The American Library Association (ALA) invites libraries in small and rural communities to apply for grant funding to help them address issues of concern in their communities.
Up to 650 U.S. libraries in small and rural communities will receive $3,000 each to tackle issues ranging from media literacy to COVID-19 safety to unemployment through three rounds of grants in 2020 and 2021.
Applications are now closed.
- Learn about the funded libraries
- Read case studies of LTC: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries
- 7 Steps to Effective Community Engagement: Evidence from Small & Rural Libraries
Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is part of ALA’s longtime commitment to preparing library workers for the expanding role of libraries. The initiative is offered in partnership with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL). Questions? Contact ALA's Public Programs Office.
- Project guidelines
- Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- Watch the Pre-Application Webinar recording
- Sign up for a 20-minute grant consultation call with ALA project staff
For Grant Recipients
- Log in to your Foundant account
- View the list of participating libraries (Round 1 & Round 2)
- Grant support materials