Resilient Communities: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change

If your question is not listed below, please email ALA's Public Programs Office.

May I preview the application before completing it? 

Yes. You may download a PDF preview of the application for reference; the application process is also covered in detail in Section V of the project guidelines.

May applications be submitted in hard copy?

No. Applications must be submitted online here by 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on September 10, 2020. Applications that are late or incomplete will not be reviewed.

What types of libraries are eligible?

This opportunity is open to all public and academic libraries in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

What will my library receive, if selected?

Each selected library will receive a $1,000 programming grant; five documentaries/docudramas with public performance rights (PPR) on DVD and/or streaming; digital promotional materials for local program publicity; access to online resources developed to support local programs and events, including in-person webinars for library project directors; support from Communities Responding to Emergency Weather (CREW) to designate your library as a Climate Resilience Hub; and collaboration and networking opportunities as part of the 25-library Resilient Communities cohort. See Section II: Award Information in the guidelines for a complete list. 

What are the requirements if my library is selected?

Participating libraries will be required to host one screening and discussion event (virtual or in-person) using a film provided through the grant, offer two additional programs that address climate change and sustainability, and agree to become a Climate Resilience Hub by committing to share information with your community about emergency weather preparedness. See examples of eligible programs. Activity must occur during the program term, October 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021 and a final report on project activity is required by May 31, 2021. Read the full requirements listed in the guidelines.

How many libraries will be selected?

Up to 20 public libraries and 5 academic libraries will be selected, for a total of 25.

Can more than one branch of my library system apply?

While not recommended, more than one branch of a library system may apply for the award. However, it should be noted that the branches will be competing directly with one another for the award. Libraries that receive a grant may use films for free public screenings at multiple branches within the same system.

How do I apply?

Register or sign in to begin your application. 

What if I have questions about my application?

Call the ALA Public Programs Office with any application or grant-related questions: (312) 280-5045 or toll free at (800) 545-2433 x 5045.

You can also send an e-mail to

If you would like ALA staff to review a draft of your proposal, please contact us by August 24, 2020.

How will I be notified about the status of my application?

You will receive a confirmation email once your application is submitted. All applicants will be notified of their award status via email by September 28, 2020 (revised date after deadline extension).

Can I edit my application after it has been submitted?

No, you cannot.

When is the application deadline?

Applications will be accepted between July 1 and September 10, 2020. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on September 10, 2020. Late or incomplete applications, and applications from ineligible institutions, will not be reviewed. Applications and support materials may not be submitted by mail or e-mail.

What expenses are allowable for the $1,000 stipend provided by the project?

Funds may be used to support the climate-related programs and activities that have been outlined in the library’s grant application. Program costs might include purchase of library collection materials, speaker/presenter fees, supplies for hands-on activities, technical/AV equipment/software/supplies, promotional and marketing expenses, light refreshments, other other expenses incurred to present your library's Resilient Communities programs. Funds provided by ALA may not be used to support library staff time or for indirect costs/institutional overhead.