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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 the Outreach Services page 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 the Community Foundation website.

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.

Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.


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.

Humanities NY Grants

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

The Pilcrow Foundation Rural Public Library Grants

The Pilcrow Foundation, a national non-profit public charity, provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-$400 through a local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books.

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.

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.

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.

Grant Writing 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 2013-2014 Graduation Rates by School District  pdf icon (Statistics last updated August 2014. 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.

coverNSNewALA Book of Library Grant Money

FLLS Professional Development Collection:

FLLS offers grant writing resources in our professional development collection, available via the catalog.
Use the search terms “library grant” or “grant writing.”