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Grants Update

Grants Enhance K-12 School Libraries
Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries
The goal of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is to provide print books to the school libraries and students that most need them. Grants of up to $6,000 are made to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of school libraries throughout the United States. Preference is given to elementary, middle, or high schools in which 90% or more of the school population receives free or reduced lunch. Funds are available only for library books and magazine/serial copies, and subscriptions; requests for staffing, shelving, furniture, equipment, software, videos, classroom book sets, or exams are not eligible. All grants are made to individual schools rather than to school districts, foundations, or other entities. The application deadline is December 31, 2008. Online application information is available on the website listed above.
Grants Promote Native Arts
National Museum of the American Indian: Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program
The National Museum of the American Indian’s Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program offers support to a wide range of activities with the goal of increasing the understanding and appreciation of contemporary Native American arts. The Exhibitions and Publications grant category supports projects that interpret and present the work of contemporary Native visual artists to the public and encourage dialogue and critical commentary. The Expressive Arts category promotes the creation and presentation of new works through the collaboration of two or more Native artists. The Artist Leadership Program enables indigenous artists to research, network, and develop life skills to enhance artistic growth and strengthen career development. The Emerging Artist Program seeks to enhance the artistic growth of young artists in high school and college. The application deadline for the first two categories is January 15, 2009. Applications for the last two categories are due April 6, 2009. Visit the website listed above for details on each of the program’s grant categories.
Surrogate Parenting Programs Funded
Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program: Statewide Initiative
The Brookdale Foundation focuses on the needs and challenges of America’s elderly population. The Brookdale Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) Statewide Initiative supports public state agencies that can generate new caregiver activities, locally and statewide, for grandparents or other relatives who have taken on the responsibility of surrogate parenting due to the inability of parents to care for their own children. The initiative provides $10,000 in funding over a two-year period for state agencies that have demonstrated a commitment to relative caregiving activities, especially for families outside of the foster care system. The following states are eligible to apply for this initiative: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Utah. The application deadline is January 7, 2009. Visit the website listed above for program details.

Washington Women Welcome LOI
Eligible applicants may submit letters of inquiry to the Washington Women’s Foundation for funding consideration from the Foundation’s pooled grants.

Endowment for the Humanities: We the People Challenge Grants in United States History, Institutions, and Culture
This program is designed to help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for humanities activities that examine American history through the lens of the nation’s founding principles.

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

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