In our information age, the library is one of the most important buildings in our community. The information, resources, and great works of literature held between its walls are the keys that open the doors to imagination, possibilities and answers to life’s complicated questions. But like all public service agencies across the country, libraries are hurting. Budget cuts are whittling down hours of service; training funds are being slashed; technology is becoming outdated. But all of this doesn’t stop the people from using the library.

Did you know:

  • Americans go to libraries more that twice as often as they go to movies
  • Reference librarians answer more than seven million questions weekly
  • Research shows the highest achieving students attend schools with good library media centers
  • Students visit school libraries almost 1.5 billion times during the school year
  • There are more public libraries than McDonald’s
  • 95% of public libraries provide public access to the Internet
  • A 2002 poll conducted for the ALA found that 91% of the respondents expect the libraries to be needed in the future, despite the increased availability of information via the internet
  • Research shows that library summer reading programs enhance student achievement


  • Federal spending on libraries is only 54 cents per person annually
  • College libraries receive less than three cents of every dollar spent on higher education
  • Americans spend seven times as much money on home video gams as they do on school library materials
    (Statistics from the America Library Association)

Libraries provide necessary services such as family reading programs, access to electronic resources, training in new technology, summer reading, services to seniors and the disabled, and more. The library of today is not just a provider of books; instead, the library coordinates a complete and comprehensive approach to community development and services. According to Diantha Schull, president of the Americans for Libraries Council, “Today [libraries] have become more, not less, central to life in our information-based society. Libraries are uniquely positioned to address national concerns about literacy, educational achievement and lifelong learning. Yet without adequate funding and support at the local, state and federal levels, and without advocacy from all sectors of society, libraries and the services they provide cannot meet these national challenges.”

How are libraries addressing funding concerns? They are lobbying the legislators; they are starting affiliate programs with online book merchants to receive part of the sales; they are renting out meeting room space; Friends of Library programs are becoming more active. And all are taking advantage of private and government grants to help their libraries stay up-to-date with training and technology, as well as providing innovative programs and services to fulfill the needs of their own communities. How can your library join in? To get you started we have compiled a listing of 100 grant opportunities for libraries. These are just the tip of the iceberg. Once you start digging, you will be surprised at what you uncover.

1) Win A Blue Ribbon
If your library is making great strides to provide extraordinary service to benefit your community, then nominate them for the National Awards for Museum and Library Service. The Institute of Museum and Library Service recognizes a library’s commitment to public service through innovative programs and community partnerships. Achievements that might be highlighted include programming that demonstrates how the institution has attracted new audiences; innovative programming that addresses current education, social, economic or environmental issues; and positive effects of the institution’s collaboration with other organizations. To nominate contact Institute of Museum and Library Services, Office of Library Services, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 802, Washington, DC 20506; 202-606-5394; {}.

2) Money for Native American and Native Hawaiian Libraries
Over 250 libraries shared $3.5 million dollars to support their core library operations, professional assessment, and the education of their staff. These funds can be used to establish or enhance links among libraries, link libraries electronically with education, social or information services, pay costs for libraries to acquire or share computer systems, and to better serve those who have difficulty using the libraries. In addition there is the Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant which provides up to $150,000 for a one to two year project that enhances existing library services. For more information on how to apply for these grants contact Institute of Museum and Library Services, Office of Library Services, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 802, Washington, DC 20506; 202-606-5408; {}.

3) $1 Million To Create Solutions
The library community faces a multitude of issues and needs related to library services. To deal with this the Institute of Museum and Library Services provides National Leadership Grants for Libraries. Grants from $25,000 to $1 million (with some cost sharing) are awarded to proposals that will have national impact and provide models that can be widely adapted or replicated. Categories of funding include: Advancing Learning Communities: supports the development of learning networks and services for people of all ages.

Building Digital Resources: supports the creation, use, and preservation of significant digital resources as well as the development of management tools.
Research and Demonstration: supports basic and applied research and demonstration projects to test potential solutions to problems in a real-world environment.
For more information on how to apply for these grants contact Institute of Museum and Library Services, Office of Library Services, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 802, Washington, DC 20506; 202-606-5513; {}.

4) Up to $500,000 For Your Project
Need a grant to do something special for your library constituents? The Library Services and Technology Act provides funds to state libraries who may use the money to support statewide initiatives and services, as well as distribute funds through grant competitions. The grant money has supported summer reading programs, computer training opportunities for the disabled, the development of wireless labs, projects of historical significance and increase rotation of Spanish language materials. Each state sets goals and projects can be both big and small. For instance, California receives $6 million dollars and awards grants ranging from $5,000 to $500,000. The Library Services and Technology Act provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies using a population-cased formula. Contact your State Library Administrative Agency to see how your library can apply for funds. The program contact is Institute of Museum and Library Services, Office of Library Services, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 802, Washington, DC 20506; 202-606-5252; {}.

5) Up to $1 Million To Train Librarians
Librarians for the 21st Century is program that supports efforts to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians and the faculty who will prepare them for careers in library science. It also supports grants for research related to library education and library staffing needs, curriculum development, and continuing education and training. These funds can be used for scholarships and fellowships for Master’s and Doctoral programs, recruitment programs to attract promising high school and college students, as well as training and continuing education programs for those in the field. For more information contact Institute of Museum and Library Services, Office of Library Services, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 802, Washington, DC 20506; 202-606-5528; {}.

6) $270,000 To Help Preserve Your Collection
Books don’t last forever, and need special care to maintain them in usable condition. The National Endowment for the Humanities has a Division of Preservation and Access that awards grants to preserve brittle books and to improve access to resources that are important for research and education in the humanities. Funds can be used for conservation of books, serials, photographs, sound recordings, and more, as well as projects to produce bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other research tools. Training in the preservation and care of these collections can also be a use for the funds. For more information contact Division of Preservation and Access, National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 411, Washington, DC 20506; 202-606-8570; {}.

7) School Libraries Can Share $20 Million
That is how much money is available through the Literacy through School Libraries program operated by the U.S. Department of Education. This program is designed to provide students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials, and provide them with a well-equipped technologically advanced school library media center with a trained staff. All this is to improve literacy skills and achievement of students. Money has been used in the past to support a district-wide library revitalization project in elementary schools, development of a full-service library in a rural area, and the implementation of a technology-based reading program. For more information contact U.S. Department of Education, OESE Academic Improvement and Teacher Quality Programs, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Room 2W104; Washington, DC 20202; 202-401-3751; {}.

