The worlds of library and academic research thrive on grants and funding. Indeed there are a multitude of funding sources available throughout the country, and even internationally, that may provide monetary support for schools, public libraries, researchers, academic institutions, and even individuals for research, educational enhancement, or a variety of other related purposes.
Sources are generally grouped into two separate categories—government sources and non-government (including private) sources. They can be geared toward library needs or specific fields of interest.
Please note that the following list is for informational purposes only; inclusion on this list does not mean these organizations/institutions endorse EBSCO or its products.
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Kids in Need Foundation
- The Foundation Center
A list of grants including application deadline: http://www.scholastic.com/librarians/programs/grants.htm
Online seminar on grant-writing by Gary A. Carnow, Ed.D.: http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/grants/scholgrantseminar.htm
The Funding Connection guidance and samples: http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/fundingconnection/grant_resources/guidance_samples/index.html
- Technology Grant News
- AWE Learning Funding Solutions
State & Federal Resources
- LSTA - Library Services and Technology Act
LSTA focuses on priorities important to the 21st library – access to information technology and what ALA terms “information empowerment through special services.” Funding gives states the ability to adapt particular needs to federal guidelines, making it one of the more flexible funding resources available for a variety of library categories. For example, states can use LSTA funds to offer professional development workshops for public and school librarians and teachers to learn and implement technology purchases specific to their state’s library system. Learn more about LSTA at the American Library Association website: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advleg/federallegislation/lsta
- ED.gov (Department of Education)
- Institute of Museum and Library Services – Grants to States program
- National Science Foundation
*A Guide for Proposal Writing: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf9891/nsf9891.htm
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency