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FLLS Scholarships

None at this time.

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 Bi-Weekly Bulletin.

Grants Specifically for Member Libraries:

Family Literacy Grant

Update: On November 3, 2021 the Adult and Family Literacy project funding has been merged into the Coordinated Outreach funding.  We’ll be announcing new grant opportunities soon.

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-$2,500 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.

Community Foundation Library Grant Cycle

This grant cycle was inspired by the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund which seeks to promote genuine intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of reading and learning, by promoting greater and easier access by youth to local libraries. Eligible applicants are the 33 public libraries in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties, the 5 counties of the Finger Lakes Library System.

Local Grant Opportunities:

Allyn Foundation Opportunity Fund

A private, family foundation that provides grants to charitable organizations primarily in Central New York. Organizations in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties that meet our stated mission of building strong families and vibrant neighborhoods may submit a brief one-to-two-page summary of a proposed project or funding request. These funding request summaries may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Central New York Community Fund

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.

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.

Fred L. Emerson Foundation

The Fred L. Emerson Foundation’s grantmaking is focused on Upstate New York with a concentration on the founder’s community of Auburn, Cayuga County and the surrounding region.

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

The Legacy Foundation of Tompkins County offers grants to nonprofits within Tompkins County every Spring and Fall.

Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation

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

Tioga County Senior Citizens Foundation

A charitable foundation which provides grants to agencies that support quality of life of senior citizens within Tioga County, New York.

Annual State/National Grant Opportunities:

Better World Books Literacy Grants

Better World Books grants fund literacy and educational nonprofits and libraries for specific projects — the front lines of the fight to reduce global poverty through education.

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.

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-$5,000 are available annually to support local efforts to build and sustain a high quality of life in rural America.

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 Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and long-term sustainability.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Public Humanities Projects

Public Humanities Projects grants support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences. Projects must engage humanities scholarship to analyze significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art history. NEH encourages projects that involve members of the public in collaboration with humanities scholars or that invite contributions from the community in the development and delivery of humanities programming.

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.

NY State Council of the Arts Decentralization & Regrant Programs

NYSCA initiates funding partnerships with regional arts councils and cultural organizations. The local grant making organizations providing support in a wide range of arts disciplines are referred to as Statewide Community Regrant Partners (SCR). Application deadlines are set by each SCR partner, so check your local partner for details.

NYLA Section and NYLA Round Table Funding Opportunities

Many of the NYLA sections and round tables offer scholarships to attend NYLA and awards for conference programming.

Ongoing State/National Grant Opportunities:

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 New York 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.

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

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

Candid: Visualizing Funding for LibrariesFormerly The Foundation Center. Track and find funding for libraries by using this free data tool.

Finger Lakes Grants Information Center – Their mission is to create a resource for our local communities to provide the information and tools necessary to attract funding to Auburn and the Finger Lakes region from foundations, federal, state and local governments and other grantmakers. Also offers access to the Foundation Directory Online Professional on location in Auburn, NY. – The access point for over 900 grant programs offered by the 26 Federal grant-making agencies.

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

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:

FLLS Grant Writing Webinar Follow-Up – This 2019 session covered tips for success, persuasive writing, top reasons for denied proposals, and available resources. Recording available.

Candid Training – Learning opportunities designed to develop skills, practices, and behaviors which best prepare people working in the social sector for success (many are free).

Candid Proposal Writing – Build the essential knowledge and skills to craft effective grant proposals.

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

Outcome-Based Evaluation Basics – Learn the basics of OBE, brought to you by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Purdue OWL: Grant Writing – This resource provides general guidelines for grant writing in general and in the scientific disciplines.

Links for Calculating Local Statistics/Data:

Census Data – The Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy.

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

City-Data – Stats about all US cities.

Children’s Defense Fund – The Children’s Defense Fund champions policies and programs to improve the odds for America’s children.

Diversity Data Kids – Explore hundreds of measures of child well-being and policy analysis from a unique information source that documents diversity, opportunity, and equity among US children.

Kids Count Data Center – KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track the well-being of children in the United States.

National Center for Education Statistics – The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

NYS Free and Reduced Lunch Statistics  – Select the County, change the Claim Period to Dec,  change School Year to 2020-2021, check the School box under Public, and click Find.

NYS Dept of Labor Statistics – Unemployment and job rates.

NYSED Data Site – This site provides a first step in publicly reporting educational data so all interested parties can be better informed as they work to advance student achievement.

Policy Map – Easy-to-use online mapping with data on demographics, real estate, health, jobs, and more in communities across the US.

General Statistics/Quotes:

FLLS Advocacy – Statistics about public libraries.

BookRiot Library Quotes – 50 favorite library quotes about how awesome libraries are.

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.”

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