Grant Resources

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Grant Writing Resources

Local Grants

Local Municipalities: Ask your municipality for pool passes, skate park or city park access.

Local School District: Ask your local school district for passes to sporting events, plays, or other events open to the public.

Large hometown businesses

  • Ask a local business if they offer community grants.
    • Known grant providers for WVLS libraries: Walmart, Kmart, Ace Hardware, McDonalds, Hardees, movie theaters, ice cream shops, coffee shops.

Local Organizations

  • Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, Moose, Legion, Hospital Foundation, Literacy Council, Cooperatives, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, United Way, Chamber of Commerce…
Wisconsin Grants

Ann Marie Foundation: Quarterly grant periods

  • The Ann Marie Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Wisconsin communities it serves. The foundation provides monetary awards to schools and non-profit organizations to promote educational, humanitarian, cultural, and recreational activities. The foundation also provides scholarships to high school graduates.

Donors Forum of Wisconsin has information from the donor’s perspective.

The Foundation Center has information about donors.

Foundations in Wisconsin (Contact Anne Hamland for log in information)

  • An online directory of active grant-making foundations in the state of Wisconsin maintained by Marquette University

Mead Witter Foundation

Wisconsin Common Grant Application form: Many Wisconsin foundations accept the Wisconsin Common Grant Application, a generalized application that was last updated in 2006. Information about individual grant programs is available from each funder, and at the Marquette University Funding Information Center at Marquette University Raynor Library (above).

National Grants

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

  • March 31, 2017
  • The EJK Mini-Grant offers funding of up to $500 and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant

  • This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
  • Information for Wisconsin Applicants

YALSA Awards, Grants, Stipends and Scholarships

  • Each year YALSA offers more than $195,000 in grants and awards to members who work with or on behalf of teens. Please click on the individual grant for application information. YALSA also sponsors one Spectrum Scholar and an Emerging Leader each year, using funds provided by the Friends of YALSA. YALSA members are also eligible for scholarships, awards and grants from the American Library Association.  New to grant writing?  Check out these great tips!


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