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TBA
To Be Announced (TBA) is used when deadline has already passed, is pending approval, or will be announced in the near future; it is also used if funding is on hiatus, but the grant has not be cancelled.

Ongoing
Ongoing is used when applications are accepted on a rolling basis; libraries may apply for funding at any time of year by following directions on the organizationís web site.

Month, Year
Months (without dates) are used when specific dates have not (to the best of our knowledge) been announced but estimations can be made based on the foundationís previous practices; this usually applies to grants and awards given out at the same time each year or those tied to a specific conference or event.

Exact dates
Exact dates are used as often as possible to identify precise days each month when applications are due; these must be taken seriously as organizations insist on receiving all materials by the deadlines they set forth. Some organizationsí boards review applications more than once a year; in those cases, multiple deadlines are provided.

SL
School libraries and librarians in K-12 settings, both private and public

PL
Public Libraries (and librarians) in small, medium, and large institutions

ARSL
Academic and research libraries and librarians in university, college, and community college settings; special libraries and librarians (including those in museums, various educational institutions, etc.)

ALL
All libraries and librarians




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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & RESEARCH

DESCRIPTION
This category includes grants and foundations that support innovative research by library and information professionals that leads to an improvement in library service. This includes creation of new part-time or full-time positions to help support new initiatives; conducting of surveys and focus groups while trying out cutting-edge services; recruitment of consultants; attendance of summer institutes or study groups, and involvement with professional organizations to deepen one's contribution to the library profession.

PURPOSE
Original research (pertaining to all types of librarianship and library service
Staff training and development (including implementation of leadership programs)

COMMON TERMS & PHRASES
The following keywords are often associated with this category and should give you a broader sense of its scope: professional development, staffing, training, staff training, job training, personnel, consultation, recruitment, employment, enrollment, service improvement, professional organizations, leadership, leadership programs, best practices, informal learning, research, original research, writing, surveys, focus groups, Advisory Boards, summer institutes, study groups, mentoring, investigation.

AASL Research Grant
Deadline: February 1, 2012
Eligibility: SL
Amount: $2500
Purpose: Original research
Application Guidelines

Background
Established in 1993, AASL Research Grants in the amount of $2500 are given to up to two school librarians, library educators, library information science, or education professors to conduct research aimed at evaluating the impact of school library programs on learning and education. The study should have the potential to serve as a model for future school library research and researchers should furnish documentation of the results of their work.

ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant
Deadline: February 1, 2012
Eligibility: SL
Amount: $17500
Purpose: Staff training and development
Application Guidelines

Background
Established in 1986, the grant of up to $1750 is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at state, regional, or local levels. The recipient organization is responsible for providing a final written report, which should include an itemized statement of expenses, an evaluation of the results, and suggestions for improvement. The organization is also responsible for presenting a brief oral report at the annual ALA conference following the completion of the project.

ALA Diversity Research Grant
Deadline: April 15, 2012
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $2000 (plus $500 to attend ALA)
Purpose: Original research
Application/Development

Background
This annual grant consists of a one-time $2000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant recipients are expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and asked to present and publish the final product in conjunction with ALA. Proposals are only accepted during the open call for applications (typically mid-January through April). For ALA members only.

ALA Emerging Leaders Program
Deadline: TBA
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $1000 (plus $500 to attend ALA)
Purpose: Staff training and development
Application Guidelines

Background
This leadership development program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Each sponsor provides financial support of $1000 ($500 per conference) for each emerging leader. Sponsors can be any unit of ALA, including Divisions, Round Tables, Chapters, Affiliates, or any Individual. The application for the next program will be available around May 15, 2012.

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant
Deadline: December 12, 2011
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: up to $3000
Purpose: Original research
Application Guidelines

Background
This grant (up to $3000) is given annually to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group(s) of people. The project should aim to answer a question that is of vital importance to the library community and the researchers should plan to provide documentation of the results of their work. The jury welcomes proposals that involve innovative uses of technology and proposals that involve cooperation between libraries, between libraries and other agencies, or between librarians and persons in other disciplines.

Cultural Diversity Grant
Deadline: TBA
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $1000
Purpose: Staff training and development
Application Guidelines

Background
The goals of this LLAMA grant are to support the creation and dissemination of resources that assist library administrators and managers in developing a vision and commitment to diversity, and in fostering and sustaining diversity throughout their institutions; to increase the representation and advancement of people of color in the field of library administration and management, and to establish productive partnerships between LLAMA and major national organizations representing minority interests. Projects demonstrating creativity and innovation and whose results will be widely distributed are given priority.

Emerald Research Grant
Deadline: December 15, 2011
Eligibility: ARSL
Amount: $5000
Purpose: Original research (business librarianship)
Application Guidelines

Background
Administered by RUSA and sponsored by Emerald Publishing, this grant is awarded to individuals seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. Two $5000 awards are presented during each of the first two years after the establishment of the award, with the total amount awarded at $10,000 each year and $20,000 total for the two years. Award recipient must be an ALA member or at least one member of a collaborative team must be an ALA member. Proposals are accepted from both individual researchers and those working collaboratively.

