Grant Resources

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Grant Writing Resources
Local Grants

Local Municipalities: Ask your municipality for pool passes, skate park or city park access.

Local School District: Ask your local school district for passes to sporting events, plays, or other events open to the public.

Large hometown businesses

  • Ask a local business if they offer community grants.
    • Known grant providers for WVLS libraries: Walmart, Kmart, Ace Hardware, McDonalds, Hardees, movie theaters, ice cream shops, coffee shops.

Local Organizations

  • Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, Moose, Legion, Hospital Foundation, Literacy Council, Cooperatives, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, United Way, Chamber of Commerce…
Wisconsin Grants

Ann Marie Foundation: Quarterly grant periods

  • The Ann Marie Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Wisconsin communities it serves. The foundation provides monetary awards to schools and non-profit organizations to promote educational, humanitarian, cultural, and recreational activities. The foundation also provides scholarships to high school graduates.

Donors Forum of Wisconsin has information from the donor’s perspective.

The Foundation Center has information about donors.

Foundations in Wisconsin (Contact Rachel Metzler for log in information)

  • An online directory of active grant-making foundations in the state of Wisconsin maintained by Marquette University

Mead Witter Foundation

Wisconsin Common Grant Application form: Many Wisconsin foundations accept the Wisconsin Common Grant Application, a generalized application that was last updated in 2006. Information about individual grant programs is available from each funder, and at the Marquette University Funding Information Center at Marquette University Raynor Library (above).

National Grants

Demco Grants Database

  • Look for grant opportunities in four different categories: Early Childhood, Library, STEM, Technology

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

  • March 31, 2017
  • The EJK Mini-Grant offers funding of up to $500 and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant

  • This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
  • Information for Wisconsin Applicants

YALSA Awards, Grants, Stipends and Scholarships

  • Each year YALSA offers more than $195,000 in grants and awards to members who work with or on behalf of teens. Please click on the individual grant for application information. YALSA also sponsors one Spectrum Scholar and an Emerging Leader each year, using funds provided by the Friends of YALSA. YALSA members are also eligible for scholarships, awards and grants from the American Library Association.  New to grant writing?  Check out these great tips!
Library Building/Remodeling Grant Resources
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
    • The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is a flexible program that provides communities with resources to address a wide range of unique community development needs.
    • Eligible Activities: Over a 1, 2, or 3-year period, as selected by the grantee, not less than 70 percent of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low- and moderate-income persons. In addition, each activity must meet one of the following national objectives for the program: benefit low- and moderate-income persons, prevention or elimination of slums or blight, or address community development needs having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community for which other funding is not available.
  • Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
    • This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
    • Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and / or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.Examples of essential community facilities include:
      • Health care facilities such as hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes or assisted living facilities
      • Public facilities such as town halls, courthouses, airport hangars or street improvements
      • Community support services such as child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds or transitional housing
      • Public safety services such as fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or equipment
      • Educational services such as museums, libraries or private schools
      • Utility services such as telemedicine or distance learning equipment
      • Local food systems such as community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs or greenhouses

      For a complete list see Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR, Part 1942.17(d) for loans; 7 CFR, Part 3570.62 for grants.

Adult and Inclusive Services Grants

Bader Philanthropies, Inc. based in Milwaukee funds projects far and wide.

Funded Bridges Library System Library Memory Project

Helen Ramon, Senior Program Officer, would like to see more grant applications come in from public libraries with a focus is on older adults and those living with memory loss. Bader funds local Wisconsin and national projects concerning Alzheimer’s and Aging.

December 10, 2018 is the next deadline for preliminary grant applications. Learn more:

Medical College of Wisconson

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) regularly issues requests for proposals (RFPs) for funding awards. They seek partners who share their belief that by working together you can build a healthier Wisconsin today, and for generations to come. Through investments in research, health workforce development and education, and community initiatives, we are building capacity, developing new knowledge, and changing systems to positively impact health from cells to society statewide.

Youth Services Grants

Maureen Hayes Author/ Illustrator AwardThis $4,000 award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library.

Grant Writing Tips

  1. Ask peers where they received a grant.
  2. Ask peers for copies of their successful applications.
  3. Provide a goal with your grant request, do not just ask for money.
  4. Consider non-library funding opportunities: k-12, youth related organizations, adult care organizations… 
  5. Include all information pieces requested in the application in the format requested. 
  6. Keep it short and direct, grant committees may have many applications to get through and yours might be the last they read.
  7. Proofread, have someone else proofread your work too.
  8. Send thank you to the organizaiton whether or not you recieve a grant.

5 Grant Writing Tips, SLJ 2019

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