[kids-lib] Grants for Rural Oregon Libraries
The Libri Foundation
reading at librifoundation.org
Tue Apr 1 10:03:13 PST 2008
Thanks to a recent generous donation from an Oregon donor, The Libri
Foundation has a number of April 2008 BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grants
available specifically for rural Oregon libraries.
Applications are being accepted from rural public libraries that have
never received a Books for Children grant, as well as from libraries
that received grants in 2005 or earlier.
The application deadline for these grants is: (postmarked by) April
15th. Grants will be awarded at the end of April.
In order to encourage and reward local support of libraries, The Libri
Foundation will match any amount of money raised by the library's local
sponsors from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can
receive up to $1,050 worth of new children's books. After a library
receives a grant, local sponsors (such as formal or informal Friends
groups, civic or social organizations, local businesses, etc.) have four
months, or longer if necessary, to raise their matching funds.
Libraries are qualified on an individual basis. In general, county
libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries
should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries
should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an
active children's department.
Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a
city with a population over 40,000. Town libraries with total operating
budgets over $150,000 and county libraries with total operating budgets
over $350,000 are rarely given grants.
A school library may apply only if it also serves as the public library
(i.e. it is open to the everyone in the community, has some summer
hours, and there is no public library in town).
Detailed application guidelines and application forms may be downloaded
from the Foundation's website at: www.librifoundation.org.
For more information or to have an application packet mailed or faxed to
you, please contact Ms. Barbara J. McKillip, President, The Libri
Foundation, PO Box 10246, Eugene, OR 97440. 541-747-9655 (voice);
541-747-4348 (fax); libri at librifoundation.org (email). Normal office
hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Time.
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