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Grants Update: August 27, 2007

For a list of grants with multiple or no deadlines, please visit the ALA Washington Office’s Grants page.

Maine Continues to Get Better

The Betterment Fund is accepting applications for programs that benefit the residents of Maine. The Fund was created by the will of the late William Bingham, 2nd, and focuses its grantmaking on qualified institutions and organizations whose activities promote education or health improvement. Organizations that can demonstrate the significance of their impact will be favored. Special consideration may be given to projects in the Western Mountains region. Most grants from the Fund fall within the $20,000 to $50,000 range. Applications must be received by September 30, 2007. Visit the website provided above for additional information.

Your Dollar Could Buy the Future

Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2007 round of the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants program. Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofits organizations to help implement or expand literacy programs for new readers, below-grade-level readers, and readers with disabilities. Applicants requesting support must provide direct services. Schools, libraries, and organizations within 20 miles of stores in Dollar General’s 35-state service area are eligible to apply. Applications are due October 5, 2007. To determine geographic eligibility and for further information, visit the website provided above.

Fund Supports Southern “Face” Time

The Southern Humanities Media Fund is accepting preliminary applications for media projects that focus on the “new face” of the South. Nonprofit organizations and eligible government agencies in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia, are encouraged to apply for support for the shooting/production, editing, and/or finishing of film, video, and audio programs for a general public audience. Projects that offer insights into the region’s changing social, economic, and political conditions will be favored. Preliminary applications are due October 19, 2007. Visit the website provided above for additional information.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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