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Library Staff, Friends Eligible for Flexible Children’s Programming Grant

EzraJackKeatsFoundation_logo.jpgWe know from speaking with MALF members that many Friends groups in Minnesota are deeply and passionately involved in their library’s children’s and young adult programming. In some of these cases, Friends involvement is limited only by lack of available funds. If this describes you, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation wants to help.

Established in the 1960s by the Caldecott Medal winning writer and children’s book illustrator, the Foundation continues strong today. Its primary focus remains to foster the ideals Keats valued most: creative expression, teamwork, and diversity/multiculturalism.

Minigrants, one of its flagship and most popular programs, offers awards of $500 to public school and library teams looking to create special, enriching activities for school-aged children outside of the standard curriculum. Popular examples include bookmaking workshops, community or multicultural ‘portrait projects,’ pen pal initiatives, and the creation and performance of plays or puppet shows. Click here for a full list of past winners and program types.

If your idea is strong, your chances are good! The Foundation will distribute approximately 70 grants to worthy applicants this year.

Applications are due March 15. All winners will be notified by May 1. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s website for more details, or jump straight to the Minigrants application.