8) Get A Shelf Of Books FREE
We The People is a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities that explores events and themes in our nation’s history. We The People Bookshelf is a set of books given to libraries who sponsor programs, books clubs, plays, etc. that encourage young readers to learn more about our country. To apply for the Bookshelf contact National Endowment for the Arts, Office of Public Affairs, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20506; 202-606-8299; {}.

9) FREE Art Resources For Your Library
The National Gallery of Art offers a free loan program of videos, slides, DVDs, CD-ROMs and more for libraries to use in art education and humanities programs. If your library would like to promote certain programs, contact Department of Education Resources, National Gallery of Art, 2000B South Club Drive, Landover, MD 20785; {}.

10) Get And Stay Connected
Obviously Bill Gates likes computers. His foundation has supported libraries in their attempts to get connected to the internet and to stay technologically advanced. Two programs the foundation offers include:
US Library Program: The foundation has partnered with public libraries to bring access to computers, the Internet, and digital information to low-income and disadvantaged communities.
Staying Connected Challenge Grants: These challenge grants are given to state library agencies so they can assist local libraries with their technology needs, particularly in training staff and keeping their computer systems running. This is a matching grant program. Staying Connected grants support four activities: hardware upgrades and replacements, internet connectivity upgrades, training support and technical support. A “Toolkit” is available and is designed to help libraries engage local communities in their technology programs and to provide examples of unique and successful programs throughout the country. For more information contact Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, P.O. Box 23350, Seattle, WA 98102; 206-709-3140; {}.

11) Surplus Books For You
The Library of Congress has surplus books available to non-profit organizations. The books are a mixture of topics with only a small percentage of publications at the primary and secondary school levels. Your library either needs to send or designate someone to choose books from the collection. Shipping the material to your library is your only expense. For more information contact Anglo-American Acquisitions Division, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., SE, Washington, DC 20540; 202-707-9524; {}.

12) Training, $$ For Special Programs And More
The Libraries for the Future is the programming division for the Americans for Libraries Council. The Council is a national organization that advocates for libraries and helps libraries develop programming to keep them a vital and necessary force in today’s world. Some programs offered include:
The MetLife Foundation Reading America Program: The program provides selected libraries with training, program resources and support for implementing intergenerational programs that serve local needs.
EqualAccess Libraries: This program offers staff training and support in building community connections and in providing programs that make their learning resources and technologies relevant to community needs and interests, especially low-income, urban and rural communities. Each library participating in Access Libraries network selects one or two of the following programs for implementation: Youth Access, Health Access, Community Access, Education Access, or Lifelong Access.
Get Real, Get Fit!: Grants ranging from $1,500-$2,500 are available for libraries throughout the country. The program promotes health and fitness in teens and their families. The program is designed to use the, health-related episodes from “In the Mix”, the award-winning TV series for teens on PBS. Libraries are encouraged to design programs to fit the need of their patrons.
Family Place: The Family Place project consists of a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth, and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families. Training is provided to help librarians meet Family Place goals. The Family Place model consists of the following programs:
Parent/Child Workshop, a five-week program for kids ages 1-3 and their caregivers.
Outreach to families and caregivers.
Multimedia early-childhood collection that includes books, videos, toys and computers.
Multimedia parenting collection for caregivers and early childhood professions.
Family Place coalition of local leaders related professionals who steer families to the library, advise the library on programming and advocate for the library in other arenas.
For more information contact Americans for Libraries Council, 27 Union Square West, Suite 204, New York, NY 10003; 646-336-6236; 800-542-1918; Fax: 646-336-6318; {}.

13) Your Internet Helpline
WebJunction is an online community begun by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for library staff where they can learn about various issues, exchange ideas, take classes, and more. Special topic areas include:
*Policies & Practices
*Technology Resources
*Buying and Funding
*Services to Libraries
*Learning Center
*Community Center
Before you spend money on an expensive purchase, read review articles. Need help using a new technology? Take on online class. Looking for a grant? Look no further. WebJunction is an easy way for you to connect to those “in the know,” as well as share your own expertise. Check it all out at {}.

14) Money From Your State
Every state has a library division or bureau that assists libraries in meeting their needs. For instance the Bureau of Library Development in the Department of State in Florida offers five programs. Library construction grants help to remodel or expand libraries. Library cooperative grants help libraries work together to provide services. Library Services and Technology grants we mentioned earlier. State aid to libraries helps libraries continue free service to residents. And finally Community Libraries in Caring helps small rural libraries improve their collections and improve literacy in their communities. You can see what Florida offers at {}. The New York State Division of Library Development offers special grants to fund child and family literacy programs which include storytimes, parenting workshops, education and career fairs, bilingual literacy workshops, a kid-created online magazine, and even an emerging literacy yoga program. Their Adult Literacy grants provide literacy classes and basic educational test preparation, including GED assistance, tutor training, and job readiness skills. New York’s grants can be found at {}. Obviously these grants are only for libraries in their respective states. Contact your State Division of Library Development to see what services they may have to offer {}

15) Money For Northwest Libraries
The Foundation provides grants primarily in the Pacific Northwest Region. They have four priorities including: nurturing the arts and cultural endeavors, engaging children more deeply in the learning process, responding to the needs of vulnerable population and advancing scientific and technological discoveries that expand our understanding of the universe. For more information contact The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, 505 5th Avenue South, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98104; 206-342-2030; Fax: 206-342-3030; {}.

16) Online Help
PNNOnline is an online resource that delivers news, information and resources to all segments of nonprofit organizations. They offer a newsletter and a listing of resources for nonprofits. For more information contact PNNOnline, 3313 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221; 804-342-7665; {}.

17) Help In Locating Help
The Foundation Center’s mission is to strengthen the nonprofit sector by advancing knowledge about US philanthropy. The Foundation Center’s FND provides a state listing of community foundations, like private foundations, however funds are derived from many donors rather than a single source. Contact The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Avenue, 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-3076; 800-424-9836; 212-620-4230; {}.

18) Help From The Cell Phone People
The Verizon Foundation offers thousands of grants each year to nonprofit agencies. The Verizon Foundation is a web based grant organization; you can search for Verizon’s support in your community by entering your zip code on their web site.
Verizon Reads: Verizon is committee to helping America raise literacy levels. They offer a variety of literacy programs and grants.
Verizon Works: Verizon encourages nonprofits to use technology as a tool to connect their communities and work force through education and training.
Verizon volunteers: This program encourages Verizon employees to give back to their communities through time and money and provides matching gifts and foundation grants to nonprofit organizations employees support. Libraries can request volunteers through this program. Contact Verizon Foundation; 800-360-7955; Fax: 212-840-6988; {}.

