In FY 2012, the ALA Public Programs Office was awarded more than $2.1 million in funding to bring cultural programming grant opportunities and resources to libraries. Since 1992, the office has received more than $29 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, academic, and special libraries nationwide benefited from PPO initiatives, with more than seventy libraries receiving new grant awards in 2012. In addition, PPO reached more than 1.5 million library visitors and program participants through its traveling exhibitions and discussion programs.
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.