New Winnie Belle Learned Grant Round

There is a new Winnie Belle Learned Grant round for youth services. Deadline: May 29, 2009. Our fabulous benefactor, Dr. Burnett Rawson, is very pleased with the projects for children’s and young adult services that we have funded so far in Vermont, and he is eager to fund more. For this round, he is particularly interested in early childhood serves, and services to new immigrant populations, but he is open to anything that will benefit children, teens and families. For more information, and the application form, go to:

If you have any questions, please ask me!


Grace Worcester Greene
Children’s Services Consultant
Vermont Department of Libraries
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
Fax: 802-828-1481

2009 Save America’s Treasures Grants

Deadline is Friday, May 22, 2009 (in-hand deadline, not postmark)

SAVE AMERICA’S TREASURES grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and nationally significant historic structures and sites. Grants are administered by the National Park Service (NPS) in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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DOL Information about federal stimulus funds

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and Libraries

Even before the “stimulus bill” was signed into law in February, librarians in Vermont and across the country were hard at work trying to make sure that some of this money gets to libraries. There are still many unanswered questions about this funding package and new information trickles in each week. DOL is in regular contact with State officials and also with the ALA Washington Office and other state library agencies and I will pass along news as it comes our way.

Some of the biggest money will come to the State of Vermont, in the “Stabilization Funds.” Most or all of that money that comes directly to the state will be directed to projects other than libraries. But there are other ARRA funding programs that are potential sources for us to tap. Read below for tips:

Public Libraries: make sure you are in communication with your town officials. Municipalities will receive a portion of the stabilization money and libraries could be eligible public projects.

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Conference Scholarships

Don’t forget, scholarships for the cost of attending the conference in May are available. Don’t let the cost of attending keep you away; last year there was scholarship money left over! Click here for details.

Grant Opportunity Reminder from NEDCC

Application Deadline: May 14, 2009

THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH) will award PRESERVATION ASSISTANCE GRANTS (PAG) of up to $6,000 to small and mid-sized institutions for preservation planning and implementing small projects that strengthen collections care overall.

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Ten Libraries, Literacy and Gaming Grants Announced

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Literacy and Outreach Services is seeking applications from public, school and academic libraries interested in developing and implementing innovative literacy gaming services for youth ages 10-18.

This program is part of ALA’s Libraries, Literacy and Gaming initiative funded by Verizon.

Ten $5,000.00 grants will be awarded to libraries clearly demonstrating creativity, capacity, sustainability and a strong commitment to literacy-related gaming services. In addition, the winning libraries will receive ongoing support and technical assistance from a team of nationally recognized library gaming experts. Winners will be announced during National Library Week, April 12-18. The grant application is available online at All applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Friday, March 20.

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House Passes American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Bill)

The House of Representatives today passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with a final vote of 246-183, with members voting largely along party lines. No Republicans voted for the legislation and seven Democrats opposed it. The Senate is currently debating the bill and is expected to vote tonight before adjourning for the President’s Day recess. President Obama is expected to sign the bill next week.

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Picturing America Bookshelf Grant Deadline

Public and School Libraries:

This is a reminder that the ALA/NEH “Picturing America” Bookshelf Grant application deadline is January 30, 2009.

The We the People Bookshelf, a collection of classic books for young readers (K-12), is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) We the People program, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office.

The theme for the 2008-2009 Bookshelf is “Picturing America.”

A total of 4,000 public and school (K-12) libraries will be selected to receive the “Picturing America” Bookshelf. Awards will be announced in April 2009.

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NEH Grant Opportunity

The National Endowment for the Humanities “Small Grants to Libraries” program brings humanities public programming to libraries across the country. This current grant program provides financial support to libraries for the planning, arranging, administering, and promoting of the traveling exhibition, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.”

Deadline for grants: January 30, 2009.

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