The American Honda Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions nationwide that address the areas of youth and scientific education. The Foundation's primary funding priority is youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; the environment; job training; and literacy. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000. The upcoming deadline for organizations that have never received funding from the Foundation is August 1, 2017. Visit the Foundation’s website to take the required eligibility quiz and submit an online application.
In partnership with WETA in Washington, D.C., the American Library Association (ALA) has developed a public library programming kit for "The Vietnam War," a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Fifty public libraries will be selected, through a competitive application process, to receive the kit, which will include a programming guide and a copy of the full 18-hour documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights. The kit will help libraries participate in a national conversation about one of the most consequential, divisive and controversial events in American history.
Recipients will also receive promotional materials, online resources developed to support local programs, opportunities for partnership with local PBS station(s), and more. Participating libraries will be required to host at least one program related to the film before Jan. 1, 2018, along with other promotional and reporting requirements.
For additional information, or to apply, click here -- https://apply.ala.org/TheVietnamWar
The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Community Partners grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local municipalities undertaking high-need projects such as building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades, and safety improvements. Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000. Applications for the fall funding cycle will be accepted from July 3 to August 25, 2017. Visit the company’s website to review the giving guidelines and to take the eligibility quiz. And to do that, click here.
The Community Grant Program awards grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 through every local facility (Walmart Stores, Sam's Clubs, and Logistics Facilities). Applications may be received anytime before the deadline of Dec. 31. Eligible nonprofit organizations must directly benefit the service area of the facility from which they are requesting funding. Organizations applying must meet one of the following criteria:
- An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
- A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
- A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.
The H. W. Wilson Foundation
420 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY
Primary Contact: Mr. William Stanton, Executive Director
Grant Range: $500 - $100,000
Average Grant: $10,000
Eligibility Requirements: Libraries and higher education institutions
Application Deadlines: None. Requests are reviewed monthly.
Areas of Interest:
The H. W. Wilson Foundation primarily provides support for libraries and programs associated with libraries.
The Foundation also provides support for higher education institutions offering advanced library science degrees, including scholarship programs for library science students.
Grants are not made for buildings, operating funds, or endowments.
Interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request.
The Lisa Libraries donates new children's books and small libraries to organizations that work with kids in poor and under-served areas.
For additional information, click here -- http://www.lisalibraries.org/
"This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings." For additional information, click here.
The Roads to Reading Literacy Initiative (RTRLI) provides grants of new children’s books as educational resources to schools, child-care centers, and nonprofit organizations serving children in need from birth to age 16. Donated books must be used for on-site literacy programs that target underserved communities and are administered by the applicant organization. RTRLI provides books for circulation and story time in school and public libraries; for remedial reading programs in schools, after-school programs, and community centers; and for story time in home daycares and daycare centers. Preference is given to libraries in small communities and to programs that provide structured remedial reading instruction and have been in existence for at least six months.
For additional information, click here.
The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is a worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding "awesomeness in the universe." Established in 2009, the foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled from ten or more self-organizing “micro-trustees." The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest.
Awesome projects range from public artwork to mobile applications to scientific experiments. Projects are not strictly defined, but tend to challenge and expand our understanding of individual and communal potential. They should also bring communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a moment, however temporary. Grants are provided with no strings attached, and the foundation claims no ownership over the projects it supports.
Chapters are divided by geography and by topic of interest. While specifying a chapter to apply to is not necessary (all chapters can view the applications received by all other chapters), many chapters show a preference for local projects.
The Awesome Foundation is open to all people and organizations. There are no prerequisites to apply. For complete program guidelines and application instructions, as well as examples of previously funded projects, see the Awesome Foundation website.
For libraries that have access to 501(c)3 status, if you plan an event (such as your Summer Reading program), and your local Kohls store is able to send five of their associates to volunteer at the event, your library will get help with conducting the event, AND as $500 check from Kohls! More information can be found at http://aia.kohls.com. To schedule an event, contact your local Kohls store.
Through the generous donation of Marina “Marney” Welmers, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to offer the Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant, a grant to support public, middle or high school libraries that have incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism. The grant also provides funding to schools impacted by an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.
"When disaster strikes and a school library is damaged or destroyed, children lose more than books and other resources,” said Welmers, an AASL member and retired middle school librarian. “They lose dreams and escapes, explorations and inspirations, connections and validations, growth and depth, opportunities to learn, create, and understand. However, while these losses affect students, teachers, and parents profoundly, the library collection does not rank very high among the priorities of a school struggling in the aftermath of such an experience. Thus, the purpose of this grant is to provide the seeds, if not the total solutions, for the restoration of this vital key to learning and teaching."
A total of $30,000 in funding is available each year. Grant amounts awarded to applicants will be dependent on several variables, including: total number of applicants, geographic distribution and total unmet need. Grant funds can be used to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment. A jury will determine the final grant amount.
“The school library is the heart and hub of the school’s learning community,” said Audrey Church, AASL president. “It provides access not only to the resources and tools required for learning, but also to a warm, thought-provoking, and safe environment in which learning can take place. Through Marney’s generosity, students experiencing fear and uncertainty will once again have access to a familiar safe haven and quality resources. We cannot thank Marney enough for her support of our students.”
Criteria, eligibility, and application requirements can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/awards.
The American Association of School Librarians www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.
For additional information about the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, what types of programs it supports, and how to apply for a grant, click here.
"TechSoup has the products you need to maximize your technology services to your community. Whether you're looking to upgrade your public access computers, seeking new software, or searching for a way to keep your technology secure, TechSoup's donation program can help you make it happen. We also have a wide range of content and free webinars tailored especially for public libraries on
"The small grants program is an outlet for organizations seeking smaller-scale assistance for non-educational focused projects. These grants range from $100 to $2,000. Small grant project requests must also fit within the Giving Guidelines. These requests are received on a rolling basis, with no specific cycle dates. Please note that grant funds are distributed as Lowe’s gift cards.
For additional information, click here -- http://responsibility.lowes.com/apply-for-a-grant/
From the Banterra website: At Banterra, we understand the importance of service and taking care of our community. That's probably because we understand that our business is about relationships, meeting customers needs, and doing what we can to improve our neighborhoods.
While limited, we can often help with sponsorships, donations or volunteers for charity and community events. If interested, fill out a sponsorship or donation form and return it to your local branch for consideration.
To find the mentioned form, click here, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on "donation".
Harvey Firestone, Jr. Foundation
2000 Brush Street
Ms. Christine Jaggi
Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Rhode Island
Type of Organization: Foundation
Total Annual Giving: $6,003,000
Grant Range: $500 - $105,000
Average Grant: $500 - $5,000
Occasionally, much larger grants are made.
Areas of Interest:
The Harvey Firestone, Jr. Foundation gives to nonprofit organizations primarily in the states of Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island.
The Foundation main areas of interest include:
- arts and culture, including museums;
- Christian churches and organizations;
- human services; and,
Types of support include general operating and project support.
The Foundation does not give to individuals.
Interested applicants should submit a written request that includes a description of the organization, the purpose for which funds are being requested, and the amount of the request. Applicants should also include a copy of the IRS letter confirming tax-exempt status and the most recent financial statement.