[Library Media] Grant Resources

Stephen Matthews smatthews at utah.gov
Tue Nov 12 09:06:53 MST 2013

Utah Librarians,

The following grant resource information is available for your
consideration and use.

Seventy-five grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofit
organizations to conduct community-wide reading programs that encourage
participation by diverse audiences.
Deadline: January 28, 2014

Designed to respond to the crisis in journalism resulting from the laying
off of thousands of journalists since the start of the economic downturn in
2008, the program provides support for reporters in need of work and
promotes investigative articles on the Web. Grants of up to $10,000 will be
awarded to experienced reporters interested in undertaking investigative
projects with special consideration given to journalists who have been laid
off or are otherwise no longer employed by their news organizations.
Deadline: Rolling

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation and the Poynter Institute have announced
that applications are available for organizations interested in hosting a
McCormick Specialized Reporting Institute in 2014. SRIs are intensive
reporting workshops designed to provide subject-specific expertise and
practical skills to working journalists. An SRI is organized and
administered by an SRI host, which plans and carries out the program and
related e-learning offerings for a broader audience. Most SRI workshops
provide two days of instruction to about twenty journalists.
Workshop participants represent all media platforms, and, to extend the
learning beyond the workshop, SRI hosts work with Poynter to produce an
online resource page for reporters, a webinar, and either a live chat or
how-to article on the Poynter Web site.
Eligible applicants include journalism schools, nonprofit organizations,
and other training groups that propose teaching on a topic of keen interest
to citizens, and therefore to journalists, in 2014. Individuals and
for-profit entities may apply, as may nonprofit organizations. Applicants
must demonstrate experience and ability — including resources and industry
contacts — to carry out the program.
Poynter and McCormick will provide each host with grants of between $30,000
and $50,000. Funds are applicable to the costs of the training, including
travel and lodging for participants, as well as the costs of providing an
expert for the live chat or how-to story and for gathering materials for
the resource page and helping promote the page. Deadline: November 15, 2013

Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to support nonfiction book
publishing related to the urban experience; natural and historic resources;
art, architecture, and design; cultural history; and civil liberties and
other public issues. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations. Trade
publishers and public agencies may apply for grants in partnership with an
eligible nonprofit sponsor. Deadline: March 1, 2014

The Lawrence Foundation awards grants to U.S.-based nonprofits working in
the areas of the environment, education, human services, disaster relief,
and other causes. The foundation awards both program and operating grants
with no geographic restrictions to nonprofit organizations that qualify for
tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, as
well as public schools and libraries. Deadline: April 30, 2014

Several publishers have matching grants for books for literacy programs. It
is worth asking. One company with a formal plan is Usborne Books,
http://www.literacyforalifetime.org/ .
Scholastic offers free and reduced price books to schools that host book

The Institute for Museum and Library Services offers multiple grants. To
see what might match your mission, go to their searchable grants page:
http://www.imls.gov/applicants. Grants are listed by project type and due
date are also found here.

Through its OpenGov Grants program, the foundation will award one-time
grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to support open-source projects that
use technology to encourage more complete, equitable, and/or effective
democratic participation. Deadline: Rolling

Microsoft and other companies provide software to nonprofits and public
libraries through Tech Soup. There are restrictions; to review the
restrictions, go to this site and click on Microsoft:
For general information, go to:
NOTE: Tech Soup offers other resources.

Stephen A. Matthews, PhD
LSTA Grants Coordinator, Rural Library Consultant
Utah State Library
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
W: 801-715-6722
Fax: 801-715-6767
smatthews at utah.gov
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