19) Non-profit Guides
Non-profit Guides offers free web-based grant-writing resources for non-profit organizations. The guides are designed to assist established non-profits through the grant-writing process.

20) Help Fund Literacy Programs
ProLiteracy Worldwide provides the National Book Scholarship Fund that supplies books and materials to local literacy programs. Priority is given to programs that focus on family literacy. Contact National Book Scholarship Fund, ProLiteracy Worldwide, 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210; 888-528-2224; 315-422-9121; Fax: 315-422-6369; {}.

21) $350 Literacy and Creativity Money
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers mini-grants of $350 to libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity. Programs are not required to be related to the works of Ezra Jack Keats. Contact Ezra Jack Keats Mini-grants, 450-14 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215-5702; {}.

22) Help From Your Library Association
American Library Association
50 E Huron
Chicago, IL 60611
The American Library Association administers a variety of grants and awards to libraries with support from a variety of foundations. Below is a listing of programs that libraries can access. Check the web site for these and new programs.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant : The Carnegie-Whitney Award provides grants for the publication of reading lists, indexes and other guides that benefit library patrons. Individuals, committees and other groups associated with the American Library Association are eligible for grants of up to $5,000 annually.

H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant : A $3,500 award and a 24k gold-framed citation is awarded annually to a library organization that demonstrates extraordinary programs of staff development to further the goals and objectives of the library organization.

Women’s National Book Association-Ann Heidbreder EastmanGrant: Experienced librarians can receive up to $750 to take a class or participate in an institute relating to publishing as a profession.

World Book Award : The World Book Goal Grant supports projects that advance the missions and goals of the American Library Association. The Grant provides annual funds of up to $10,000.

American Association of School Libraries (AASL) Highsmith Research Grant : AASL members may apply for a grant of up to $5,000 to conduct research evaluating the impact of school library media programs on learning.

ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant : School library media associations may be eligible for grants of up to $1,750 for planning and implementing leadership programs.

ALTA/GALE Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant : Annually, two $750 grants are awarded to public library trustees to attend the ALA Annual Conference.

Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants : Two grants of $1,000 each are available for YALSA members who work directly with young adults to attend the Annual Conference.

Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award : This program is designed to promote the circulation of audio music/video products. Successful candidates will receive $2,500 worth of audio music or video products from Baker & Taylor.

Bechtel Fellowship : The Fellowship provides the qualified recipient with a $4,000 stipend to study at the Baldwin Library of the Georgia A. Smathers Libraries for a month or more.

Book Wholesalers Inc./YALSA Collection Development Grant : Two $1,000 annual collection development grants are available to YALSA members who work in a public library with young adults 12 to 18 years old.

ALSC/BWI Reading Program Grant : This grant provides $3,000 for public libraries to plan a theme-based summer reading program to encourage children to read, especially to involve children with disabilities.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship : This is a $1,500 cash award to a current doctoral student to assist with their dissertation research.

ALSC/Sagebrush Education Resources Literature Program Grant : The grant honors an Association for Library Service to Children member who has developed an outstanding program to bring children and books together. The $1,000 grant supports the winners’ attendance at the ALA Annual Conference.

Frances Henne/YALSA/VOYA Research Grant : YALSA members can apply for this $500 grant to provide seed money for small research projects.

Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant : Librarians employed at a university, community college or research library are eligible for this grant to support research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship or the book trade. The grant covers air travel to and from Europe , transportation in Europe and lodging and board for up to two weeks.

Penguin Young Readers Group Award : ALSC member children librarians are eligible for these $600 annual grants. The grant enables four librarians to attend the ALA Annual Conference.

Demco New Leaders Travel Grant : This grant provides up to $1,500 to public librarians that are new to the field to attend PLA Continuing Education.

Samuel Lazerow Fellowship : The Fellowship provides $1,000 cash for travel and writing for advances in collections or technical services.

Great Book Giveaway Competition : Libraries that serve young adults and would benefit from an addition of 1,200 books may apply for this giveaway.

Scholastic Library/Grolier National Library Week Grant : This $5,000 grant is awarded to a public library with the best campaign during National Library Week.

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant : ALA members may apply for this $3,000 grant to conduct innovative research.

Diversity Research Grant : The Diversity Grant provides $2,000 for original research on diversity and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at the ALA Annual Conference.

Loleta D. Fyan Grant : A grant of $10,000 is available to improve libraries and their services.

Marshall Cavendish Scholarship : $3,000 for librarian’s to study a master’s program at an accredited ALA institute.

David H. Clift Scholarship : $3,000 for librarian’s to study a master’s program at an accredited ALA institute.

Christopher Hoy/ERT Scholarship : $5,000 for librarian’s to study a master’s program at an accredited ALA institute.

Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship : $3,000 for library support staff to attend an ALA accredited master’s program.

Miriam L. Hornback Scholarship : $3,000 for library support staff to attend an ALA accredited master’s program.

Tony B. Leisner Scholarship : $3,000 for library support staff to attend an ALA accredited master’s program.

Mary V. Gaver : $3,000 for librarians in youth services to attend an ALA accredited master’s program.

Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship : Two $6,000 annual scholarships to provide assistance for professional education to attend an MSL program that plan to work in children’s librarianship.

Bound to Stay Bound : Four $6,500 annual scholarships to provide assistance for professional education to attend an MSL program that plan to work in children’s librarianship.

Diana V. Braddom FRFDS Scholarship : This program offers two $1,000 stipends annually to library staff to attend the Fundraising and Financial Development programs at the ALA Conference.

Century Scholarship : The scholarship offers an annual $2,500 fund to help library school students with disabilities admitted to ALA accredited library school.

AASL School Librarian’s Workshop Scholarship : A $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a full-time student preparing to be a school library media specialist at the pre-school through high school level.

Spectrum Scholarship : Several $5,000 scholarships are available to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian students for graduate programs in library science.

The Frederick G. Kilgour Award : A $2,000 cash award and an expenses paid trip to the ALA conference for research and development of info rmation technologies.

Brett Butler Entrepreneurship : A $5,000 annual award to a librarian or library that provides innovative products or services designed to meet the needs of libraries throughout the country with the application of info rmation technology.

Endeavor Student Writing Award : A $1,000 award to the best unpublished manuscript based on libraries and info rmation technology written by a student enrolled in an ALA accredited graduate program.

Gaylord Award for Achievement in Library and Information Technology : A $1,000 stipend to recognize distinguished leadership in technology and exemplary contributions in the field of literature.

Hi-Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science : A $1,000 award to recognize achievement in communication in continuing education within the field of library and info rmation technology.

