Current Grant Opportunities (FY2021)

These suggested grant topics align with the MBLC's LSTA long-range plan and are intended to provide a helpful framework while designing a grant project tailored specifically for your community.  Under the "Open" umbrella, we welcome the submission of grants which do not fit any of the available categories, or opportunities from previous years. 

Please note: The Preservation Assessment grant now has its own application process and timeline.

Access for All
Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235
Access for All
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Improve accessibility of library services
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Amount: $7500 - $15,000
Consultant: Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235

 

Anytime STEM Learning
Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235
Anytime STEM Learning
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Promote hands-on STEM learning to youth
Library Types: Public and School libraries
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $7,500
Consultant: Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235

 

Archives Arrangement and Description
Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236
Archives Arrangement and Description
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Organize and increase findability of archival collections
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $10,000
Consultant: Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236

 

At the Table
Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252
At the Table
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Promote culinary literacy
Library Types: Public libraries
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $10,000
Consultant: Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252

 

Citizenship Corners and Expanded English Language Services
Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235
Citizenship Corners and Expanded English Language Services
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Provide citizenship and ESOL services
Library Types: Public libraries
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Amount: $7500 - $15,000
Consultant: Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235

 

Civic Hub
Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235
Civic Hub
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Promote civic literacy
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $7,500
Consultant: Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235

 

Conserving and Digitizing Historical Resources
Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236
Conserving and Digitizing Historical Resources
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Conserve and digitize archival materials
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $30,000
Consultant: Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236

 

Dig In
Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252
Dig In
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Create a garden area for learning
Library Types: Public libraries
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $10,000
Consultant: Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252

 

Financial Literacy
Maura Deedy - 1-800-952-7403 x252
Financial Literacy
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Strengthen the library's role as a resource for financial literacy
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $7,500
Consultant: Maura Deedy - 1-800-952-7403 x252

 

First Contact
Maura Deedy - 1-800-952-7403 x250
First Contact
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Promote primary source use in the classroom
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Amount: $7,500
Consultant: Maura Deedy - 1-800-952-7403 x250

 

Go Local
Kate Butler - 1-800-952-7403 x253
Go Local
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Surface hidden local history or add to the historical record.
Library Types: Public libraries
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Amount: $7500 - $15,000
Consultant: Kate Butler - 1-800-952-7403 x253

 

Health and Wellness
Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252
Health and Wellness
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Increase health literacy
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $7,500
Consultant: Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252

 

IdeaLab
Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252
IdeaLab
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Establish a makerspace
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $15,000
Consultant: Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252

 

Managing Fine and Decorative Arts
Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236
Managing Fine and Decorative Arts
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Enhance preservation and access for fine or decorative art collections
Library Types: Public libraries
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $7,500
Consultant: Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236

 

Mind in the Making
Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235
Mind in the Making
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Establish or improve play spaces for young children
Library Types: Public libraries
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $10,000
Consultant: Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235

 

Open
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Develop a project that does not fit current offerings
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Amount: $30,000
Consultant: Call or email any consultant to discuss - 1-800-952-7403

 

Pathways to Success
Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252
Pathways to Success
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Provide job and career assistance
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $7,500
Consultant: Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252

 

Protecting Priority Collections
Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236
Protecting Priority Collections
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To support preservation needs of priority collections
Library Types: Any
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $3,000-$6,000
Consultant: Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236

 

Serving 'Tweens and Teens
Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252
Serving 'Tweens and Teens
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Establish or improve services to young adults
Library Types: Public libraries
Duration: 2 years
Amount: $20,000
Consultant: Lyndsay Forbes - 1-800-952-7403 x252

 

Strength in Families
Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235
Strength in Families
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Develop a systematic approach to family engagement
Library Types: Public libraries
Duration: 1 or 2 years
Amount: $10,000
Consultant: Shelley Quezada - 1-800-952-7403 x235

 

Town-wide Preservation Assessment
Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236
Town-wide Preservation Assessment
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Assess local history materials throughout a community
Library Types: Public libraries
Duration: 1 year
Amount: $30,000
Consultant: Evan Knight - 1-800-952-7403 x236