Grant and Funding Sources

The Department of Libraries posts the information that it receives regarding grants available to libraries in our listing of Current Grant Opportunities

Grants Collection at the Vermont State Library

The Vermont State Library is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network Partner (formerly called Cooperating Collections).  As a network partner the Vermont State Library provides nonprofit organizations and individuals access to the Foundation Directory Online, a database of private and corporate foundation grantmakers, as well as print resources. More information about the Grants Collection....

Ashgate Library Grant Program

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. Ashgate is proud to support our Vermont libraries through our Library Grant Program.

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. Applicants are encouraged to seek commitments of company-match grants whenever/wherever possible as well. Examples of the grants made in recent years include:

  • $449 to the Craftsbury Public Library to upgrade their easy reader collection, geared toward children up to grade 2. This was 100% of the requested grant. 
  • $1000 to the Winooski Public Library to create a young reader, easy reader and beginning chapter book collection. This was 100% of the requested grant.
  • $900 to the Alburgh Public Library to purchase two new desktop computers to complete the Library catalogue automation process. This was 100% of the requested grant.
  • $551 to the South Londonderry Free Library toward the purchase of a children’s computer preloaded with educational software that helps children learn to read, study and  use a computer properly. This was a partial funding of the requested grant.
  • Equipment valued at $1700 donated to Norwich Public Library’s Community room. This in-kind donation fulfilled more than 100% of the original requested grant.

Ashgate's charitable donations committee decides what amount to donate to which library (full or partial grants), in consultation with the company's staff members.  Ashgate does NOT make grants in support of:

  • capital campaigns
  • operating budgets
  • general collection development

Grants will be awarded in mid-November of 2014. All applicants will be notified as to whether or not the application has been selected for funding. Please include an active, current library contact email address with your grant request.

 

Contact Information:

Allyssa Stevens astevens@ashgate.com

OR

Ally Berthiaume aberthiaume@ashgate.com

When emailing, please only use one email address. It is not necessary to cc the second address.

Amount:

Not listed.

Deadline:

September 26, 2014

To Apply:

Please note: there is NO formal grant application form. Grant applications should take the form of a cover letter which:

1. Explains the nature of the project

2. Specifically addresses what population(s) will be served by the project

3. Addresses how they will be served

4. States the amount requested, with a budget if appropriate, or at least a justification for the amount

5. Provides a breakdown of the costs associated with the project.

6. States the time frame in which the project is scheduled to be completed

7. Describes any fund-raising that has been done for the project

8. Describes any community involvement/free labor that is being donated toward the project

9. Includes any photos that may be of assistance in the decision making process (if available).

10. Includes a current contact name/position as well as a current phone number and valid email address.

11. If your library has a web address please also include that in your correspondence.

 

Ashgate Publishing Co. is making great strides within our own offices to “go green” and is very environmentally conscious. Along this line, we prefer that all applications be emailed to librarygrants@ashgate.com  along with any/all photo attachments.

If you are absolutely unable to email your Grant proposal, hardcopies should be mailed to:

            Library Grants Committee
            Ashgate Publishing Company
            110 Cherry Street, Suite 3-1
            Burlington, VT 05401-3818

 

Vermont Arts Council Cultural Facilities Grant

The Cultural Facilities grant program is administered by the Vermont Arts Council in conjunction with the Vermont Historical Society and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. These grants are intended to help Vermont nonprofit organizations and municipalities enhance, create or expand the capacity of an existing building to provide cultural activities for the public.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

  • Improvements such as wiring, heating, ADA accessibility features (elevators, lifts, assistive listening systems, ramps and bathrooms), lighting and stage work.
  • Building improvements, permanent display panels and/or exhibit cases, permanent infrastructure or fixed equipment expenses. (Fixed equipment improvements must include where appropriate features to improve accessibility such as assistive listening devices with a sound system.  They may include a portable element, such as microphones for a sound system, if it is only to be used within the building.)
  • Wireless/broadband capacity will be eligible only for the purpose of enhancing programming capacity.

