ALA awards additional 21 Library Census Equity Fund grantees

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/09/2020

Contact:

Shawnda Hines

Assistant Director, Communications

ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office

shines@alawash.org

WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) and the LOR Foundation announced that 21 additional libraries will receive Library Census Equity Fund mini-grants of $2,000 to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census.  

In December 2019, ALA awarded 59 Library Census Equity Fund mini-grants, based on available funding at the time. More than 500 libraries of all types had submitted applications for the mini-grants. With support from the LOR Foundation, ALA is now awarding 21 additional mini-grants to libraries in rural communities of the Mountain West served by the LOR Foundation.  

Across the country, libraries are adapting their census outreach activities in response to COVID-19. Residents can respond to the census through August 14. 

Recipients were chosen by members of the selection committee established by ALA’s 2020 Census Library Outreach and Education Task Force: Tom Adamich, Patricia Ball, Heather Cousin, Susan Hildreth, and Cecilia Tovar. 

To learn more about ALA resources for libraries supporting a fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census, visit ala.org/census. Follow the conversation on social media with #CountOnLibraries