With the spread of COVID-19, many institutions have had to temporarily shut their doors and have their staff work remotely. Since this has led to collections being inaccessible for review, many grant programs are extending their deadlines for libraries to apply. As future planning becomes more difficult with unclear timelines for quarantines and upcoming budgets in flux, now is the perfect time to take advantage of these grant opportunities to seek additional funding for the new fiscal year. Backstage Library Works can assist you with pricing your projects for your applications, and discussing what to consider when narrowing your project scope.
One new program with an upcoming deadline is the NEH CARES: Cultural Organizations Grant. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has received supplemental funding to provide emergency relief to institutions and organizations working in the humanities that have been affected by the coronavirus.
In keeping with the aims of Congress in passing the CARES Act, proposed short-term projects should emphasize retaining or hiring humanities staff. Through this funding opportunity, NEH will award grants to museums, libraries and archives, historic sites, independent research institutions, professional organizations, colleges and universities, and other cultural organizations across the country to help these entities continue to advance their mission during the interruption of their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Applications are due by May 11, 2020, with a maximum award size of $300,000.
Looking for other options? Check out these online lists:
Browse or search for grants awarded by ALA divisions, funding sponsored by major library vendors, research grants, and more.
Many opportunities are available from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, a federally funded organization.
A number of agencies specialize in funding projects at libraries, museums, and archives.