Funding Opportunities for Librarians

In today’s market, it is almost essential to look for grants outside of your local school. Several grants I was successful with are: Target Field Trip Grant, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant and the Donors’ Choose.org.
Apply early and don’t wait for the last day to submit your application. All of the grants I mentioned require you to submit your application online. Waiting to the last minute means the server could crash because many others have waited until the last minute too. Save yourself the aggravation and apply way before the deadline.
Target Field Trip Grant: Funding up to $700 for trips for students. Deadline is September 30. Application period opens: August 1. Deadline: September 30. HINT: Think about your idea in May, ask your principal for permission to apply during the summer. Apply early!! Before school starts is the best time, you know once the students come in, there is not much time for grant writing. https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants
Other opportunities from Target are the Art, Culture and Design in School grants, could be used to fund cultural programs in schools. Apply between March 1 and April 30. Grants are up to $2,000. Think: author visit and tie it in with an author/illustrator. Could be used to motivate students to enter the Ezra Jack Keats Bookmaking Competition: http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/teachlearn/arts/ejk.html
Deadline: January 24th, 2014. For New York City students only.
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant: http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/
Fall Deadline: October 15, 2013. Spring deadline: February 15, 2014. I recommend applying for the spring grant as soon as the application is posted. Begin thinking about the grant now. When the application goes live, submit. Lowes’ limits the grant application process to the first 1500 schools that apply, again, the earlier, the better.
Meeting deadlines is essential for getting the grants.
Donor’s Choose.org: This is a great site to go when you wish to fund small projects. Benefits: easy application, quick turnover if your project gets funded. Drawbacks: you get the supplies listed on the site, you need to find what you need from the vendors listed. May not always find what you are looking for. BIG PLUS: no deadlines, apply whenever you have the time and the ideas. http://www.donorschoose.org/

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