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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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TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

DESCRIPTION
This category includes grants and foundations that support the side of librarianship that readily embraces technological advances and applies them to the profession. It pertains to investing in emerging technologies and maintaining existing equipment (such as printers and scanners); converting to RFID and redesigning a library's web site; subscribing to OCLC services or another MARC record provider and developing alternative classification.

PURPOSE
Purchase of new technology and equipment
Innovative uses of technology
Integration of technology into classrooms
Product donations

COMMON TERMS & PHRASES
The following keywords are often associated with this category and should give you a broader sense of its scope: innovation, technology, automation, cataloging, equipment, computers, emerging technologies, mobile technologies, maintenance; web platform, web-page hosting, Integrated Library System (ILS), MARC records, new tools, wireless communication equipment, micrographic equipment, software development, social networking, RFID, alternative classification, Internet access, telecommunications, library media centers, technology labs.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: Varies
Purpose: Purchase of new technology and equipment; innovative uses of technology
Application Guidelines: NA

Background
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has long partnered with public libraries to bring access to computers, the Internet, and digital information to low-income and disadvantaged communities around the world and the United States. The foundation funds programs that evaluate local technology needs, purchase equipment, train library staff to use, maintain, and introduce technology, and encourage public support for free access to computers and the Internet. Note: unsolicited proposals are not accepted.

C2i: Challenge To Innovate
Deadline: May 13, 2012
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $1000
Purpose: Innovative uses of technology
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Background
NEA Foundation, in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), awards those who come up with the most innovate ways in which mobile phone technology can be used to transform teaching and learning. The foundation awards up to five individuals $1000 for the best ideas posted on the C2i page on the U.S. Department of Education's Open Innovation Portal. The proposed solution must effectively incorporate smart phones or cell phones. Librarians are encouraged to apply.

Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Grants
Deadline: March 15, 2012
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $25,000 (on average)
Purpose: Purchase of new technology and equipment; facility improvement
Application Guidelines

Background
This foundation focuses on improvement of education in the United States and provides grants for technology and software upgrades and other infrastructure in educational institutions. Although Frueauff Foundation rarely makes large grants, funds have been given to support building campaigns and major fund drives. In most instances, these grants are used to meet challenges from other foundations.

Other Grant Category: Rebuilding & Remodeling

Dr. Scholl Foundation Grants
Deadline: March 1, 2012
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: $5000-$25,000
Purpose: Purchase of new technology and equipment
Application Guidelines

Background
Dr. Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance in several areas of interest, including education. Over the past decade, approximately 35 percent of its grants have been related to education and supporting educational institutions in investing in technology. While nonprofits outside of Illinois are supported, close to 70 percent of the funding is in Illinois. The foundation only accepts requests for one year of funding.

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grants
Deadline: TBA
Eligibility: ARSL & PL
Amount: Up to $350,000
Purpose: Collections care; innovative uses of technology
Application Guidelines

Background
Funding from this NEH program strengthens efforts to extend the life of library materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Applications may be submitted for projects that address one or more of the following activities: arranging and describing archival and manuscript collections; cataloging collections of printed works, photographs, recorded sound, moving images, art, and material culture; providing conservation treatment (including de-acidification) for collections, leading to enhanced access; preserving and improving access to born-digital sources; developing databases, and more. The maximum award is $350,000 for up to three years.

Other Grant Category: Preservation & Conservation

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries
Deadline: March, 2012
Eligibility: SL
Amount: Varies
Purpose: Purchase of books; purchase of library materials other than books; literacy; integration of technology into classrooms
Application Guidelines

Background
This Department of Education's program aims to improve reading achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials, including books and well-equipped, technologically-advanced school library media centers, and professionally-certified school library media specialists. District funds may also be used for a range of activities promoting literacy. Local education agencies (LEAs), located where at least 20 percent of students served are from families with incomes below the poverty line, may apply.

Other Grant Categories: Acquisitions & Collection Development; Programming & Events

Intel Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
Eligibility: ARSL & SL
Amount: Unknown
Purpose: K-12 programming; programming in higher education; integration of technology into classrooms
Application Guidelines

Background
Intel's primary giving focus is education, with an emphasis on K-12 and higher education. The foundation supports schools and community programs that deliver the kind of educational opportunities that students need to prepare for success in the 21st century. Intel vigorously supports education through donations and grants for programs that advance science, math, and technology education, particularly for women and underserved populations.

Other Grant Category: Programming & Events

Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums
Deadline: Spring, 2012
Eligibility: SL & PL
Amount: up to $100,000
Purpose: Integration of technology into classrooms
Application Guidelines

Background
Funded by the McArthur Foundation, these IMLS grants (up to $100,000) support the planning and designing of up to 30 learning labs in libraries and museums throughout the country. The labs are intended to engage middle- and high-school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media. Grantees will be required to participate-in-person and online-in a community of practice that will provide technical assistance, networking, and cross-project learning. Projects are expected to provide prototypes for the field and be based on current research about digital media and youth learning. There are two project deadlines for this grant program, the first one was August 15, 2011 the second deadline is planned for Spring, 2012.

