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Funding Opportunities

Please note that this list is not comprehensive and new opportunities are announced frequently. We encourage you to keep updated via grant announcement sites and the FLLS Weekly Bulletin.

Grants Specifically for Member Libraries:

New York State Construction Grants

Public libraries in our service area may apply through FLLS for a construction grant to fund up to 75 percent of a three-year project.

Outreach Mini Grants

FLLS member libraries may receive between $500-$5000 each year to help under-served groups and people with special needs to use their library. Applications will be reviewed annually in March. Please visit for more information and the application form.

Rosen Library Fund

This endowment fund, provided by a generous bequest from Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen, funds projects at FLLS member libraries which “promote greater and easier access by youth to local libraries.” For more information and to see previously funded projects visit:

Local Grant Opportunities:

Allyn Foundation

A private, family foundation that provides grants to charitable organizations primarily in Central New York. Applications are accepted four times per year.

BOOKS Program

Libraries in Senate District 52 can receive funds for youth collection development (primarily available in Tioga County).

Cayuga Community Fund

Grants are awarded to projects that benefit residents of Cayuga County.

Community Foundation for South Central New York

For Tioga County agencies. The foundation has awarded $7.25 million in grants since 1997.

Cortland Community Foundation

Grants awarded to local agencies within the Cortland community. Grants are awarded up to $1000.

Floyd Hooker Foundation

The Floyd Hooker Donor Advised Fund to benefit the youth of Tioga County.

Friends of the Library, Tompkins County

Grants to libraries and reading rooms in and on the periphery of Tompkins County to purchase books, other media, materials, and equipment.

Howland Foundation Grants

Howland Foundation supports grants in the areas of aging, youth, animal welfare, and environmental preservation in Tompkins County.

Legacy Foundation

Supports programs and projects in the areas of health, education, recreation, human and social services, aging, and the arts in Tompkins County. Support is also givento requests for capital expenditures and “seed” money for new or innovative projects and programs.

Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation

Grants to organizations that enhance and benefit the residents of Tioga County.

Triad Foundation

Provides grants primarily to graduate fellowships, educational programs serving children and youth, marine and tropical ecology, scientific research, and human services. There is no website for this foundation. For more information, please call 607-257-1133 or email Katherine Coin at

Annual State/National Grant Opportunities:

America’s Historical and Cultural Organization: Planning and Implementation Grants

Support for  public programs in the humanities. Grants support the following formats: exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues; interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions; book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and interpretive websites. Planning Grants support the early stages of project development; Implementation Grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.

Best Buy Community Grants

This grant provides grants to nonprofit organizations that help teens build technology skills. The average grant award is $5,000. Organizations must be located within 50 miles of a Best Buy to qualify.

The Big Read

Winners receive a grant (ranging from $2,500 to $20,000), educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities to develop and produce community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. Approximately 75 organizations are selected annually.

Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants

The mission of the Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) is to provide for and support inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to lead healthy, satisfying and enriched lives.

Día Mini Grants

$2000 mini grants t0 start a Día family book club at your library.

Dollar General Literacy Grants

Dollar General provides Summer Reading Grants, Adult Literacy Grants, Family Literacy Grants, and Youth Literacy Grants.

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants

Awards of $500 are given to public schools and public libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community.

Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program

Grants of $250-$5000 are available annually to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America.

Home Depot Community Impact Grants

Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded in the form of Home Depot gift cards for organizations that use volunteers to improve their community.

IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries

These grants are a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. These small grants encourage libraries and archives to test and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide.

Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, New York State Regents Advisory Council

The award recognizes a NYS library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users.

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Formerly called “Coming Up Taller” these awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people by providing them with learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities.

National Center for Family Literacy Libraries and Families Award

This program recognizes innovative library-based literacy programs for high-need families, particularly if they serve intergenerational audiences.  Three libraries will win a $10,000 grant and a trip to NCFL’s annual conference.

National Endowments for the Arts Our Town Program

Organizations may apply for creative placemaking projects that contribute to the livability of communities and place the arts at their core. An organization may request a grant amount from $25,000 to $200,000.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries

These grants support projects that address challenges faced by the museum, library, and/or archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. While it encourages and will consider applications in all areas, IMLS is particularly interested in projects that will support: early learning; STEM; learning spaces in libraries; national digital platform; and civic literacy.

National Medal for Museum and Library Service

The National Medal honors outstanding institutions that make  significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and exceed the expected levels of community outreach. These organizations have established themselves as community anchor institutions.

NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

This program is designed to encourage innovative projects in the digital humanities, including innovative uses of technology for public programming and education.

