In FY 2011, the ALA Public Programs Office received $2.2 million in funding to bring cultural programming grant opportunities and resources to libraries. Since 1992, the office has received more than $27 million in grants to support library programs.
Grants and income from the following organizations made it possible for the ALA Public Programs Office to support libraries in creating cultural, community programs:
David Berg Foundation
School, public, special and academic libraries across the country benefited from the 2011 initiatives of the ALA Public Programs Office. More than 600 libraries and community centers received grant awards and collection materials totaling $651,000. Recipients included 320 public, 155 academic, 25 special, and 57 school libraries, along with more than 50 additional centers for community engagement. enabling outreach to nearly 1.8 million visitors and program participants.
Public programming enables libraries to raise their profile within the community and actively demonstrate their value to patrons and community stakeholders. Support from the ALA Public Programs Office serves as a catalyst, attracting additional funding, with an average 3-to-1 local match, helping libraries fulfill their community programming roles on an ongoing basis. In all types and sizes of communities, libraries benefit from the significant visibility that high-quality arts and humanities programs create.