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Library Business Grant Opportunity: Application Period Open Now

Thursday, December 5, 2019


The American Library Association (ALA) recently received $2 million from to provide grants to 10-14 public libraries that have a strong history of providing services for small business and/or entrepreneurs for low-income and/or underrepresented groups in their communities. Here is the press release about that award. The application period for these grants is now open and closes December 13. ALA anticipates awarding grants from $50,000 to $150,000.

Libraries will be selected following a two phase review process. First libraries will indicate their interest and eligibility via a short application form. After an initial screening, a pool of libraries will be invited to complete a full application. A selection committee consisting of representatives from the Public Library Association, ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy advisory committee and ALA’s Office for Diversity Literacy and Outreach Services will review those invited applications to select the cohort libraries.

For more information, interested libraries may email or visit the project website Libraries may also view a recording of an informational webinar and view the webinar slides.


Submitted by Shannon Schultz, Public Library Development




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