Chris Larew Memorial Scholarship : A $3,000 scholarship to encourage qualified persons to enter the library and info rmation technology field.

Sirsi Scholarship : A $2,500 award to encourage qualified persons to enter into the library automation field.

OCLC Minority Scholarship : A $3,000 award to encourage minority qualified persons to enter into the library automation field.

LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship : A $2,500 award to encourage minority qualified persons to enter into the library automation field.

Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund : A $1,000 award to an ALA personal member to attend their first international conference.

Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award : A $1,000 and certificate to a librarian or person who has made a significant contribution to international librarianship.

FREE PASS Program : The Guadalajara International Book Fair provides support for 150 ALA members that work in the area of Spanish language acquisition and/or working to build their Spanish language collection. Recipients receive free 3 nights at a local hotel (6 nights if you share a room with a colleague), 3 continental breakfasts, registration, and money towards airfare costs. Check the web site for other “Free Pass” programs with a variety of destinations.

Rovelsted Scholarship in International Librarianship : This scholarship is available to students enrolled in an accredited school of library and info rmation sciences. The scholarship covers conference registration, passport fee, international economy-class air travel, ground transportation, meals and lodging to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes Conference.

23) Money For New York
The Community Foundation for the Capital Region is a collection of different charitable funds used to improve the quality of life for those in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, and Saratoga counties of New York State. They fund creative projects that address the needs of their communities. To learn more contact The Community Foundation for the Capital Region, Executive Park Dr., Albany, NY 12203; 518-446-9638; Fax: 518-446-9708; {}.

24) Up To $500,000 For Services In New York
That is how much the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation gave to organizations in Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, and nearby communities last year. This Foundation supports charitable causes to improve education, community development, art and culture, and more. To learn how to apply for a grant contact The Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, P.O. Box 76, Hudson, NY 12534; 518-828-4600; {}.

25) $65,000 To Support Family Literacy
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy offers grants programs to those organizations interested in promoting family literacy. The National Grant Program offers up to $65,000 to support family literacy efforts nationwide. There are also state initiatives to support family literacy efforts in Maryland, Florida, Texas, and Maine with varying amounts of funds available. To learn more contact The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, 1201 15th St., NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005; 202-955-6183; {}.

26) Money For The Phone People
AT&T Foundation offers grants to help organizations meet the needs and services of the community members. Specific program areas include education, arts and culture, and civic and community service. In addition, they offer 1/3 of their grant money through their local communities fund. AT&T likes to support programs that can be models to others to help improve the lives of those in need. For more information contact AT&T Foundation at {}.

27) $5,000 From the Electric Company
Westinghouse has established a Charitable Giving Program with the focus on education and civic and societal needs. Money is awarded to organizations that are located in the areas where Westinghouse has a presence. For more information you can contact the Westinghouse Charitable Giving Advisory Board, P.O. Box 355, ECE 575C, Pittsburgh, PA 15230; 412-374-6824; {}.

28) $$$ To Support The Humanities
Each state has a state Council for the Humanities which offers supports and funds for programs that support various topics and issues in the humanities. Two examples from New York include the Crandall Public Library which was given $1,500 for a 6-part lecture on the changing technology of photography, and the Greenwich Free Library which received $2,500 for a weekend festival focusing on the underground railroad. Money is also often available for preservation of articles of historic importance. To locate your state Humanities Council to see what programs they support, contact the Federation of State Humanities Councils 1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 902 Arlington, VA 22209; 703-908-9700; Fax: 703-908-9706; {}.

29) $1,000 For Poets and Writers Readings
Poets and Writers will give $1,000 to help pay the fee of a writer giving a reading or workshop. Funds are limited to organizations based in New York state, California, Detroit or Chicago, although writers from anywhere are eligible to participate. For more information contact Poets & Writers, Inc., 72 Spring St., Suite 301, New York, NY 10012; 212-226-3586; {}.

30) Protect Your School Library Books
The 3M Corporation has joined with the American Association of School Librarians and offers $1.5 million worth of 3M Detection Systems and Tattle-Tape Security Strips. To learn how to apply to receive the benefits of this program contact American Association of School Librarians, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; 312-280-4382; 800-545-2433; {}.

31) $660,000 In Grants For School Library Books
The Laura Bush Foundation awarded that amount of money to fund the purchase of books for school libraries. The funds are to be used to update, extend, and diversify the book collection in a school library. To learn more contact the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, c/o Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, 1201 15th St., NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005; 202-955-5890; {}.

32) Free Books For Kids
Not everyone has books at home to read. The First Book program is a national organization focusing on getting books into the hands of children from low-income families. In the past three years, over 20 million new books have been distributed. Books are given to the program through donations from children’s book publishers, services donors, and volunteers. To receive books for your program you may contact either a First Book Advisory Board that may be in existence in your community or you can contact the National Book Bank. Contact First Book, 1319 F St., NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004; 202-393-1222; {}.

33) Books For Rural Libraries
The Libri Foundation helps rural libraries purchase new hard cover children’s books which they may typically cannot afford. In rural areas, the library is often the child’s primary source for reading material. Friends of the Library or other local organizations can contribute up to $350 of which the Libri Foundation will match 2:1, for a total of $1,050 worth of new books. The local library can choose the book from the Foundation’s extensive title list. For more information contact the Libri Foundation, P.O. Box 10246, Eugene, OR 97440; 541-747-9655; {}.

34) More Free Books
Children’s author Ann M. Martin and friends began Lisa Libraries as a memorial to a friend. Lisa Libraries donates new books to organizations serving children in low-income areas, and helps to start or expand children libraries in places such as day care centers, prison visiting areas, and after school programs. For more information contact The Lisa Libraries, P.O. Box 430, Boiceville, NY 12412; {}.

35) Digitize Michigan’s History
The Making of Modern Michigan offers grants to libraries throughout the state of Michigan to digitize their collection of the state’s history. Staff can be trained on the proper techniques and issues regarding this process. Grant funds come from the Library Services and Technology Act. For more information contact Library of Michigan, Department of History, Arts and Libraries, LSTA Team, 702 W. Kalamazoo St., P.O. Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909; {}.

36) $8,000 in Free Books
The National Book Scholarship Fund provides books and materials to literacy programs. The books are from New Readers Press books. The fund supports family literacy, English as a second language, adult basic education and tutor training. In return for the books, the receiving organization pays the Fund 20% in cash for the worth of their request. For more information contact Mara Roberts, Program Administration, National Book Scholarship Fund, Pro Literacy Worldwide, 1320 Jamesville Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210; {}.