NY State Council of the Arts Decentralization Grant

This statewide regrant program helps non-profit organizations serve cultural organizations and artists locally and regionally.

Project: Connect

Support for youth digital media programs that feature single or multi-day participatory and hands-on learning experiences (labs, hackathons, pop-up events).

Target Early Childhood Reading Grant

These $2000 grants support programs such as library storytimes and family reading nights. Libraries must be located within 100 miles of a Target store to qualify.

Ongoing State/National Grant Opportunities:

Build-A-Bear Literacy and Education Grants

Direct support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs. Grants are a one-time contribution, and range from $1,000 to $10,000.

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program

The Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (DUC) distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide.  Browse and order their available free books through their order form.


Firstbook donates high-quality youth materials (you only pay the shipping) to organizations who serve low-income families.

Honda Foundation

Grants for youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.

Libri Foundation Books for Children Program

This foundation donates new hardcover children’s books on a matching funds basis to rural libraries. They will match from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, your library could receive up to $1,050 worth of new children’s books for $350 (about 70 books). Local sponsors have five months (or longer, if necessary) after their library has been selected to raise the matching funds.

Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust

Grants to librarians who “promote the free reading of teenagers” in a creative or innovative fashion.

NY Council for the Humanities Grants

Project Grants, Reading and Discussion Grants, Family Reading Grants and many Special Initiative Grants are available.

Outside the Box (RedBox)

Outside the Box is an innovative program that brings people together for free, fun entertainment events in their local community. When people connect, communities benefit-and as trusted community anchors, public libraries are central to Outside the Box efforts.

Poets & Writers Readings/Workshops Program

Poets & Writers provides up to $1,500 to cover fees for author readings and writing workshops.

USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Loans and Grants for Rural Libraries

The Community Facilities Program provides loans and grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population.   Funds may be used to construct, enlarge or improve public libraries.  This can include costs to acquire land needed for a facility, pay necessary professional fees and purchase equipment required for operation as well as to purchase shelving, furniture, computers, audio-visual equipment, distance learning equipment and bookmobiles.

Verizon Foundation

Support for literacy, education, healthcare, and sustainability.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports new ideas about how to engage children and youth in learning and new ways to bring together community-based systems that promote learning.

Wish You Well Foundation

This foundation funds projects which support family literacy  by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.

Grant Announcements

ProgrammingLibrarian Grant Lists – Grants and awards are listed by deadline.

Library Grants Blog – Grant announcements provided by the authors of Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.

LibraryWorks: Grants – Funding opportunities are listed by deadline.

Grants.govThe access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.

The Foundation Center –  The largest and most comprehensive resource for researching foundations.

Funding Resources for Libraries – An excellent overview of resources for finding funding by Pamela MacKellar.

NYS Library Selected Grants and Fundraising Resources Page-A comprehensive list of resources for finding funding and other funding resources for New York State Libraries.

Institute of Museum and Library Services-A National Database of Foundations and Charitable organizations that fund libraries.

NYS Grants Gateway Site-Link to NYS Gateway Portal. Offers a listing of funding opportunities from New York State.

Grantwriting Resources

Tutorials and Tips:

Outcome-Based Evaluation Training- Training in writing Outcome-Based Objectives from the NYS Library.

Winning Library Grants Webinar – Archived 2011 Webjunction webinar and associated links.

Turning the Page Online: Building Your Library Community – A free  library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA).

Grantspace Online Tutorials – Online fundraising webinars by the Foundation Center (many are free).

Grants Champion – Resources for writing grant proposals, including a free Grant Writing Revealed ebook, an assessment quiz, and articles.

Links for Calculating Local Statistics/Data:

NYS Free and Reduced Lunch Statistics  (Select the County, change the Claim Period to Dec, check the Public School box and click Find.  You can copy and paste into a spreadsheet.)

Poverty Rates: Search census data for your area by following the Data Collection Directions pdf icon and Quick Guide pdf icon. Sample Data on Avoca village, New York pdf icon

NYS 2011-2012 Graduation Rates by School District  pdf icon (Statistics last updated 06/17/13. To check for more up-to-date statistics, search the NYSED’s IRS for the year and “graduation rate data”)

Census Quick Facts – Basic statistical data for counties and selected cities.

NYS Dept of Labor Statistics: Unemployment and job rates.

General Statistics/Quotes:

FLLS: Advocacy – Statistics about public libraries. – ALA’s searchable database of quotes about libraries, reading, books, and literacy.


FLLS Professional Development Collection:

FLLS offers grantwriting resources in our professional development collection, available via the catalog.