Thanks to a $75,000 grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, United for Libraries is awarding 20 Citizens-Save-Libraries grants to support advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled budgets. The grants will cover travel and expenses to send expert advocates to 20 locations over the course of 2 years to help Friends of the Library groups, library directors and Trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.
Selected libraries will receive two days of on-site, in-person training (approx. 5 hours each day). Applications for the first cycle of grants are due April 15, 2013 for training between June 1, 2013-May 1, 2014. Selected libraries in the first cycle will be notified of acceptance by May 15, 2013. Exact dates of training to be set in consultation with selected libraries. Applications for the second cycle of grants will be available in January 2014.
- Demonstrated need for help with a library advocacy campaign.
- Minimum of five volunteers committed to working on a leadership team for a campaign. Each member understands that this commitment may require at least weekly meetings for up to 90 days.
- Leadership team available for two days of on-site, in-person training (approx. 5 hours each day) between June 1, 2013-May 1, 2014.
- One member of the leadership team is willing to become a local “mentor” for other libraries in the state and/or region. Mentor may be invited to participate in a one-time live one hour webinar and may also be asked to give an advocacy program at state library conference.
- Support of the library’s Board of Trustees.
- No member of the United for Libraries’ Board of Directors or his or her library will be eligible to receive this grant.
Application and Details: http://www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/neal-schuman