Laura Bush Foundation Wants to Help School Libraries + Friends


Starting up a new school library can be a challenge even in the best of times. In a time marked by budget cuts and program slashing, it can seem downright impossible. If you are part of a Friends of the Library group attached to a new or growing school media center in Minnesota, the Laura Bush Foundation wants to help.

Grants of varying amounts are available to help offset the hefty expense of acquiring new, age-appropriate materials for circulation.

Public and private institutions serving pre-K through high school are encouraged to apply. Note, however, that funds are awarded based on need. Eligible schools must have a student body where at least 85 percent apply for free or reduced lunches (FRL).

If you fit that requirement, click here to read more information and access the application. It is well worth your while. Last grant cycle, the Foundation received a total of 610 applications. Over a third – 218, to be exact – received a grant! For the 2014/2015 awards cycle, materials are due by December 15, 2015. No late entries can be accepted.

Interested in providing financial assistance to a school media center but fall short of the Laura Bush Foundation’s criteria? Consider MALF’s own Ray Birr Memorial Grant, geared specifically toward school library Friends.