37) $5,000 To Improve Technology For Health Info
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine for the Greater Midwest Region offers $5,000 Technology Improvement Awards to cover the cost of purchasing, installing, and upgrading information technologies for health professionals or health care consumers. You can use the money to pay for internet access for one year, adding software, equipment, training, education, and more. For more information contact Ruth Holst, Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region, 1750 W. Polk St., M/C 763, Chicago, IL 60612; 800-338-7657; {}.

38) Money To Fund Health Information Access
The National Library of Medicine has several grant programs to help organizations provide access to digital health information resources. The Internet Access to Digital Libraries (IADL) grant enables organizations to use the Internet for access health-related information and services provided by NLM and others, to transfer files and images, and to interact by e-mail and videoconferencing with colleagues. Money can be used to purchase and install equipment and software, training, access to databases, and more. The Information System Grants are offered as a means of initiating, improving and fostering the use of computer and telecommunications technologies to coordinate and disseminate health information. It emphasizes the use of information technology to bring usable, useful health-related information to end users. In addition they offer Integrated Advanced Information Management System grants, Biomedical Informatics Resource grants, as well as others. For more information contact National Network of Libraries of Medicine; 800-338-7657; or National Library of Medicine, Rockledge 1, Suite 301, 6705 Rockledge Dr., MSC 7968, Bethesda, MD 20893; 301-496-4221; {}.

39) Preservation Funds
Preserving a library’s collection can be costly, but there are funds available to help with the process. Many state humanities councils will fund projects focusing on the state or a community’s history. Other organizations may have a slightly wider scope. Some funding agencies in the Northeast include:

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
648 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02215
800-952-7401 (in MA)

Massachusetts Cultural Council
10 St. James Ave., 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

Maine State Archives
#84 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333

New Jersey State Library
185 West State St.
P.O. Box 520
Trenton, NJ 08625

New York State Library
Division of Library Development
10-C-47 Cultural Education Center
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12230

Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance
Shelbourne Museum
P.O. Box 10
Shelburne, VT 05482
802-985-3348 ext. 3323

40) Small Town Library Money
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a Rural Housing Service that has grant and loan programs for rural communities. The population of a rural area can be up to 20,000 people, although priority is given to those under 5,000. The Community Facilities Grant program has $19 million, of which libraries can receive funds. Grant funds can be used for up to 75% of the project cost. The Rural Housing Service also offers a direct loan and a guaranteed loan program. For more information contact your local Rural Housing Service office or for help locating the right office contact Rural Housing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 5027, South Building, 14th St. and Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250; 202-720-4323; {}.

41) Money To Get Connected
The Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company provides access to telecommunications services for all eligible schools and libraries. This program offers discounts on internet access and telecommunications services. To learn if you qualify, contact the Universal Service Administrative Company at 888-203-8100; {}.

42) $10,000 With Your Cup Of Coffee
The Starbucks Foundation has a mission to help the youth in underserved communities through the funding of programs that teach leadership, literacy and respect for diversity. Starbucks Foundation provides grants to programs which focus on literacy and writing for children through the age of 21. Grants are given to organizations in communities in which Starbucks stores are located. Two different programs are available. A $1,000 mini-grant is available to local projects involving the store’s employees. A $10,000 Opportunity Grant is available to larger projects that involve Starbucks stores, employees, and customers. Applications for the mini-grants are available from Starbucks stores. For the Opportunity Grant contact Starbucks Foundation, 22401 Utah Ave., South, Seattle, WA 98134; 206-447-7950; {}.

43) $5 Million From Air Products
Air Products and Chemicals has a strong Social Responsibility program to help improve the communities in which they have a presence. Their goal is to strengthen the economy and support programs for children and families. They want the communities to be vital and healthy. Air Products has $5 million in grants which they offer to organizations, of which libraries are included. Grant applications and information are available at the local Air Products location, or you can contact Manager of Community Relations, Corporate Relations Department, Air Products Foundation, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., 7201 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, PA 18195; 610-481-4453; {}.

44) Money And Books From Albertson’s
Albertson’s stores support the neighborhood by offering more than $78 million in cash and donations to support several different focus areas, including the schools. Last year with a partnership with Coca-Cola Company, Albertson’s was able to distribute a half-million books to schools. To learn more about their grant and books programs contact your local Albertson’s or Albertson’s Inc., 250 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, ID 83706; 877-932-7948; {}.

45) $15 Million from Alcoa
The Alcoa Foundation wants to improve the quality of life in communities where Alcoa is located worldwide. In order to better serve the community, Alcoa has four Areas of Excellence from which the grants must originate. The Areas include: Conservation and Sustainability, Safe and Health Children and Families, Global Education and Workplace Skills, and Business and Community Partnerships. To learn how to apply for a grant, contact your nearest Alcoa location, or be directed to the correct office by calling Alcoa Foundation, 3029 Alcoa Corporate Center, 201 Isabella Street. Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5858; 412-553-2348; {}.

46) Grants From The Energy People
Alliant Energy offers Community Grants to support programs and initiatives in areas where the energy company is located, in order to improve the lives of their employees and residents of their communities. Grants are awarded in specific areas such as human needs, education, culture and art, civic, and environment. They have a presence in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. To find the exact service areas, please check the website. For more information on the grant program contact Executive Director, Alliant Energy Foundation, P. O. Box 77007, Madison, WI 53707; 608-458-4483; 800-255-4268; {}.

47) Money From Insurance People
The Allstate Foundation offers grants to programs focusing on the areas of safe and vital communities, tolerance, inclusion and diversity, and economic empowerment. Grants to organizations that cross various regions should apply to the National headquarters. Local organizations should send their grant requests to local regional offices found on the website. For more information contact The Allstate Foundation, 2275 Sanders Rd., Suite F4, Northbrook, IL 60062; 847-402-5502; {}.

48) Electronic Company Offers Grants
The Tyco Electronics Foundation make grants to organizations in communities where Tyco employees live. Because of their electronics focus, Tyco supports grants that encourage science and math, although they do make contributions for community programming with an education component. For more information contact Mary Rakoczy, The Tyco Electronics Foundation, c/o Tyco Electronics Corp., P.O. Box 3608, MS 140-10, Harrisburg, PA 17105; 717-592-4869; {}.

49) Get Your Money From The Bank
Bank of America Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic organizations of any corporation, offering over $108 million in grants last year. The Foundation has a focus on child development, economic and financial education, and teacher development. Each region that the Bank serves determines their own areas of need, and these can be found on the website. Your organization must be located in a service area of the Bank. For more information on how to apply for a grant contact Julie Chavez, Bank of America Foundation, 213 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604; 888-488-9802; {}.

