Loleta D. Fyan Grant (HISTORICAL)

About the Loleta D. Fyan Grant
Loleta Fyan, 1951-52 ALA President, bequeathed funds to ALA with the intent that "these funds be used for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide."

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Award and Frequency

An annual award of up to $5,000.
This award is not currently being given out.


Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the American Library Association; library schools; or individuals.

The project(s):

  1. must result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide;
  2. must have the potential for broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need;
  3. should be designed to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future; and
  4. should be capable of completion within one year.

Applicant Responsibility

Six Month Report

This report will be sent to the Staff Liaison who will send a copy to the Chair of the Fyan Jury. Both must approve the report.

  1. Narrative Report (1 or 2 pages)
    1. What activities have been completed?
    2. What remains to be done?
    3. What problems do you anticipate?
    4. How do you plan to overcome those problems?
    5. At this point in your work, what do you think the results will be?
  2. Financial Report (1 page)
    1. Categories of planned expenditure (e.g., supplies, travel).
    2. Amount to be spent in each category.
    3. Amount spent to date in each category.
    4. Amount still to be spent in each category.  
Final Report

It is expected that the Fyan winner will eventually share results widely. This may take some time to complete. However, for the purpose of the Fyan Grant files, a final report is due 12 months after receipt of the final check. That report should be organized as follows:

  1. Narrative Report (2 or 3 pages)
    Please include brief answers to the following questions:
    1. What did you actually do and how does it differ from your original plan?
    2. What problems did you encounter and how did you deal with them?
    3. How has your work contributed to the improvement of public libraries?
    4. What are your plans for disseminating results of your work?
  2. Financial Report (1 page)
    1. Categories of planned expenditure (e.g., supplies, travel).
    2. Amount you planned to spend in each category.
    3. Amount you actually spent in each category.
    4. Brief explanation of differences between 2 and 3.

Application Instructions

Please send via email one completed application cover sheet and proposal with budget to the ALA Staff Liaison listed below. Email subject line should read “2013 Fyan Award Proposal”. File formats accepted are MS Word 2003 or newer, and PDF. Please do not fax or mail.

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Selection Criteria

Proposal Requirements


  1. Application Cover Sheet-Word Version or Application Cover Sheet-PDF Version
  2. Narrative
    1. Need: What problem, issue or concern will be addressed by this project? Please answer this question in two ways by describing both the specific or local need you hope to address and the project's potential for a broader impact and application beyond meeting a specific local need.
    2. Purpose: What do you hope to achieve by undertaking this project? Include in your answer both the anticipated immediate impact of the project and its potential to effect changes in public library services that are innovative and responsive to the future.
    3. Target audience: Who is the audience for this project (e.g. children, rural people, nursing home residents, public library trustees, support staff)? Why?
    4. Planned activities: Outline what you intend to do and when you intend to do it. Include a time line or calendar. Remember that the project should be completed within 12 months. Be as specific as possible.
    5. Qualifications: Describe any organizations or agencies involved in this project, including the application organization if there is one.
      Describe the knowledge and experience of the people who will be doing the project. Please state specifically why they are qualified for THIS project.
    6. Evaluation: How will you know if the project is successful?
    7. Plans for sharing the results of your project: Describe how you intend to share the results of the project with others in the library field. Sharing of results can take place after the end of the project year. Some ideas are:
      • oral presentation at an ALA Annual Conference or divisional national conference.
      • oral presentation at meeting of other library or non-library organization.
      • article in an ALA periodical.
      • article in a non-ALA periodical.
      • submission to ERIC.
    1. If the project results in a print or non-print product suitable for sale, ALA Publishing Services has the right of first refusal. If the project results in a periodical article, the ALA periodical appropriate for the subject matter has the right of first refusal.
    2. In any publication or presentation of results, the grantee should acknowledge that full or partial support for the project came from the Loleta D. Fyan Grant administered by the American Library Association.
  3. Budget
    The budget should include all costs that can be specifically identified with the proposal and should show both costs being covered by other sources and the amount being requested from the Fyan Grant.
    Possible categories are:
    1. Salaries and wages Project Director Support staff Fringe benefits for salaried personnel
    2. Consultant services
    3. Travel for work on the project
    4. Supplies and materials
    5. Other, including such costs as rental of space and/or equipment, communications, and computer services.
    Note: Institutional overhead is not an acceptable budget item.


Notification date by late March.