Foundation / Corporation
American Library Association (ALA)
12/02/21 11:59 PM CT
Grants of $10,000 and in-kind support to USA and territories libraries for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to help strengthen libraries and support recovery in the wake of the pandemic. Eligible libraries include academic, public, tribal, K-12, special, and prison libraries.
American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is a grantmaking program to deliver relief to libraries recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the American Library Association (ALA) will distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to help anchor libraries as strong humanities institutions as they emerge and rebuild from the pandemic.
The purpose of this emergency relief program is to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic and require support to restore and sustain their core activities.
ALA will distribute ARP grants to libraries, with an emphasis on reaching libraries in historically underserved and/or rural communities.
The general goals of this ARP funding opportunity include:
Below are several examples of eligible expenses; note that this list is not exhaustive:
NEH defines “humanities” as follows: The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.
GrantWatch ID#: 199114
ALA will distribute up to 200 ARP grants.
Selected libraries will receive:
- $10,000 to support humanities functions of the library
- One print copy of “Going Virtual: Programs and Insights from a Time of Crisis” by Sarah Ostman for the ALA Public Programs Office (ALA Editions, 2021)
- Access to a community of practice for grant recipients, via the ALA Connect platform, throughout the grant term
- Online resources to announce the grant locally (e.g., template press release, social media messaging, web graphics)
Grant implementation period: March 1 - August 31, 2022 (6 months)
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: http://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=AMALA
Schedule a 20-minute consultation call with ALA PPO staff: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmtKMHQy7rRng1SbYXN9GAdQ8EVRrASya4AqjhXj-cpUxBCw/viewform?usp=sf_link
If you have questions, contact:
American Library Association
Public Programs Office
1-800-545-2433, ext. 5045
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