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Grant Resources

To suggest additions, please email Anne Hamland at ahamland@wvls.org.

Grant Funding and Finding Tools

~Solving the Funding Puzzle, Infotoday.com November 2019

Local Grants

Local Municipalities: Ask your municipality for pool passes, skate park or city park access.

Local School District: Ask your local school district for passes to sporting events, plays, or other events open to the public.

Large hometown businesses

  • Ask a local business if they offer community grants.
    • Known grant providers for WVLS libraries: Walmart, Kmart, Ace Hardware, McDonalds, Hardees, movie theaters, ice cream shops, coffee shops.

Local Organizations

  • Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, Moose, Legion, Hospital Foundation, Literacy Council, Cooperatives, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, United Way, Chamber of Commerce…
Wisconsin Grants

Ann Marie Foundation: Quarterly grant periods

  • The Ann Marie Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Wisconsin communities it serves. The foundation provides monetary awards to schools and non-profit organizations to promote educational, humanitarian, cultural, and recreational activities. The foundation also provides scholarships to high school graduates.

Donors Forum of Wisconsin has information from the donor’s perspective.

The Foundation Center has information about donors.

Foundations in Wisconsin (Contact Rachel Metzler rmetzler@wvls.org for log in information)

  • An online directory of active grant-making foundations in the state of Wisconsin maintained by Marquette University

Mead Witter Foundation

Wisconsin Common Grant Application form: Many Wisconsin foundations accept the Wisconsin Common Grant Application, a generalized application that was last updated in 2006. Information about individual grant programs is available from each funder, and at the Marquette University Funding Information Center at Marquette University Raynor Library (above).

National Grants

Demco Grants Database

  • Look for grant opportunities in four different categories: Early Childhood, Library, STEM, Technology

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

  • March 31, 2017
  • The EJK Mini-Grant offers funding of up to $500 and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant

  • 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.
  • Information for Wisconsin Applicants

YALSA Awards, Grants, Stipends and Scholarships

  • Each year YALSA offers more than $195,000 in grants and awards to members who work with or on behalf of teens. Please click on the individual grant for application information. YALSA also sponsors one Spectrum Scholar and an Emerging Leader each year, using funds provided by the Friends of YALSA. YALSA members are also eligible for scholarships, awards and grants from the American Library Association.  New to grant writing?  Check out these great tips!
Youth Services Grants

Maureen Hayes Author/ Illustrator AwardThis $4,000 award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library.

Pilcrow Foundation Grant (national, youth collection development)

Adult and Inclusive Services Grants

Bader Philanthropies, Inc. based in Milwaukee funds projects far and wide.

Funded Bridges Library System Library Memory Project

Helen Ramon, Senior Program Officer, would like to see more grant applications come in from public libraries with a focus is on older adults and those living with memory loss. Bader funds local Wisconsin and national projects concerning Alzheimer’s and Aging.

Medical College of Wisconson

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) regularly issues requests for proposals (RFPs) for funding awards. They seek partners who share their belief that by working together you can build a healthier Wisconsin today, and for generations to come. Through investments in research, health workforce development and education, and community initiatives, we are building capacity, developing new knowledge, and changing systems to positively impact health from cells to society statewide.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant Highlights

    The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced on September 27 that the competitive grant application process for library relief funding is now open. Anne Hamland sent a message to WVLS directors on October 7th regarding a collaboration among WVLS, IFLS, and NWLS to apply for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for Wisconsin Libraries Funding.

    Please read the information sheet, and if you are interested in any of the items, please fill out the form by October 15.

    Grant Highlights

    American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries, American Library Association

    The general goals of this ARP opportunity include to help create or preserve jobs; support or maintain general operations; create or sustain humanities programs; and implement new humanities activities or sustain existing activities. Eligible expenses include salary and benefit support for library workers engaged in humanities activities; costs related to in-person or virtual humanities programming, such as book clubs and guest lectures; and marketing and advertising to support library humanities efforts.

    Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants: Wisconsin Humanities Board

    • To support cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. To assist organizations in all regions of Wisconsin. A total of $766,120 will be awarded.
    • Deadlines are July 19 and October 15, 2021.
    • Applications will open in the grant portal on June 18 and September 15, 2021.

    American Rescue Plan: ALA Guide

    • ALA has published a new resource that details how libraries of all types can best obtain a portion of the state-allocated funding outlined in the American Rescue Plan Act. Passed by Congress on March 10, 2021, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), along with billions of dollars in school, academic, and public library-eligible programs.

    American Rescue Plan – State Funding Guide: Information on the relief provisions important to libraries included in the final bill

    • Find helpful links, template letters for libraries to customize to their designated officials, and contact information for additional state and local guidance. 
    • Keep this page bookmarked, as the resource will be continuously updated as more information is released.

