foundation For America's Libraries: The Laura Bush Foundation has established a Gulf Coast School Library Recovery fund to refurbish and re-establish the libraries for schools in the areas of these natural disasters. A questionnaire/application for funds is available at

National Endowment for the Humanities - Emergency Grants: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will make available at least $1 million for emergency grants to libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical institutions in Gulf Coast areas in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi affected by Hurricane Katrina. Affected institutions can apply immediately for emergency grants of up to $30,000 to preserve books, records, manuscripts, art, and cultural artifacts damaged by the hurricane and the flooding that followed. Application details are available on the NEH website or contact NEH's Division of Preservation and Access for more information at telephone (800) NEH-1121 or (202) 606-8570.  Grants for Stabilizing Humanities Collections: These grants help museums, libraries, archives, and historical organizations preserve their humanities collections through support for improved housing and storage, environmental conditions, security, lighting, and fire protection.

SOLINET - The Gulf Coast Libraries Project invites submissions of a non-competitive Request for Proposal. Planning grants will be awarded in support of local processes to develop or implement system resturcturing or rebuilding programs for public libraries in post-hurricane Louisiana and Mississippi.  Contact Cheri Smithson, planning and grants coordinator, by calling 800-999-8558, ext. 3856, to request planning grant guidelines.

Texas Responds Grant - The Texas State Library & Archives Commission announces the availability of an emergency grant opportunity. The Texas Responds Grant funds Texas public library services and programs to support victims of Hurricane Katrina who have been evacuated to Texas. Programs involving collaboration with other community and state organizations are encouraged. This competitive grant program will fund operating expenditures such as staff, supplies, library materials, equipment, and contractual services. To be eligible, grant expenses must be reasonable and in accordance with appropriate state or local operating policies and procedures. Further, all grant expenses must be designed to respond directly to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Please visit the Texas State Library website for the complete guidelines and application form.

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List of grants available to libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina