About the Citizens-Save-Libraries Grant United for Libraries has secured $75,000 from the Neal-Schuman Foundation to support library advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled budgets. The Citizens-Save-Libraries grants will send expert advocates to 20 locations over the course of two years to help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.  

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Award and Frequency

Annual for Two Years Only basis.


  • Demonstrated need for help with a library advocacy campaign.
  • Minimum of five volunteers committed to working on a leadership team for a campaign. Each member understands that this commitment may require at least weekly meetings for up to 90 days.
  • Leadership team available for two days of on-site, in-person training (approx. 5 hours each day) between June 1, 2013-May 1, 2014.
  • One member of the leadership team is willing to become a local “mentor” for other libraries in the state and/or region. Mentor may be invited to participate in a one-time live one hour webinar and may also be asked to give an advocacy program at state library conference.
  • Support of the library’s Board of Trustees.
  • No member of the United for Libraries' Board of Directors or his or her library will be eligible to receive this grant.

Application Instructions

The 20 grants will be issued in two cycles:

  • Cycle 1 Grants
    • Application materials due April 15, 2013.
    • Grantees notifed by May 15, 2013.
    • On-site trainings to be held June 1, 2013-May 1, 2014.
  • Cycle 2 Grants
    • Application to be released January 2014.
    • Applications materials due April 15, 2014.
    • Grantees notifed by May 15, 2014.
    • On-site trainings to be held June 1, 2014-May 1, 2015.

Application Materials

All application materials must be emailed, faxed, or postmarked by March 15, 2013. Please email materials to or fax to (215) 545-3821. If submission of a hard copy is necessary, materials may be mailed to:

United for Libraries
109 S. 13th St., Suite 117B
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Please contact United for Libraries at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 or by email at with any questions

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