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Erie 2 School Library System: Grants

The Erie 2 School Library System site.

SLS Minigrant Information

To help support library programs, the School Library System offers mini-grants to certified school librarians in the Erie2 region. The goal of these grants is to assist school librarians in their efforts to grow and develop district library programs in three key areas: Professional Development, Innovation, & Literacy Initiatives. 
  1. Literacy Initiative - these funds are for resources or supplies that build, develop or inform students in, but not limited to, the following literacy areas: Information, Media, Visual, Digital, Financial, Civic, Computational. Recipients can request up to $500.
  2. Innovation - money to be used to help kickstart a NEW program or aspect of your library program. Innovative Projects may have multiple parts, but must connect to a single instructional purpose. Recipients can request up to $500.
  3. Professional Development - to help support attending conferences and workshops that will directly impact your library program and help support your professional development and growth. Conference reimbursement is limited to: registration, flight and hotel. Sales tax and/or organizational memberships are not eligible for reimbursement. In order to maximize the professional development opportunities across the region, a librarian can apply for this category every other year. Recipients can request up to $1000.
The Application Form can be found here:
The SLS Council will review and score applications approximately once a month award mini-grants based on the mini-grant rubric and available funds. Grants requests close APRIL 15th.

SLS Minigrant Rubric

National Grant Resources

Adult and Family Literacy Grants, Summer Reading Grants and others. Offered annually to schools and community organizations.

At school or at home…wherever learning happens, you can make a difference. With teachers and students facing the toughest learning challenges in a generation, you can help provide the supplies to keep kids learning. Project sponsorship for initiatives.

  • Entergy Micro Grant

    Grant requests of up to $1,000 in program areas such as arts and culture, community improvement/enrichment, economic development, education/literacy, environment, and healthy families.

  • Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants

    Grant awarded to public schools, libraries, or preschool programs aimed at funding and encouraging creative innovative activity throughout class or within the community that provides an enriching experience generally outside the realm of standard curriculum.

  • Follett's National School Library Program of the Year Award

    NSLPY award recipients will receive up to $10,000 in addition to an obelisk as a symbol of school library excellence for implementing library programming that is curriculum integrated and meets the dynamic needs of a changing educational landscape.

  • McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation sponsors proposals that enhance student learning and educational quality, paying particular attention to those that best serve the at-risk and under-funded.

The National Home Library Foundation makes grants to fund books for libraries, schools and literacy programs serving children, teens or adults in need of reading and learning resources. Priority is given to programs in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas. 

Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. Through our Learning & Leadership grants, we support the professional development of NEA members by providing grants to individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research

The primary focus of the Nora Roberts Foundation is to support Literacy. Additional areas of focus are: Children's programsArts organizations, and Humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority. All organizations supported must be a registered 501(c)(3).

Supporting adult and family literacy in the United States by fostering new and promoting existing adult literacy and educational programs. Grants range from $200 - $10,000.