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: Professional Development & Research

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: Professional Development & Research

Office Depot Product Donation Program
Deadline: Ongoing
Eligibility: SL & PL
Amount: NA
Purpose: Product donations
Application Guidelines

Background
Managed by Gifts In Kind International charity, Office Depot makes a donation of products-including business machines, supplies, furniture, and more-to nonprofit organizations that help children. Each of Office Depot's retail stores, distribution centers, and warehouses is matched to a nonprofit organization whose mission directly impacts education and well-being of children. Note: product donations through Gifts In Kind International are ongoing and involve a membership fee. Office Depot is a founding member of the Business Education Network (BEN), which was created in 2005 by the Business Civic Leadership Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This coalition of businesses, chambers, educators and nonprofit organizations seeks to advance the global competitiveness of the U.S. education system and of America's future workforce.

Praxair Foundation Library Links Grants
Deadline: Ongoing
Eligibility: PL
Amount: Up to $25,000
Purpose: Purchase of new technology and equipment; educational programming at all levels
Application Guidelines

Background
Through its "Library Links" program, Praxair assists libraries in upgrading their technology, acquiring new materials, or initiating innovative programs through use of technology. Special attention is given to programs that can be started and completed within one year of the award. Preference is given to supporting well-defined projects with emphasis on science, engineering, and environmental studies. Organizations receiving $25,000 or more are required to submit a report on the project being funded no later than one year after the grant is made.

Other Grant Category: Programming & Events

Preservation and Access Research and Development Grants
Deadline: TBA
Eligibility: ARSL & PL
Amount: Up to $350,000
Purpose: Collections care; innovative uses of technology
Application Guidelines

Background
These NEH grants support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. This includes the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage and to develop advanced modes of searching, discovering, and using such materials. Eligible projects include: development of technical standards, best practices, and tools for preserving and creating access to humanities collections; exploration of more effective scientific and technical methods of preserving humanities collections; and development of automated procedures and computational tools to integrate, analyze, and repurpose humanities data in disparate online resources. The maximum award is $350,000 for up to three years.

Other Grant Category: Preservation & Conservation

Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions
Deadline: TBA
Eligibility: ARSL & PL
Amount: Up to $6000
Purpose: Collections care; innovative uses of technology
Application Guidelines

Background
These NEH grants help small and mid-sized institutions-such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities-improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections. These may include special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, etc. All grants are awarded for a period of 18 months, although a grantee may complete a project in a shorter period of time.

Other Grant Category: Preservation & Conservation

Samuel H. Kress Foundation
Deadline: January 15, April 15, and October 15
Eligibility: ARSL
Amount: $10,000-$100,000
Purpose: Integration of technology into classrooms; programming in higher education
Application Guidelines for "History of Art" Program
Application Guidelines for "Digital Resources" Program

Background
Kress Foundation's "History of Art" grant program supports scholarly projects that promote the appreciation, interpretation, preservation, study, and teaching of European art from antiquity to the early 19th century. Professional development fellowships are available for historians of art and architecture, art conservators, art educators, and art librarians. The "Digital Resources" program supports efforts to integrate new technologies into the practice of art history, including classroom applications and online publishing. This program further supports the creation of important online resources in art history, including both textual and visual resources.

Other Grant Category: Programming & Events


Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund [E-Rate]
Deadline: Ongoing
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: 20 to 90 percent of the costs of eligible services
Purpose: Integration of technology into classrooms
Application Guidelines

Background
This program, commonly known as "E-Rate," is administered by the USAC under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission and provides discounts to assist schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. It is one of four support programs funded through a Universal Service fee charged to companies that provide interstate and/or international telecommunications services. Schools must provide elementary or secondary education as determined under state law. They must be public or private institutional day or residential schools, or public charter schools. Funding is requested under four categories of service: telecommunications services, Internet access, internal connections, and basic maintenance of internal connections.

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries and Museums
Deadline: February 1, 2012
Eligibility: ALL
Amount: up to $20,000
Purpose: Innovative uses of technology
Application Guidelines

Background
This funding opportunity was developed by IMLS to expand and test the boundaries of library, museum, and archival services and practices. It provides small, targeted investments in high-risk, innovative responses to the challenges and opportunities facing cultural heritage institutions in a rapidly changing information environment. These grants (up to $20,000) support the testing of specific innovations and foster broad sharing of information about what works and what does not. Because innovations can emerge in a variety of settings, the initiative is structured to encourage participation by organizations of all types and sizes.


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