BWI Collection Development Grant

About the BWI Collection Development Grant
To award YALSA members who represent a public library and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18.

Administered by:

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Award and Frequency

Up to two $1,000 awards may be made in any given year.
This award is given out on an annual basis.


YALSA members who represent a public library and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18. All applicants must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted.  (Please note that it takes about 2 months to fully process your application for membership.  If you are just joining, please make sure you send a copy of your membership application with the grant application.)

Applicant Responsibility

Each candidate must submit a one-page report to the YALSA Office within six months of receiving the grant. This report should contain details on how this award has impacted the grant recipient's collection of materials for young adults. (This report may or may not be considered for publication.)

Application Instructions



   1. All entries must include the application form provided by the Young Adult Library Services Association.


   2. Entries should be models of clarity and completeness.


   3. The Description Statement must be no more than 1,000 words, and double-spaced.


   4. The application should be emailed to Nichole Gilbert at  Questions can be directed to Nichole at 1.800.545.2433 x 4387


   5. The Description Statement and the Application Form must be combined as one document.


Contact Information

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Selection Criteria

Each application will be judged on the basis of:
   1. The degree of need for additional materials for young adults.
   2. The degree of the current collection's use and the specificity of examples used.
   3. The soundness of the rationale for the selection of materials.
   4. The quality of the description of the benefits this grant will bring to young adults.
   5. The degree to which the applicant's philosophy reflects the concepts identified in Directions for Library Service to Young Adults