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Grants for Libraries

Resources supporting the FLA 2018 presentation: Unleash your librarian superpowers to author winning grant proposals.

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Search for all federal funding options through the portal.

Institute of Museum and Library Services ​
Includes the ​​National Leadership Grants for Libraries, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, Activating Community Opportunities Using Museums / Libraries as Assets -  A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative.

National Endowment of the Humanities
Includes Preservation Assistance Grants, Preservation and Access Education and Training Grants, Digital Projects for the Public, Digital Humanities Advancement Grants.

National Science Foundation
Includes STEM + Computing K-12 Education, Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science.  

U.S. Department of Education
Includes the Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program, Race to the Top Fund.

Florida Department of State Grants page for libraries
Includes information on writing and administering Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants, as well as library cooperative grants, and public library construction grants.

Foundation & Non-Profit Sources

Andrew K Mellon Foundation
The Mellon Foundations accepts inquiries for grant support that strengthen the humanities, arts, higher education, and cultural heritage.  Proposed projects are then invited to submit a grant.  Areas of focus include higher education and scholarship in the humanities, arts and cultural heritage, diversity, and scholarly communications.

Council on Library and Information Resources
Independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. Includes fellowship programs and grants for digitization and preservation.

Florida Humanities Council
Grants to help support the development and presentation of humanities-rich cultural resources and public programs.

Community Foundations of Florida
Community foundations across Florida offer grants to support local communities and address local needs, including sponsorship grants for special programs and events. Search the Community Foundations of Florida directory to find your local foundation and potential funding opportunities.


Grants for Professional Development

Travel Grants

Hoping to attend a professional conference but don't have professional development funds?  Most library association groups and vendors routinely offer travel grants to librarians and library staff to pay for the costs of attending a conference. Here are a few to start with: 

Research Grants

Looking for support to jump start a research project.  Professional societies and library vendors are a good place to start for funding opportunities to support research.