Friends Eligible For Flexible Children's Programming Grant

We 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.

Ezra Jack Keats FoundationEstablished 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. 

The Foundation will distribute approximately 60 grants to worthy applicants this year. Next year marks the Ezra Jack Keats centennial celebration and, according to the Foundation, your odds are particularly strong if your proposal incorporates elements from the work of Ezra Jack Keats.

Applications are due March 31, 2016. All winners will be notified by May 1. Visit the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s website for more details.