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:
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.
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.
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:
A private, family foundation that provides grants to charitable organizations primarily in Central New York. Applications are accepted four times per year.
Libraries in Senate District 52 can receive funds for youth collection development (primarily available in Tioga County).
Grants are awarded to projects that benefit residents of Cayuga County.
For Tioga County agencies. The foundation has awarded $7.25 million in grants since 1997.
Grants awarded to local agencies within the Cortland community. Grants are awarded up to $1000.
Grants to libraries and reading rooms in and on the periphery of Tompkins County to purchase books, other media, materials, and equipment.
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.
Grants to organizations that enhance and benefit the residents of Tioga County.
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 KSC@triadfoundation.org.
Annual State/National Grant Opportunities:
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.
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.
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.
$2000 mini grants t0 start a Día family book club at your library.
Dollar General provides Summer Reading Grants, Adult Literacy Grants, Family Literacy Grants, and Youth Literacy 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.
Grants of $250-$5000 are available annually to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America.
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.
The award recognizes a NYS library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users.
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.
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.
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.
This program is designed to encourage innovative projects in the digital humanities, including innovative uses of technology for public programming and education.
This statewide regrant program helps non-profit organizations serve cultural organizations and artists locally and regionally.
Ongoing State/National Grant Opportunities:
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.
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.
Grants for youth education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training and literacy.
Project Grants, Reading and Discussion Grants, Family Reading Grants and many Special Initiative Grants are available.
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 provides up to $1,500 to cover fees for author readings and writing workshops.
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.
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.
This foundation funds projects which support family literacy by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.
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.gov – The 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.
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.)
Census Quick Facts – Basic statistical data for counties and selected cities.
NYS Dept of Labor Statistics: Unemployment and job rates.
FLLS: Advocacy – Statistics about public libraries.
Libraryquotes.org – ALA’s searchable database of quotes about libraries, reading, books, and literacy.
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.”