New construction may be considered if it is the only option for making access improvements to an historic building. Then, only the expenses directly related to the accessible component of the project can be considered as part of the grant request.

Funds will not be granted for:

  • Overhead, operating support, studies, surveys, engineering reports or architectural fees, programming, or expenses for a temporary exhibit.
  • Multi-year projects.
  • Routine maintenance such as exterior or interior painting, carpeting or anything else requiring regularly-scheduled upkeep.
  • Appliances (such as refrigerators and stoves) and moveable furniture or rugs.
  • Major structural repairs to foundations, roofs, windows, etc. are generally not funded.

For additional information and to submit an application visit the Vermont Arts Council website.

Contact Information: Michele Bailey
Program Director and 504/ADA Coordinator
802-828-3294
Amount: $1,000-$30,000
Deadline: May 1, 2014
To Apply: Applications must be submitted online.

 

 

Paul Post Fund

The goal of the Paul Post Fund is to support Vermont libraries and to encourage and enhance reading by young adults. The fund has a primary interest in literacy projects that will engage young people. Any school, municipal or public nonprofit library in the state of Vermont may apply to the Paul Post Fund. For more information visit http://www.vermontcf.org/Nonprofits/AvailableGrants/PaulPostFund.aspx

 

Contact Information:

The Vermont Community Foundation
Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup, cilstrup@vermontcf.org
(802) 388-3355 x. 295

Amount:

Ranges from $250-$1,000

Deadine:

No deadline, applications are accepted via email on a rolling basis throughout the year.

To Apply:

Send your proposal (no longer than two pages) via email to Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup at cilstrup@vermontcf.org. Include the following information in your proposal:

  • Name, address, and website for your library
  • Name, email address, and phone number of the contact person for your application
  • Amount requested (between $250 and $1,000)
  • Project narrative of no more than two pages addressing the following:
    • Goal - what you hope to achieve
    • Problem - why it is important to do this work
    • Activities - what you will do during the project
    • Evaluation - how you will know you have succeeded
  • Itemized budget for project including expected income and expenses

 

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Minigrant

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation will accept applications from public schools and libraries anywhere in the United States.  Some examples of creative programs funded in the past are:

  • Ongoing pen-pal projects briging disparate communities together
  • Multi-cultural portrait projects
  • Art projects culminating in art shows, murals, or quilts
  • Bookmaking
  • Creation and performance of puppet shows
  • Inter-generational journals

Funds will not be granted for:

  • General operating costs
  • Administrative costs
  • Transportation of the audience
  • Purchase of books, tapes, software or equipmnt unrelated to a specific program described

For more information and an application form visit: http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/programs/minigrant.html

Contact Information: Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program
450 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
foundation@ezra-jack-keats.org
Amount: $500
Deadline: March15 (same deadline every year)
To Apply: The online application and instructions can be found here.

 

 

A.D. Henderson Foundation

The A.D. Henderson Foundation was founded in 1959 by A.D. and Lucy E. Henderson, who made their home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dedicated to improving the lives of children through education, the Hendersons also sought to meet the constantly changing needs of our society. Through the Foundation, they strove to improve the economic, social and physical well-being of their communities. The trustees of the A.D. Henderson Foundation are dedicated to carrying on the goals of the Foundation within the framework provided by its founders.

The Mission of the A.D. Henderson Foundation is to provide an opportunity for all children to succeed, with a special interest in promoting literacy for children and families. They also seek to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the nonprofit sector to serve the interests of our communities.

For more information, visit the A.D. Henderson Foundation website.
 

Contact Information: Edward A. Gale, Program Director
(802) 888-1188
egale@hendersonfdn.org
Amount: Not Listed.
Deadline: None.
To Apply: Applicants must contact a Foundation Program Director (contact information listed above) prior to a formal submission to discuss their project idea.  If the idea is a potential match with the Foundation's funding priorities, the applicant will be asked to submit an Application which includes a maximum of three page Proposal, a project budget, an IRS tax exempt status letter no more than 5 years old, and other documentation.