Collection Grants

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Grants for public libraries to help build their collections. Many of these came from this article, "Search for Free Books" by Rachel Walker, Reading Rockets.

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Baker & Taylor/YALSA Collection Development Grant
To award $1,000 for collection development to YALSA members who represent a public library and who work directly with young adults ages 12 to 18. Up to two grants will be awarded annually,

First Book
First Book is a national nonprofit that has provided more than 90 million new books to children in need. In neighborhoods across the country, First Book unites leaders from all sectors of the community to identify and support community-based literacy programs reaching children living at or below the poverty line. Register with the Book Bank and receive free or low cost books.

Kids Need to Read
Kids Need to Read provides books, periodicals, and literacy resources to schools, libraries, and other organizations that administer literacy programs to disadvantaged children and adolescents.

Library of Congress Surplus Books Program
The Library of Congress has surplus books available to educational institutions and non-profit tax-exempt organizations. As most of the books have been turned over to the Library of Congress by other Federal agencies, the collection usually contains only a small percentage of publications at the primary and secondary school levels,

Lisa Libraries
The Lisa Libraries provides new children's books to help fill bookshelves for small, grass-roots organizations that work with low-income children in underserved communities and provide books to children who may never have had books to call their own,

Literacy Empowerment Foundation
The Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF) is dedicated to assisting educational programs by providing inexpensive children's books. The Reading Resource Project is an ongoing LEF program that distributes free books in sets of 100 books to literacy programs,

Hachette Book Grants
Hachette donates more than 100,000 copies annually, from a single signed copy for a fundraiser to large quantities for a struggling school district or library system,

Bookpalooza by ALSC (Association of Library Services for Children a division of the American Libraries Association)
Bookapalooza Program will offer select libraries a collection of materials that will help transform their collection and provide the opportunity for these materials to be used in their community in creative and innovative ways, []

Dollar General Literacy Grants
(Five grants available)

Better World Books Literacy Grants
Better World Books Literacy Grants fund literacy and educational nonprofits and libraries for specific projects - the front lines of the fight to reduce global poverty through education,

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants
Public education is one of the greatest legacies of our country, one that benefits children from every walk of life. For Keats, it was at public school that he received his greatest encouragement to pursue his vocation as an artist. And the public library was a haven that introduced him to the wonders of art history,

Youth Grants

Oriental Trading
The Oriental Trading Corporate Giving program strived to enhance the enrichment of the lives of children through education, youth programming, healthcare and human services.

America's Promise Alliance
A list of funding opportunities that range from sports to STEM to education.

Follett Grants and Funding
Site includes a downloadble list of grants (PDF), and online list of corporation grant opportunities.

Believe in Reading
Supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations that teach, improve, or encourage reading by people of all ages from around the world.

American Literacy
A short list of corporation literacy initiatives. [1]

This page was updated May 2019