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Holston River Regional Library: Grant Opportunities

Libguide for the Libraries in the Holston River Region.

Library Construction Grant

Grant Handbook

The Tennessee Public Library Grant Handbook has been created to assist public libraries in managing their grants.  It includes information on contracts, changes, reimbursement procedures and other elements of the grant process.

2018 TOP Grant

The Department of Economic and Community Development through the Tennessee State Library and Archives is pleased to provide a grant opportunity to public libraries in Tennessee for digital literacy.  This is the 2nd year for the Training Opportunities for the Public (TOP) grants, and we have a few changes:

  • The applicant is not limited to 12 classes
  • You may request up to $3,000.00 in hardware/software
  • Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots are eligible
  • Marketing/Promotion funding is available

This grant runs from January 15, 2019 – January 14, 2020, and is available for instructor funds, hardware and software, mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, and marketing.  There is a maximum of $20,000.00 that can be requested, and library systems can apply for funding for multiple facilities in their system.

What’s new about this grant?

  • Instructor Funds: we are not limiting the number of classes to 12.  The funding is $50.00 per training hour.  You will still be asked to train on the topics from the Standards, but you can have additional classes as well. Advanced classes are eligible as well, with increased funding per training hour for those trainers.  Please note: pre- and post-testing will be required.
  • Hardware/Software:  the maximum has increased to $3,000.00 per facility.
  • For this grant, mobile Wi-Fi hotspots are eligible, up to 3 per facility.
  • There is also funding available for marketing and promotion!

The deadline to apply is September 10, 2018

If  you have any questions regarding the grant and eligibility, please let me know.

Jennifer Cowan-Henderson

Director of Planning and Development

State E-rate Coordinator for Public Libraries

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett

403 7th Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37243

p 615-741-1923

f 615-532-9904

Best Buy Community Foundation Grant

Geek Squad Academy

Now through Feb. 1st apply to host a summer learning

Geek Squad Academy at your library to help underserved youth,

10 - 18, build digital literacy skills. Learn more and apply:   



Lands’ End Love Learning Award

The NSLA Summer Learning Awards recognize outstanding summer programs, models, digital applications, and systems that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people. The awards are given annually based on an application process that elicits information on a program’s history, mission, goals, operations, management, staff development, partnerships, outcomes/results, and sustainability.

Since 2005, the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award, defined by its rigorous application and selection process, has recognized enrollment-based programs employing staff who work directly with youth.

Established in 2015, the New York Life Foundation Founder’s Award recognizes informal programs, other non-traditional forms of summer learning innovation, that are critical to serving the diverse needs of schools, families, and children.

Debuting in 2018, the Lands’ End Love Learning Award aims to shine a spotlight on quality programs that bring learning to life in informal learning spaces and support families in meaningful ways.

Round 1 applications are due December 21, 2018 @ 6pm ET/3pm PT.


Informational Webinar

Great Stories Club

Libraries are invited to apply to be part of the Great Stories Club's TRHT series. Applications will be accepted from Sept. 4 to Nov. 16, 2018, for the themes "Deeper than Our Skins: The Present Is a Conversation with the Past" and "Finding Your Voice: Speaking Truth to Power."

Seventy libraries, in total, will be selected. Grantees will receive copies of the book selections; travel and accommodations expenses paid for an orientation workshop in Chicago; a $1,200 grant to cover work with a racial healing practitioner; and additional resources and support.

Book selections will include the following. Grantees may select up to four titles per theme.

  • "Deeper than Our Skins"Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates; The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano; Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale; The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Sonny Liew; Mother of the Sea by Zetta Elliott; and Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis J. Rodriguez.
  • "Finding Your Voice"The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo; I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina; Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero; Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson; American Street by Ibi Zoboi; and Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro.

Learn more about Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation:

Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More

The grant honors the groundbreaking work of Meg Kolaya, co-founder of Libraries and Autism: We're Connected and a pioneer in the area of library service to people with autism. It celebrates her contributions in promoting inclusion, connecting libraries and the autism community, and bringing awareness of the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to the library community.

Grant Description

Each year, a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded. Depending on the applications received, one grant for the full amount or multiple grants for smaller amounts totaling $5,000.00 may be awarded.

Any type of library in the United States or Canada can apply, and the proposal can fund projects and services for any age group. Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service, bring an already-existing, successful program or service to their library for the first time, or enhance a program or service they already offer. All programs or services proposed must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, to buy program materials, to pay for staff, etc.

Criteria for Selection:
Applications will be judged on the basis of:

    1. The project is clearly described and well thought out.
    2. The potential impact is significant.
    3. There is institutional support for the program or service
    4. People with autism, family members or other community stakeholders are involved in the
        development and/or implementation of the project.
    5. The program is one that would be replicable in other communities.
    6. The program or service is based on an understanding of the needs of people with autism and/or
        best practices in working with this population.
    7. There is a plan for the continuation of the service or program after the grant year.
    8. The project would not be possible without outside funding.

