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MacDonald Mini-Money Grants

Do You Know about MacDonald Mini-Money Grants?

Adam and Jane MacDonald Mini-Money Grants are available for credit or non-credit courses, workshops and seminars, State Library Education Modules, NELINET classes, online education classes and classes offered by local education institutes.  Maximum amount is $200.  *The funds may not be used for conference attendance.*

Apply through the NHLA Continuing Education Committee.  Application forms are on the NHLA webpage – Click on “Education”, then on “Scholarships and Grants.”  For more information, contact Barbara Prince at the Hanover Town Library, Etna at 643-3116 or

2 NH Public Libraries Receive Funding from Recovery Act

Congratulations to the Richards Free Library (Newport, NH) and the Hinsdale Public Library upon receiving funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. According to yesterday’s news release from the USDA, The Richards Free Library will receive $5,600 to purchase and install an internet fiber connection in the library, and Hinsdale will receive $9,600 to purchase computers and software to automate library functions, allowing for barcoding capabilities for book inventory. Wow!

The $15 million in Recovery Act funding announced yesterday is being provided through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Program. It will be combined with $10.2 million from other sources. Altogether, 190 libraries across the country have benefited from Recovery Act funding. For a complete list of the library projects funded by USDA, click here.

Winning Library Grants

*Winning Library Grants*
March 1 – 31, 2010 (online asynchronous) $250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni price $200)
PDPs: 15

In these difficult economic times, grant research and proposal writing skills are more important than ever for librarians. Grants may be the only way you can address changing needs in your community while your library budget is flat or shrinking. This online course will introduce you to the grant process from beginning to end with an emphasis on planning successful grant projects, funding sources for libraries, researching grant opportunities, preparing winning proposals, and tips,
techniques and proven success stories from all types of libraries. Course modules are designed to follow the instructors’ Grant Process Cycle model, which illustrates how grant work is ongoing and can be easily integrated into your jobs as librarians.

Instructors: Stephanie Gerding and Pam MacKellar are experienced on both sides of the grant process, having been grant reviewers, proposal writers, and grant project administrators. Stephanie and Pam co-authored the successful book, Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual for
Librarians, and they write the Library Grants Blog, which lists grant announcements for libraries in one easy-to-access location. They have presented workshops on grants for libraries nationwide, and they are currently working on a new book, Winning Grants: A Multimedia How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, forthcoming in 2010.

For more information about our online workshops see


For additional information or to register see or contact

Kris Liberman ’87LS
Program Manager
Simmons GSLIS CE
T – 617-521-2803
F – 617-521-3192

Rural Libraries – Funding Opportunity

USDA Rural Development

Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, announced the goal to provide $100 million of USDA’s Community Facilities ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds for public libraries. The VT/NH jurisdiction will have at least $2.2 Million in funding to offer to libraries for capital projects such as buildings and equipment. There are many excellent outcomes when we support rural libraries:

  • Rural libraries not only play a vital role in educating their patrons, they also enhance the economic vitality of a rural community.
  • Rural business owners receive an array of information resources at the public library. The educational opportunities afforded create more productive employees for rural businesses.
  • The construction or renovation projects for libraries create and save jobs in the construction and library service fields.
  • A new or renovated library facility in a rural community can be a catalyst for renewing that community’s downtown area.
  • Public libraries are culturally and technologically critical to the rural communities they serve.  Public libraries offer a host of state of the art communication services to rural residents that are often otherwise unavailable in their community.
  • Libraries are often a rural community’s cultural center; offering public programming to adults and children.
  • Public libraries are important to bridging the digital divide and improving the quality of life in rural America.

Key program points are:

  • Community served must be under 20,000 in population
  • Contact your local RD office regarding grant eligible service areas. Please visit to find an office near you in VT or NH.
  • Note: Grants range from 0-75% and require matching funds. Please visit to see if your community is eligible for grant assistance. Note: Loan and Loan guarantees are available to all communities of 20,000 or less in population.
  • Both Public and Non-Profit Libraries who are open to the public may qualify.

Download the complete flyer here. If you tweet about this, please include @nhlibrarians

2010 National Library Week Grant

Libraries across the United States are invited to apply for the $3,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant, which will be awarded to a single library for the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2010 National Library Week theme, “Communities thrive @ your library®.”
The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and is administered by the Public Awareness Committee of the American Library Association (ALA). This year’s application deadline is October 16, 2009.  National Library Week is April 11-17, 2010.

Learn more at

Revised Mini-Money Grant Form

A slightly revised NHLA Continuing Education Committee Mini-Money Grant application form has been uploaded to the NHLA website. You can download it from the Scholarships and Grants page, Direct questions to Barbara Prince.

Mini-Money Grants…What are you waiting for?

Did you know that NHLA members can apply for grants of up to $200 to be used for a broad range of continuing education opportunities?  Thanks to “Mini-Money Grants” made available from the Adam & Jane MacDonald Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, grant recipients can use the money for credit or non-credit courses, workshops and seminars, State Library Education modules, NELINET classes, online education classes, and classes offered by local educational institutions.  (The funds may not be used for conference attendance.)  Download the grant application form here, and for more information contact Andrea Thorpe at

If you are looking for financial assistance to be used for graduate study, apply for a Winchell Loan and/or a Norris scholarship.  To learn more about these opportunities, visit the NHLA Graduate Study web page.

NH Charitable Foundation Grants

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation invites you to attend one of their 2007 grant information sessions to learn about their Community Impact Grant Program and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund Grant Program (PDF file).  A list of upcoming information sessions is available here.

Not familiar with the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation?  Well, it was established in 1962, and it is now one of the country’s largest community foundations, with:

  • A collection of more than 1,400 funds established by donors for individualized charitable purposes
  • Assets of $344 million
  • Program initiatives and scholarship funds that awarded more than $25 million in grants in 2005

So don’t waste any time.  Register to attend a grant information session and start brainstorming ideas for potential grant proposals.

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