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Grants to USA Libraries to Support Recovery
in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries

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American Library Association (ALA)

Conf. Date:

10/27/21

Deadline Date:

12/02/21 11:59 PM CT

Description:

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Grants of $10,000 and in-kind support to USA and territories libraries for support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to help strengthen libraries and support recovery in the wake of the pandemic. Eligible libraries include academic, public, tribal, K-12, special, and prison libraries.

American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is a grantmaking program to deliver relief to libraries recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the American Library Association (ALA) will distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to help anchor libraries as strong humanities institutions as they emerge and rebuild from the pandemic. 

The purpose of this emergency relief program is to assist libraries that have been adversely affected by the pandemic and require support to restore and sustain their core activities.

ALA will distribute ARP grants to libraries, with an emphasis on reaching libraries in historically underserved and/or rural communities. 

The general goals of this ARP funding opportunity include: 

  • To assist with creating or preserving jobs
  • To support or maintain general operations
  • To create or sustain humanities programs
  • To implement new humanities activities or sustain existing activities

Below are several examples of eligible expenses; note that this list is not exhaustive:

  • Salary and benefit support for library workers engaged in humanities activities
  • Costs related to humanities programming (in-person or virtual), such as book clubs, guest lectures, exhibition development, oral history collection, digitization projects, or heritage festivals
  • Purchases of books, e-books, or technology for use in humanities programming
  • Marketing and advertising to support library humanities efforts

NEH defines “humanities” as follows: The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199114

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

ALA will distribute up to 200 ARP grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Selected libraries will receive:
- $10,000 to support humanities functions of the library
- One print copy of “Going Virtual: Programs and Insights from a Time of Crisis” by Sarah Ostman for the ALA Public Programs Office (ALA Editions, 2021)
- Access to a community of practice for grant recipients, via the ALA Connect platform, throughout the grant term
- Online resources to announce the grant locally (e.g., template press release, social media messaging, web graphics)

Term of Contract:

Grant implementation period: March 1 - August 31, 2022 (6 months)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for this grant, the applying institution must be a library of any type (e.g., public, tribal, K-12, academic, special, prison) located in the United States or a U.S. territory.

Note: Libraries that received funding through NEH’s American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organization program are not eligible to receive funding through this offering.

Ineligible expenses include:
- Overlapping project costs with any other pending or approved application(s) for federal funding and/or approved federal awards
- Competitive regranting
- Cancellation costs
- Pre-award costs incurred more than 90 days before the subrecipient’s period of performance
- Equipment costs in excess of 20% of total project costs
- Travel (both foreign and domestic)
- Construction, purchase of real property, major alteration and renovation
- Collections acquisition (note that purchases for use in humanities programs are allowable)
- The preservation, organization, or description of materials that are not regularly accessible for research, education, or public programming
- Promotion of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Advocacy of a particular program of social or political action
- Support of specific public policies or legislation
- Lobbying
- Projects that fall outside of the humanities and the humanistic social sciences

Pre-proposal Conference:

Register for a free Oct. 27 webinar at http://programminglibrarian.org/learn/how-apply-american-rescue-plan-humanities-grants-libraries to learn about the application process; the webinar will be recorded and available at the URL for Full Text below following the live broadcast.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open online: October 5, 2021
Deadline for submission: December 2, 2021 (by 11:59 p.m. CT)
Award notification date: February 1, 2022

Note: ALA recognizes that libraries that most need financial support are often those with the least capacity to apply for grants due to inadequate resources and staffing. If you feel you need support in developing your application, please request a 20-minute phone consultation with a member of the ALA Public Programs Office staff.

Project Guidelines: https://www.ala.org/tools/programming/ARPhumanities/guidelines

FAQ: https://www.ala.org/tools/programming/ARPhumanities/FAQ

How to Apply: http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/apply/how-to-apply

Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMTaQQyTweY&ab_channel=ProgrammingLibrarian

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: http://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=AMALA

Schedule a 20-minute consultation call with ALA PPO staff: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmtKMHQy7rRng1SbYXN9GAdQ8EVRrASya4AqjhXj-cpUxBCw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have questions, contact:
American Library Association
Public Programs Office
1-800-545-2433, ext. 5045
publicprograms@ala.org

CFDA Number:

45.164

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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