50) The Book People Give More Than Books
Barnes and Noble supports local organizations that promote literacy and the arts or education. Organizations that seek support need to be willing to include Barnes and Noble in in-store programming and promotion of project. Proposals should be submitted through the local store, and they will then be forwarded to the district manager. For more information contact your local store or Mary Ellen Keating, Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Barnes & Noble, 122 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011; {}.

51) You Can Bank On It
Citigroup Foundation offers grants to organizations in Citigroup areas throughout the world. The areas of focus include financial education, educating the next generation and building communities and entrepreneurs. Literacy development is included in the education component. For more information contact Charles V. Raymond, President, Citigroup Foundation, 850 Third Ave., 13th Floor, New York, NY 10043; 212-559-9163; {}.

52) More Than Just Food
Darden Restaurants, which include Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, and more wants to improve communities in areas of arts and culture, social services and nutrition, education, and preservation of natural resources. Projects in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City, and the central Florida area are eligible. To learn more about the Foundation contact Foundation Administrator, Darden Restaurant Foundation, P.O. Box 59330; Orlando, FL 32859; 407-245-5213; {}.

53) More Than A Dollar
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation obviously has a focus area of increasing the literacy of adults and supports organization who have this mission. Organizations must be located within the Dollar General market area. For more information on how to apply for a grant contact The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, P.O. Box 1064, Goodlettsville, TN 37072; {}.

54) Newspapers and Television Reaches Out
The Gannett Foundation offers grants to organizations in communities that have a Gannett Co. local newspaper or television station. The focus of the grants is on education, health, youth development, cultural enrichment and more. Each Gannett community sets their own priorities depending upon the needs of the community, and you must apply directly to the local newspaper or television station. Priorities and communities served can be found on the website. For more information contact Gannett Foundation, 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA 22107; {}.

55) Goodrich Reaches Out
The Goodrich Corporation Foundation began in 1988 to support organizations in communities where they have a presence. Grants are given in the areas of Education, Arts and Culture, Civic and Community, and Health and Human Services. The website has a listing of locations of Goodrich facilities, and a more detailed description of programs and services the Foundation will support. For more information contact Foundation Coordinator, Four Coliseum Centre, 2730 West Tyvola Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217; 704-423-7000; {}.

56) Kroger Is More Than Food
Kroger Company Foundation provides grants to schools, hunger relief agencies, sports teams, and other nonprofits in the Kroger service area. Retail divisions are encouraged to work with organizations to help improve the community. Last year the Foundation donated $120 million to charitable causes. For more information contact Foundation Administrator, The Kroger Foundation, 1014 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-762-4449; {}.

57) $2,000, Papers, Staplers, And More
Office Depot has a program called Caring and Making a Difference that operates in communities where their employees live. Every store makes regular product donations, and the focus of their grant giving is on the health, education, and welfare of children. Nonprofits with those goals in mind can request funds of up to $2,000. To learn more about the program contact Office Depot, 2200 Old Germantown Rd., Delray Beach, FL 33445; attn: Donations; 800-937-3600; {}.

58) Free Art Books For Rural And Inner City Schools
The Art Resources Transfer Inc. is a non profit organization that donates books on art and culture to any library through their Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program. This program also pays for the shipment of the books to the library. Their goal is to make information on contemporary art and cultural issues available to all. You can view the books available online and fill out a simple request form. Books are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact DUC Library Program, Arts Resources Transfer, 526 West 26th St., Room 614, New York, NY 10001; 212-255-2919; {}.

59) Garth Brooks and Kids
Garth Brooks started the Teammates for Kids Foundation to support non profits whose focus is on working with children. Grants may be given to help organizations with programs focusing on health and education of children. For more information on the grants contact Teammates for Kids Foundation, 7851 S. Elati St., Suite 200, Littleton, CO 80120; {}.

60) Money From Coca-Cola
The Coca-Cola Foundation focuses on the educational opportunities for youth to help them become knowledgeable about the world in which they live. Grants are given to colleges, universities, elementary and secondary schools, teacher training, special programs for minority students, and more. They support innovative school programs, and programs to help kids stay in school. To learn how to apply contact The Coca-Cola Foundation, P.O. 1734, Atlanta, GA 30301; 404-676-2568; {}.

61) Cheap Books
Literacy Empowerment Foundation is a non-profit organization designed to help educational programs by offering low cost books. The Reading Recycling Project runs throughout the year, and offers 100 books free of charge (must pay shipping) new and gently used books to literacy programs. Although the selection is dependent upon availability, the program makes an effort to meet the needs of the program. Classroom libraries can order 100 new books organized for a specific grade for $125. Bruce Larkin, a children’s book author, has agreed to donate sets of 25 free books to every kindergarten and first grade classroom in the U.S. Children will be given the book to call their own. Titles will change every month so children can receive 12 different titles during the school year. You must reorder each month. The program also offers a Matching Book Grant which allows libraries to purchase $1,000 worth of books for $500 (can go up to $16,000 value). For more information contact Literacy Empowerment Foundation, 6323 Salem Park Circle, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050; 717-791-6210; {}.

62) $5,000 From Santana
The Milagro Foundation was begun by Carlos Santana and others in response to requests for assistance. They focus on supporting programs who work with and for underrepresented and underprivilieged children and youth in the areas of arts, education, and health. The Foundation supports artistic and culturally enriching programs. For more information contact and leave a message for a response Milagro Foundation, P.O. Box 9124, San Rafael, CA 94912; 415-460-9939; {}.

63) Money From The Car People
The Ford Motor Company Fund focuses on grants in five areas: education, environment, public policy, health & social programs, civic affairs & community development, and arts & humanities. Last year they awarded over $75 million in grants to non-profits to support these goals. The Fund wants to help improve the communities and lives where the company operates. To learn more contact Ford Motor Company Fund, One American Road, P.O. Box 1899, Dearborn, MI 48126; 888-313-0102; {}.

64) Paper and Money
The International Paper Company Foundation helps communities where they operate, especially those in which their employees volunteer. Areas of focused giving include literacy, education, civic needs, and more. They sponsor teacher workshops and Earth Day activities. A required grant application form is available on the website. For more information on the grant programs contact Executive Director, International Paper Company Foundation, 400 Atlantic St., Stamford, CT 06921; {}.

65) $10,000 From Kinder Morgan
The Kinder Morgan Foundation supports organizations in communities where they operate. Their focus is on youth programs supporting education, arts, and culture. Through their KM for Kids Program, they provide funding for programs that enhance the lives of youth in the community. For information on areas served and grant application contact Kinder Morgan Foundation, 500 Dallas St., Suite 1000, Houston, TX 77002; 713-369-9000; {}.