First Step Award: A Wiley Professional Development Grant
Deadline: December 1, 2011
Eligibility: ARSL
Amount: $1500
Purpose: Attendance of ALA; staff training and development
Application Guidelines

Background
Sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, this grant (consisting of $1500 and a citation) is intended to provide librarians new to the continuing resources field with the opportunity to broaden their perspective and to encourage professional development through ALA attendance. Applicants must show commitment to professional development in the serials field as evidenced by participation in continuing education activities, workshops, previous participation in professional activities, etc.

Other Grant Category: Travel & Conference Attendance

H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant
Deadline: December 1, 2011
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $3500
Purpose: Staff training and development
Application Guidelines

Background
An annual grant consisting of $3500 and a 24K gold-framed citation is given to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization. A library organization is defined as individual library, library system, group of cooperating libraries, state governmental agency, and local, state, or regional association. Staff development is defined as a program of learning activities that is developed by the library organization and develops the on-the-job staff capability and improves the abilities of personnel to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the library organization.

Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline: December 15, 2011
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $50,000-$500,000
Purpose: Original research (early career research)
Application Guidelines

Background
This program supports projects to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, faculty, and library leaders; to conduct research on the library profession; and to support early career research. It also assists in the professional development of librarians and library staff. All members of the library community are invited to play an active role in ensuring that the profession is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. See program guidelines for additional information. Grant amount ranges from $50,000 to $1,000,000.

Loleta D. Fyan Grant
Deadline: December 12, 2011
Eligibility: PL
Amount: $5000
Purpose: Staff training and development
Application Guidelines

Background
Loleta Fyan, 1951-52 ALA President, bequeathed funds to ALA with the intent that the funds be used "for the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide." Applicants can include but are not limited to: local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units of the American Library Association; library schools; or individuals. The project(s) must result in the development and improvement of public libraries and the services they provide. Up to $5000 total is awarded for one or more projects.

Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship
Deadline: December 1, 2011
Eligibility: SL
Amount: $4000
Purpose: Original research
Application Guidelines

Background
This grant is designed to allow qualified children's librarians to spend a month or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville. Awardees are given $4000 to support their study and are recognized at the membership meeting during ALA Annual Conference. Each application is judged on the following: the description of the topic of study for the fellowship period and the applicant's demonstration of ongoing commitment to motivating children to read.

National Leadership Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2012
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $50,000-$1,000,000
Purpose: Staff training and development; innovative uses of technology
Application Guidelines

Background
Distributed by IMLS, these grants (ranging from $50,000 to $1,000,000) support projects that have the potential to advance museum, library, and archival practice. The Institute also encourages grant proposals that promote the skills necessary to develop 21st century communities, citizens, and workers. Proposals should address key needs and challenges that face libraries, museums, and archives. Leadership grants are divided into four categories: Advancing Digital Resources; Research; Demonstration; and Library-Museum Collaboration Grants.

Other Grant Category: Technology & Innovation

NEA Learning & Leadership Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $2000 for individuals; $5000 for groups
Purpose: Staff training and development
Application Guidelines

Background
These grants support public school teachers, public education professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: 1) grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or 2) grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. The grant amount is $2000 for individuals and $5000 for groups engaged in collegial study. Applications may be submitted at any time and are reviewed three times a year.

NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Deadline: September, 2012
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $5000-$50,000
Purpose: Innovative uses of technology; original research
Application Guidelines

Background
NEH gives out grants (from $5000 to $50,000) to non-profit organizations conducting research that brings new approaches or documents best practices in the study of the digital humanities, planning and developing prototypes of new digital tools for preserving, analyzing, and making accessible digital resources, including libraries' and museums' digital assets; and applying innovative uses of technology for public programming and education.

Other Grant Category: Technology & Innovation

NewsBank/Readex Catharine J. Reynolds Award
Deadline: December 1, 2011
Eligibility: PL & ARSL
Amount: $2000
Purpose: Original research (documents librarianship); attendance of specialized conferences
Application Guidelines

Background
This grant supports travel and/or study in the field of documents librarianship or in an area that would directly benefit an individual's performance as a documents librarian. Activities that might be supported by such a grant include attendance of a conference such as a Depository Library Council meeting, a research project to investigate procedures in other documents collections, to support an internship or exchange in another library, a government agency, or library association office, etc. The amount of the grant is $2000.

Other Grant Category: Travel & Conference Attendance

WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant
Deadline: TBA
Eligibility: ARSL
Amount: Unknown
Purpose: Original research (Western European studies)
Application: On hold

Background
This grant supports research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship, or book trade. The nominee must be a librarian employed in a university, college, community college, or research library in the year prior to application for the award. The primary criterion is the significance and utility of the proposed project as a contribution to the study of the acquisition, organization, or use of library materials from or relating to Western Europe. The application must include a proposal, a tentative travel itinerary not to exceed 14 days, including the proposed countries and institutions to be visited and the preferred period of study/travel and a travel budget, including estimated round-trip coach airfare, transportation in Europe, lodging expenses, and meal costs. 2012 award is on hold.


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