Awards (Scholarships & Grants)

Call for proposals for 2021 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant

CHICAGO—ALA The International Relations Roundtable is calling for proposals for its 2021 IRRT Mission Enhancement Grant.  This grant was established by the IRRT to fund member-initiated proposals for international activities and initiatives which contribute to ALA’s role in international librarianship.  Goals for the funding of proposals are to promote international projects or partnerships, to promote global dialogue about librarianship, to increase visibility of international librarianship, and to increase international collaboration in librarianship.

12 rural public libraries selected to receive funding to offer bilingual exhibitions and STEAM programming

Note: Contact the Space Science Institute at:

Media Contact:
Karly Pitman, 720-974-5874
Executive Director

Program Contact:
Keliann LaConte, 720-974-5835
Principle Investigator, STEAM Equity Project
Professional Development Manager

ALA invites applications for Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, an annual award supporting innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries.

Libraries invited to apply for programming support with inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library workers to apply for the inaugural Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, a programming grant named after the transformative ALA leader responsible for the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series.

LIS Students: Apply for the 2021 Larew Scholarship for Tuition Help

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures and Baker & Taylor are accepting applications for the Core/Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to follow a career in library and information technology, demonstrate potential leadership, and hold a strong commitment to library automation. The winner will receive a $3,000 check and a citation. The application form is open through March 1, 2021.

ALA awards programming grants to help libraries address the climate change crisis

Free programming guide available to help all libraries with planning nationwide

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) announced the recipients of its Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change grants, a pilot program to help public and academic libraries engage their communities in programs and conversations that address the climate change crisis.

ALA, Capital One announce 20 rural libraries selected for Community Connect: Digital Access at Home grants

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) and Capital One announced 20 public libraries selected to participate in Community Connect: Digital Access at Home, a program supporting digital access and financial capability for rural communities nationwide.

Libraries are invited to apply for the 2021 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

CHICAGO  —  The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) of ALA and the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the 2021 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries grant cycle. These grants recognizes libraries for their role in the growth of graphic literature and awards funds and resources for graphic novel collection development and programming.

United for Libraries to coordinate 15th annual National Friends of Libraries Week

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Friends of the Library groups and libraries across the country will be celebrating the 15th annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 18-24, 2020.

National Friends of Libraries Week offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends – promoting the group in the community, raising awareness and increasing membership, and giving libraries and boards of trustees the opportunity to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.

ALA awards additional 100 Library Census Equity Fund grants

WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) announced the names of 100 additional libraries receiving 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.