66) $200 Million From Packard
The co-founder of Hewlett-Packard began a Foundation to help make the world a better place. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the area of Children, Families and Communities. Their goal is ensure preschool for all children in California, as well as access to health insurance and after-school programs. They also have Local Area Funds with a special focus on the Northern California Counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Monterey. Contact The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, 300 Second Street, Los Altos, CA 94022; 650-948-7658; {}.

67) Money From The Pew Family
The Pew Charitable Trust helps provide solutions and support for the community. The Trust provides grants to nonprofit organizations in three areas: Advancing Policy Solutions, Informing the Public and Supporting Public Life. In 2003 the Trust funded 151 organizations with $143 million. For more information contact The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2005 Market Street, Suite 1700, Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077; 215-575-9050; {}.

68) Money From The Guardian Of Permanent Things
The Foundation provides grants to tax-exempt public foundations in the field of humanities, especially history, literature, religion and philosophy for projects that enhance or preserve the “permanent things” of society. Contact The Wilbur Foundation, P.O. Box 3370, Santa Barbara, CA 93130-3370; Fax: 805-563-1082; {}.

69) $3,000 From Target
Target awards Arts and Reading Grants to local nonprofit organizations. Contact your local Target store for the $1,000 to $3,000 grants. Grants are made in the area of early education, arts, and family violence prevention. Target gives over $2 million each week back to communities. You can check the web site to locate a store near you. Target also has local teams of volunteers to help out in the community. Target Grant Program; {}.

70) Up To $10,000 For Good Friends
Friends of Libraries U.S.A. is a national organization of local Friends of Libraries members. The local groups take part in efforts to support their local libraries. Two awards are given each year:
Baker & Taylor Award: Two $2,000 annual awards are given to outstanding innovative activities by a Friends group.
Barbara Kingslover Award: A $10,000 annual award to Friends groups of small public libraries for the purchase of books. Contact Friends of Libraries USA, 1420 Walnut Street, Suite 450, Philadelphia, PA 19102-4017; 215-790-1674; 800-9FOLUSA; {}.

71) Money From The Cell Phone People
U.S. Cellular focuses on nonprofit organizations that have significant relevance in the following areas: Civic and Community, Education, Health and Human Service, Environment and Arts and Culture. Contributions are available in certain areas of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Contact US Cellular, Public Affairs & Communications Department, c/o U.S. Cellular’s Connecting With Our Communities Program, 8410 West Bryn Mawr, Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60631; {}.

72) $5.5 Million From Sprint
The Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations with major interest in education, arts and culture, community involvement and youth development. Grants are primarily awarded to geographical areas with significant employee presence including Kansas City, Atlanta, Dallas and Sacramento. For more information contact Sprint Foundation Headquarters, 6200 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS 66251; 800-829-0965; {}.

73) Money From Cingular
Cingular wants to improve the communities where we work and live. Cingular supports community-based nonprofit organizations in the following areas: educational, cultural, and social issues. Contact Cingular Wireless Headquarters, Glenridge Highlands Two, 5565 Glenridge Connector, Atlanta, GA 30342; 866-CINGULAR; {}.

74) AT&T Gives Back To The Community
Cash grants to nonprofit organizations are primarily invitation-only programs. Unsolicited programs are accepted but rarely funded. Grants are awarded in the following areas throughout the United States: education, civic & community service and arts & culture.
AT&T CARES: AT&T provides grants to nonprofit organizations that AT&T employees volunteer. Volunteers that give at least 50 hours of service over a 12-month period may request a $250 CARES grant. If four or more AT&T employees volunteer at the same organization, they may request up to $5,000 grants. Contact AT&T Foundation,32 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10013; {}.

75) $9.9 Million From Weyerhaeuser
The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation offers community grant programs where a significant number of employees live. The advisory committee makes funding recommendations to the Foundation on a case-by-case basis. Making Waves: The Foundation makes unrestricted grants to local nonprofit organizations recommended by company volunteers volunteering their time to these particular organizations. Contact Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, EC2-2A8, P.O. Box 9777, Federal Way, WA 98063-9777; 253-924-3159; Fax: 253-924-3658; {}.

76) $83.2 Million to 14,000 Non-Profits
Wells Fargo wants to improve the communities where their employees live. Charitable contributions are funded at a local level to nonprofit organizations. To apply you must contact an office in your state. The web site offers a map describing each states program. Wells Fargo Foundation; {}.

77) $150 Million From Walmart
Walmart supports a variety of local programs throughout the United States. Through volunteer commitment and community grants local nonprofits may be eligible for part of the millions of dollars that they provide yearly. Contact your local Walmart or Sam’s Club for information. Contact Walmart Foundation; 800-530-9925; {}.

78) Money From Walgreen’s
Walgreen’s funds are awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations in local Walgreen communities. They provide grants in the health related programs, One-on-One tutorial programs and community and social service agencies. Contact Walgreens Community Relations, Mail Stop #2255, 200 Wilmont Road, Deerfield, IL 60015; 947-914-2500; 847-914-2856 guideline voicemail; {}.

79) Up To $10,000 In Railroad Money
The Union Pacific Foundation wants to improve the communities where their employees live. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations located within communities serviced by Union Pacific Railroad. You must apply for the grant online. For more grant information contact Union Pacific Railroad Foundation, 1400 Douglas Street, Omaha, NE 68179; 402-544-5000; 888-870-8777; {}.

80) $22 Million From The Bank
U.S. Bancorp supports many programs including literacy training and mentoring programs, as well as artistic and cultural enrichment. U.S. Bancorp awards grants to nonprofit organizations at a local level. Contact your local branch or check the web site for a location in your area. Contact U.S. Bancorp Charitable Giving; {}.

81) Money From Supervalu
The SUPERVALU Foundation provides support to local programs that meet local community’s needs. Funding is available for programs within the following guidelines: education, social service, workforce development, hunger relief and fine arts. Contact SUPERVALU Foundation, P.O. Box 990, Minneapolis, MN 55440; {}.

82) Up To $25,000 From Staples
Staples Foundation provides funds to nonprofit organizations that support job skills and education for all people especially the disadvantaged youth. Contact Staples Foundation for Learning, 500 Staples Drive, 4 West, Farmington. MA 01702; 508-253-9600; {}.

83) $2,500 From 7-Eleven
Grants are available from $1,000 to $2,500 to nonprofit organizations located in communities where 7-Eleven stores operate. Programs eligible include those that assist adolescents and adults, especially at-risk and economically disadvantaged, with workforce development and literacy as their primary mission. Contact 7-Eleven Community Affairs, P.O. Box 711, Dallas, TX 75221; 214-828-7480; {}.

