The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant is an annual grant to recognize, promote, and support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students, or local organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community.
Each year, the grant supports a community engagement project with a specific theme. For the 2020–2021 cycle, libraries were invited to submit applications for a community engagement project that focuses on anti-racism. The grant was awarded to a library with a demonstrated commitment to anti-racism work to continue or expand their community engagement programming.
Applications are currently closed. Applications for the 2021-2022 grant cycle will re-open in December 2021. To be notified about this and other grant opportunities from ALA's Public Programs Office, sign up for the Programming Librarian newsletter.
The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant was made possible by former ALA president and longtime generous supporter Nancy Kranich, with additional contributions raised by solicitations and a matching opportunity in 2017.
- Apply online (applications are currently closed)
- Read the grant guidelines
- Review the frequently asked questions
- 2021: Albany (N.Y.) Public Library - Branching Out (Read ALA's press release announcing the 2021 LTC Engagement Grant awardee, Albany Public Library)
- 2020: Milwaukee (Wis.) Public Library - Deaf Storyslam (Learn about the 2020 LTC Engagement Grant awardee, Milwaukee Public Library, and their project, Deaf Storyslam)