The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and in cooperation with Arts Midwest, announces the 2010 deadline for The Big Read, a program to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Organizations may apply for grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000, with the grant size determined by community population, number of activities planned, and artistic excellence and merit. Selected communities will participate in The Big Read from September 2010–June 2011.
Want to build your romance fiction collection or host romance fiction programming? Then the Romance Writers of America Library Grant is for you. The grant consists of a $4,500 cash award from the Romance Writers of America to be used toward the purchase of romance fiction, author honorariums and travel expenses, and other applicable program expenses. The grant application deadline is December 1, 2009.
We at the ALA Public Programs Office hear stories from many libraries of how the economic downturn is negatively impacting their capacity for cultural programming. In this time of diminishing budgets, it is particularly important that libraries stay informed of potential funding opportunities for programming.