Grants & Awards

MALF is proud of our three "anchor" grants. We have offered these to members for over a decade - and they are proving more relevant now than ever!

Evy Nordley Award for Best Project by Friends of Libraries 
(2018 Entry Deadline: Friday, June 15!)

Minnesota libraries treasure Friends of the Library groups not only for the financial support they provide, but for the original ideas and innovative projects they generate on behalf of the library and its goals. Each year, the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF) recognizes this fact with its Evy Nordley Award for ‘Best Project by Friends of the Library.’ Top prize is $1,000 and a custom plaque.

Any Friends-supported project is eligible, provided project implementation began after January 1 of the preceeding year. Examples include print publications, programming events, membership drives, fundraising campaigns, and website or digital initiatives.

Entry submission is free, but participation requires a current MALF membership. (Contestants unaffiliated with MALF are welcome to submit membership application and annual dues along with their Evy Nordley entry materials.)

Each cycle, three finalists will be notified over the summer and invited to give a ten-minute presentation describing the design, development and impact of their Friends effort at the annual fall Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Conference. The winner will be announced at this time. Runners-up will receive $250 and a framable Certificates of Recognition.

See sidebar for rules and application.


Goss/Nordley Start-Up Grant
No Deadline 

This fund provides grants to help defray the expenses of creating new Friends groups in public, academic or special libraries. Grants of up to $1,000 are available. Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed by MALF board members at their regularly-scheduled meetings. 

See sidebar for rules and application.



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