Libraries Lead with Digital Skills

Program Requirements & Application Process

Step 1: Design Your Program

We want to support your library’s programming that in collaboration with PLA and Grow With Google resources in one of two themes:

Step 2: Understand Your Expectations as a Grantee

In order to be eligible for funding, your library must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a public library located in the 50 United States or the District of Columbia.
  • Host a workshop, event, or program at your library or virtually within 60 days of receiving your acceptance notification.
  • The program must be free of all costs (including deposits) for participants.
  • Include one of the Grow with Google resources in your event.
  • Engage local media and post about your event on social media (before, during, and/or after) using the tags: #LibrariesLead, #GrowWithGoogle, @ALAlibrary.
  • To contribute to the program’s impact on the library profession, you agree to create at least one deliverable such as a blog post, journal article, conference presentation, or video about the implementation of the library’s program so that others in the field can benefit.
  • Submit your completed program recap one week after holding your event or virtual programming.

Step 3: Submit Your Application

Submit your program idea by June 1—we can’t wait to learn from you!

What Happens Next?

Step 4: Receive Pre-Approval

  • Approximately two weeks after your application is received you will be notified if you are approved to receive a $2000 grant. Pre-approval will be sent by email and your grant will be processed as soon as possible.

Step 5: Host Your Program Within 60 Days of Notification of Pre-Approval

  • Review the Event-in-a-Box resources and communications assets to use to develop and market your program.

Step 6: Submit Your Program Recap to Receive Funding

  • Review the recap questions and gather supporting metrics to support your evaluation.
  • You will submit your program recap to PLA within one week of completing your program.

Bonus: Additional $3,000 for Select Libraries!

Once recaps are received, all grantee libraries will be entered into a secondary selection process based on the effectiveness and impact of the programs they implemented, with the goal of rewarding at least one library in each state with an additional $3,000, and additional opportunities for ALA, PLA, and Google to promote your library’s program as a best practice.

PLA will notify you if you are selected to receive this additional award. Questions regarding the application and process should be directed to the Libraries Lead Team at