*  The application deadline is December 1, 2018.
*  The grant funding period is April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
*  The winner(s) will be notified by March 1, 2019.

Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved

The ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary and replicable outreach to underserved populations through a new and innovativeprogram or an expansion of work already being done. The grant is administered by the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Eligible Ideas

The ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way” Grant is open to any project that seeks to engage an underserved population of children from birth up to the age of 14. Special population children may include (but are not limited to) those who have learning or physical differences, those who are speaking English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who are in non-traditional family settings (such as teen parents, foster children, children in the juvenile justice system, and children in gay and lesbian families), and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs.

The grant recognizes that underserved populations vary from community to community, and all programs that seek to specifically address concerns in this area are eligible for consideration.

Selection Criteria

The ALSC Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee will select the winner of this award based on an application process. The committee will use a standardized weighted rubric that evaluates each project on innovation, impact, need, planning, outcomes, and sustainability.

Reporting Requirements

This grant requires two reports: a progress report due June 30 and a final report due on September 15. Pictures, anecdotes, and data are encouraged. Additionally, the grant recipient will be responsible for writing a blog post to be posted to the ALSC blog as part of the marketing cycle for the next round of the grant. 

How to apply

The ALSC Libary Service to Underserved Children and their Caregivers committee will be accepting online applications for the 2019 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" grant beginning on October 1, 2018. Applications and supporting materials will be due by December 1, 2018. Contact the chairs of the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee,Jason Miles Driver and Erin Lovelace, with questions at

Summer Learning Program Grants

Courtesy of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will be giving out two types of grants to help libraries prevent the summer slide in teens most vulnerable to summer learning loss, including teens who speak English as a second language, teens in socio-economically challenged communities, and teens who are at risk of failing school.

Summer Learning Resources Grant

Teen Summer Intern Program Grant

Applications are due January 1, 2019.

Aim High

The New York Life Foundation invests in middle school OST programs to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders get to ninth grade on time. Research has shown that for disadvantaged students, more learning time in the form of high-quality afterschool, expanded-day, and summer programs leads to greater achievement, better school attendance, and more engaged students.

Art Works 

Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, we support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. 

We encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that:

  • Celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage.
  • Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups.
  • Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.

*1965 Enabling Legislation for the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000. No grants will be made below $10,000. Grants of $100,000 or more will be made only in rare instances, and only for projects that we determine demonstrate exceptional national or regional significance and impact. In the past few years, well over half of the agency's grants have been for amounts less than $25,000.


The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone (e.g., youth, seniors) does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above also must be present. Please provide details about the underserved audience you select in your application. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

Great Stories Club

Libraries are invited to apply for the Great Stories Club, a literature-based reading and discussion program that gives underserved youth the opportunity to read, reflect, and share ideas on topics that resonate with them.

Library Awards for Innovation

The Penguin Random House Library Awards for Innovation recognize public libraries creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.  School libraries serving the capacity of public libraries are also welcome to submit an application adhering to the same criteria below.

Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College and Career Readiness Services

YALSA, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), is implementing an innovative project that will build the capacity of small, rural and tribal libraries to provide college and career readiness (CCR) services for and with middle schoolers. YALSA and ARSL will work with library staff to build needed skills while also developing, testing and refining turn-key resources, which other libraries can adapt for their own use. The project is aimed at school, public, and college library staff in libraries with a service population of 15,000 or fewer, as well as libraries that are 25 miles or more from an urbanized area.  

Future Ready with the Library Goals

  • Library staff at rural, small, and tribal libraries will learn effective methods for planning and implementing , with a local partner, CCR initiatives for and with middle schoolers and their families
  • Middle schoolers and their families in rural, small, and tribal communities will gain valuable future ready information that will better prepare them for starting a career and/or focusing on academics related to a career after high school
  • Middle schoolers in rural, small, and tribal libraries will engage in valuable career exploration and workforce preparation experiences
  • Library staff in small, rural, and tribal libraries around the U.S. will develop a set of model programs and tools that can be used by a wide range of communities and libraries

The application for cohort 3 is now closed.  Applicants will learn about the status of their application in mid-June 2018

Use this quick online form to sign up to receive email notifications about the project, including an announcement when the next round of applications opens. Learn more about applying and eligibility via this FAQ


at your small public library




DEADLINE to Apply: JULY 16, 2018




Note: To allow time to resolve any problems you might encounter, we strongly recommend that you register/renew your registration by at least July 19, 2018 and submit the SF-424 to by at least July 30 2018.

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities.