Nov 07

Time for the Laura Bush Grant

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Accepting School Library Grant Applications
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, a component fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C., seeks to provide books and reading materials to the school libraries and students that most need them. The foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to help school libraries expand, update, and diversify their book collections. In the last funding cycle, the foundation made grants totaling more than $1.1 million to two hundred and thirty-eight schools. The 2012 LBF grant application deadline is December 1.

May 25

Gale/LMC TEAMS Award deadline June 30, 2012

“The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award program recognizes and encourages critical collaborations between teachers and media specialists to promote learning and increase student achievement. Nominations are evaluated based on demonstrated collaboration between media specialists and teachers, effective techniques that positively impact student learning and achievement, support received from school leadership, and ability for others to replicate this best practice.
All K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada are eligible to enter. Three winners will receive a $2,500 cash award, $500 of Gale products, a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection, and an Educator’s Professional Bookshelf (approximate value $500) from Linworth Publishing. For more information and application guidelines visit the Gale Schools website.”

May 08

Best Buy Grants deadline July 1, 2012

In order to give teens access to opportunities through technology, Best Buy seeks applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public agencies that have tax-exempt status, including schools and libraries.  Grant amounts will average $4000-$6000 and will not exceed $10,000.

For eligibility criteria and online application, see

May 04

High Seas Animation Contest – entries due by May 27

“Help celebrate the release of The Pirates! Band of Misfits by creating your own swashbuckling adventure and the pirate treasure could be yours! Enter the High Seas Animation Contest by uploading your own pirate-themed animation to the official page on SchoolTube before midnight on May 27th,  for a chance to win a trip for two to a North American Animation Festival, the same software used to film The Pirates: Stop Motion Pro Studio HD, and more.”

Sponsored by ISTE, this contest is open to students ages 7-18 in K-12 schools.
See  for details


Apr 06

Lois Lenski Covey Foundation Grant

Deadline: June 15, 2012. The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation provides grants of $500-$3000 to enable school libraries serving economically or socially at-risk children to purchase books for their collections.
For more information visit the LLCF website.


Mar 18

FREE Grant-writing Tutorials/Webinars

From Grantspace, a service of the Foundation Center:

March 21, 2012 – 2 – 3pm  Proposal Writing Basics:

“Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover:

  • How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals”

March 28, 2 – 3pm.  Proposal Budgeting Basics:

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as:

  • What is included under the “personnel” section and how to calculate it?
  • What level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?
  • How do you determine reasonable costs?
  • What types of expenses are considered “overhead”?
  • What other financial documents will funders want to see?”

From Nonprofit Webinars, a service of Good Done Great:

March 21, 2012, 3 – 4pm:  Collaborating with Partners on Joint Grants: Do’s and Don’ts:

More and more funders prefer (or require) organizations to leverage their resources by collaborating with complementary partners. In a world where competition is often more common than cooperation, how do we navigate these waters? This workshop will showcase some successful collaborations that involved joint grantseeking, and offer pointers on how you can succeed too!”

Mar 09

Win a visit to your School Library by Jan Brett

“International bestselling author and illustrator Jan Brett is giving away a free visit to a school or library. The school or library that has the most parents, teachers, librarians, friends, or supporters who “like” Jan Brett on Facebook will win a free school or library visit in the 2012/2013 school year from Jan. Anyone over the age of 18 may enter; they do not need to have an affiliation with the school or library for which they are entering. Entries must be submitted no later than April 9.
Jan is also offering Runners up (2-10)  a prize of 10 Jan Brett books for the school or library, and second runners up (11-100) will receive a prize of a signed Jan Brett poster. The contest is limited to one entry per person. To enter and to see complete contest rules, visit Jan’s website.”  – from AASL Hotlinks