Historic Preservation Grants – Deadline Oct. 7

The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation offers grants of up to $20,000 to nonprofit organizations and municipalities to help repair and restore historic buildings. Established in 1986, the State-funded Historic Preservation Grant Program helps municipalities and non-profit organizations rehabilitate and keep in active use the buildings that make up a vital part of Vermont’s historic downtowns, villages, and rural communities. Since inception, the program has granted almost $4 million towards the preservation of 495 historic community buildings, including libraries. If your library is located in a historic building, you may be eligible to apply for a Historic Preservation Grant to assist with the cost of repairing and maintaining your structure.

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Funding Available to Increase Literacy Resources for Adult ELL – Deadline Aug 26

In May 2012, The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) received funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to continue the American Dream Starts @ your library, a literacy initiative serving adult English language learners and their families.  A primary goal of this project is to help public libraries in Dollar General communities add or improve library literacy services for adult English language learners and their families.

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NEH Now Accepting Applications for Muslim Journeys, a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in collaboration with the ALA Public Programs Office, is accepting applications through September 25 for Muslim Journeys, a Bridging Cultures Bookshelf program. To apply, visit www.programminglibrarian.org/muslimjourneys.

In January 2013, up to 1,000 public libraries, community college and academic libraries, and state humanities councils will be selected to receive:

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2012 Public Library Grants Request – Ashgate Publishing

Call for grant applications from Vermont Town Libraries

Since the year 2000, Ashgate Publishing Company in Burlington has devoted a large portion of its annual charitable contributions budget to support libraries around the state.

In the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Irene, and in recognition of our role as a corporate citizen in this state, Ashgate UK made a special donation in late 2011 in support of Vermont and Vermonters: $2,500 for the Vermont Public Libraries Foundation and $1,000 to the Librarians Relief Fund.

Through its library donations program, Ashgate makes grants to public libraries in Vermont for special one-time projects and needs (as opposed to standard operating expenses and book budgets) as they arise.  The charitable donations committee encourages libraries to apply for grants that supplement other fundraising efforts.  Libraries are also encouraged to team up with other area libraries and apply for grants collectively.  Examples of the grants made in recent years include:

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Resource Sharing Grants Deadline Approaching

The Department of Libraries mailed forms for the 2012 Resource Sharing Grants to eligible libraries in an April 23 mailing.

This is a reminder that libraries must return the signed 2012 Grant Agreement form and 2011 Resource Sharing Grant Report form by May 14, 2012.

We want to make sure that all eligible libraries receive grant funds, so please return those forms by the postmark deadline of May 14. These grants are made possible with federal LSTA funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and this paperwork is required to meet federal grant guidelines.

If you have questions, please contact Renee Ancel at: 802-828-3266 / renee.ancel@state.vt.us

ALA Grant Announcement for Public Libraries

The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announces a new traveling exhibition opportunity for public libraries. Following a competitive application process, eight public libraries will be selected to host an interactive exhibition called Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference. Public libraries in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underserved groups are especially invited to apply. Online applications must be submitted to ALA by May 1. To apply, visit: www.ala.org/programming/discovertech

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Center for Cartoon Studies Scholarship for a Teen Cartoonist

For the fourth year in a row, the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has donated a full scholarship to the Department of Libraries so a Vermont teen can attend their one week workshop, “Create Comics,” this summer. This full scholarship, worth $900, includes the workshop, supplies, morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and evening student activities. Lodging is not included, but there is a very inexpensive hostel option at the nearby Hotel Coolidge. Any Vermont student age 16 or older (must be 16 years old by June 1, 2012) is eligible. The workshop will take place in White River Junction, VT July 16-20, 2012.

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Scholarships for DCF Conference

By now most of you will have received the flyer for this year’s DCF conference to be held on Friday, May 4 at the Stoweflake Resort in Stowe, VT. Hope that you’re excited about our great speakers, Jon Scieszka and Raina Telgemeier, and workshops. This year, for the first time, the Friends of DCF are giving 6 scholarships to people who would not otherwise be able to go! We know that budgets are tight and many cannot attend because of the cost, so this will allow 6 more of you to be there. Deadline to apply for a scholarship is:  February 24.

For links to both the Conference brochure and the scholarship application, go to: http://libraries.vermont.gov/libraries/cbec/dcf/dcfconference