84) Safeco Improves Neighborhoods
Safeco believes in neighborhoods and provides grants to promote activities that bring neighbors together. The fund focuses on the following programs: creating neighborhood gathering space, neighborhood clean-up and beautification, volunteer projects and festivals that address diverse audiences. Funds are available where Safeco employees live and work throughout the country. Contact Safeco Community Relations, Safeco Plaza, T-8, Seattle, WA 98185; {}.

85) $5,000 From Rockwell
Rockwell Collins Charitable Corporation awards funds of $5,000 or more to nonprofit organizations providing programs to the youth in math, science and engineering or culture and the arts. Contact Rockwell Collins, 400 Collins Road, NE , Cedar Rapids, IA 52498; 319-295-1000; {}.

86) $500 From Radio Shack
Radio Shack administers the Radio Shack Neighborhood Answers Grant Program to provide grants of up to $500 to nonprofit organizations. Libraries that offer programs on Radio Shacks focus areas; family violence and abuse prevention or child abduction, may apply for this grant. Contact Radio Shack, 100 Throckmorton Street, Suite 1800, Fort Worth, TX 76102; 817-415-3700; 817-415-3011; {}.

87) Travel Overseas
Traditional Fulbright Scholar Program: This traditional program offers U.S. professional and faculty to travel abroad for two months for up to an academic year. The Scholars lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional areas.
Fulbright Senior Specialists Program: This grant program offers short-term Fulbright grants of two to six weeks. Contact Fulbright Program, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State, SA-44, 301 4th Street, S.W., Room 234, Washington, DC 20547; 202-619-4360; {}.

88) Non-Profit Help
The Internet Nonprofit Center offers an online listing, Nonprofit FAQ. This listing offers answers to many questions nonprofit have including the following topics: organization, management, regulation, resources and development. Contact Internet Nonprofit Center, The Evergreen State Society, P.O. Box 20682, Seattle, WA 98102-0682; {}.

89) UPS Helps Communities
UPS Foundation wants to help non-profits better serve their communities. UPS awards grants to projects that focus on adult literacy and family learning opportunities. Contact The UPS Foundation, 55 Glenlake Parkway, NE , Atlanta, GA 30328; 770-828-6451; {}.

90) $10,000 In Salesforce Grants awards grants of usually about $5,000 but can be as much as $10,000. Nonprofit organizations may apply for funding for multi-media access to underserved youth to empower them to social change. Salesforce awards grants to organizations where their employees volunteer or are sponsored by an employee. Contact, inc. Foundation Small Grants Program, The landmark @ One Market, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94105; 415-901-7000; {}.

91) $25,000 From RGK
RGK Foundation awards a wide variety of grants that fulfill their mission in the following areas: Education, Community and Medicine/Health. Grants of up to $25,000 are available to nonprofit organizations. You must send an electronic Letter of Inquiry to start the process. Contact RGK Foundation, 1301 West 25th Street, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78705-4236; 512-474-9298; {}.

92) $14 Million For Public Welfare
The Public Welfare Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide support to disadvantaged populations in the following areas: criminal justice, disadvantaged elderly and youth, environment, population, health, community and economic development, human rights and technology assistance. Contact Public Welfare Foundation, 1200 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009-4443; 202-965-1800; {}.

93) Money For Author Visits
PEN offers the Readers & Writers program as a grant to sites that cannot afford author visits. Three different authors visit each site over a ten-month period. In addition, the program provides a copy of the author’s book for each student. Contact PEN American Center, Readers & Writers Program, 588 Broadway, Suite 303, New York, NY 10012; 212-334-1660, ext 109; {}.

94) Money From Insurance People
The Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations through their Nurturing the Children Program. The program focuses on safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement, and mentoring children. Grants are also given to organizations where New York Life employees and retirees volunteer. Funds are granted in New York City and Westchester County, NY. Contact New York Life Foundation, 51 Madison Avenue, Room 1600, New York, NY 10010; 212-576-7341; {}.

95) Grants For Gardens
Grow a garden at your library with the help of the children in your community. The grants provide all the materials your youth group needs to start a beautiful garden. Priority is given to programs that focus on education, nutrition or plant-food connection, environmental awareness, entrepreneurship, teambuilding and community support. Contact National Gardening Association, 1100 Dorset Street, South Burlington, VT 05403; 800-538-7476; {}.

96) Money To Help Those With Disabilities
The Mitsubishi Foundation is committed to helping young Americans with disabilities reach their full potential within society. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grant funds that help young disabled people have full access to educational, vocational and educational opportunities in order to participate with their peers. Contact Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, 1560 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1150, Arlington, VA 22209; 703-276-8240; {}.

97) $10,000 For Volunteers
This annual event is held the fourth Saturday in October each year. Participants submit information about their volunteer Make a Difference Day to become eligible for $10,000 awards. Contact USA Weekend, Make a Difference Day, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22107; 800-416-3824; {}.

98) Teach Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance provides free multimedia kits to libraries that work with youth. Titles include:
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks: Includes a 40-minute VHS video and viewers guide.
I Will Be Your Friend: This kit includes a 26 song CD and 130 page activity book.
A Time For Justice: 38-minute VHS
The Shadow of Hate: A History of Intolerance in the U.S.: Includes a 40-minute VHS video, 128-page text and teacher’s guide.
Starting Small: Includes a 58-minute VHS and 250-page book for professional development.
A Place at the Table: Struggles for Equality in America: Includes a 40-minute video, 144-page text and teacher’s guide. Contact Teaching Tolerance, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104; 334-956-8376; {}.

99) Money From Best Buy
Best Buy Children’s Foundation focuses on improving the quality of life for children in school. Programs supporting leadership, mentor relationships, personal achievements, and more are supported. Te@ch awards got to K-12 schools that integrate interactive technology into the curriculum. Schools are awarded $2,500 Best Buy Gift Card. These programs are supported in areas where Best Buy has a presence. For more information contact Best Buy children’s Foundation, Community Relations, P.O. Box 9448, Minneapolis, MN 55440; 952-947-2650; {}.

100) Grants From ConAgra Foods
ConAgra Foods Foundation strives to improve the lives in communities where ConAgra has a presence. The Foundation focuses on education, arts and culture, civic and community betterment, and health and human services. To apply for a grant contact your local ConAgra Foods operation. For more information contact The ConAgra Foods Foundation, CC-304, One ConAgra Dr., Omaha, NE 68102; {}.