    Grant Writing Tips

    1. Ask peers where they received a grant.
    2. Ask peers for copies of their successful applications.
    3. Provide a goal with your grant request, do not just ask for money.
    4. Consider non-library funding opportunities: k-12, youth related organizations, adult care organizations… 
    5. Include all information pieces requested in the application in the format requested. 
    6. Keep it short and direct, grant committees may have many applications to get through and yours might be the last they read.
    7. Proofread, have someone else proofread your work too.
    8. Send thank you to the organizaiton whether or not you recieve a grant.

    5 Grant Writing Tips, SLJ 2019

    Grants A-Z

    Use the keyboard short cut Control+F to search this list.

    American Rescue Plan: ALA Guide

    • ALA has published a new resource that details how libraries of all types can best obtain a portion of the state-allocated funding outlined in the American Rescue Plan Act. Passed by Congress on March 10, 2021, the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes $200 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), along with billions of dollars in school, academic, and public library-eligible programs.

    American Rescue Plan – State Funding Guide: Information on the relief provisions important to libraries included in the final bill

    • Find helpful links, template letters for libraries to customize to their designated officials, and contact information for additional state and local guidance. 
    • Keep this page bookmarked, as the resource will be continuously updated as more information is released.

    WVLS Grants & Scholarships

    Ann Marie Foundation: Quarterly grant periods

    • The Ann Marie Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Wisconsin communities it serves. The foundation provides monetary awards to schools and non-profit organizations to promote educational, humanitarian, cultural, and recreational activities. The foundation also provides scholarships to high school graduates.

    Bader Philanthropies, Inc. (state)

    • based in Milwaukee funds projects far and wide.
    • Funded Bridges Library System Library Memory Project
    • Helen Ramon, Senior Program Officer, would like to see more grant applications come in from public libraries with a focus is on older adults and those living with memory loss. Bader funds local Wisconsin and national projects concerning Alzheimer’s and Aging.

    Boy Scouts (local)

    Chamber of Commerce (local)

    Demco Grants Database

    • Look for grant opportunities in four different categories: Early Childhood, Library, STEM, Technology

    Dollar General Literacy Foundation (local/national): partner for a grant

    Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

      • The EJK Mini-Grant offers funding of up to $500 and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library.

    Girl Scouts (local): partner for a grant

    Hospital Foundations (local)

    Ideas to Action Fund: WiLS

    • The Fund aims to encourage collaborations among WiLS members and with community partners, support innovative and exploratory new work within the Wisconsin library community, and seed the development of processes and resources that can be shared with and used by other WiLS members.
    • Read about the Ideas to Action projects funded since 2018 for examples or inspiration.

    Kiwanis (local)

    Kwik Trip (local)

    Large hometown businesses (local)

    • Ask a local business if they offer community grants.
      • Known grant providers for WVLS libraries: Walmart, Kmart, Ace Hardware, McDonalds, Hardees, movie theaters, ice cream shops, coffee shops.

    Lions Club (local)

    Literacy Council (local)

    Maureen Hayes Author/ Illustrator Award (youth)

    • This $4,000 award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library.

    Medical College of Wisconson (state)

    • Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) regularly issues requests for proposals (RFPs) for funding awards. They seek partners who share their belief that by working together you can build a healthier Wisconsin today, and for generations to come. Through investments in research, health workforce development and education, and community initiatives, we are building capacity, developing new knowledge, and changing systems to positively impact health from cells to society statewide.
    • About Advancing Behavioral Health Fact Sheet
    • Advancing Behavirol Health Project Contact List 7.1.18

    Moose Club (local)

    Municipalities (local)

    • Ask your municipality for pool passes, skate park or city park access.

    Pilcrow Foundation Grant (national, youth collection development)

    Rotary Club (local)

    School Districts (local)

    • Ask your local school district for passes to sporting events, plays, or other events open to the public.

    United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant (national)

    • 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.

    United Way (local)

    Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grants: Wisconsin Humanities Board

    • To support cultural organizations that provide humanities programming and that have been adversely impacted by the pandemic. To assist organizations in all regions of Wisconsin. A total of $766,120 will be awarded.

    • Deadlines are July 19 and October 15, 2021.

    • Applications will open in the grant portal on June 18 and September 15, 2021.

    YALSA Awards, Grants, Stipends and Scholarships (national)

    • Each year YALSA offers more than $195,000 in grants and awards to members who work with or on behalf of teens. Please click on the individual grant for application information. YALSA also sponsors one Spectrum Scholar and an Emerging Leader each year, using funds provided by the Friends of YALSA. YALSA members are also eligible for scholarships, awards and grants from the American Library Association.  New to grant writing?  Check out these great tips!

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