Grants & Awards

MALF is proud of our two "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
(2021 Entry Deadline:
Friday, July 9)

Purpose: The Evy Nordley Award is MALF’s flagship prize, and one of our oldest. Its namesake, Evy Nordley, devoted decades to championing Friends of the Library. She did so as head of the Washington County Friends, a director of Friends of Libraries USA (now United for Libraries), and a founder of the Minnesota Association of Library Friends.

Throughout her “second career,” Nordley pushed Friends to step out of their traditional comfort zone and explore new and promising initiatives. Moreover, she practiced what she preached. Under the auspices of the Minnesota Humanities Commission, Nordley brought to life a hugely popular “Minnesota Chautauqua” programming series driven by Friends and other state humanities organizations.

After Nordley’s passing in 1997, MALF created the Evy Nordley Award to recognize the commitment to Friends and appetite for replicable innovation that she exemplified. 

Prizes: MALF is pleased to offer $1,000 and a customized plaque to the top place finisher. First runner-up receives $500. All finalists also receive a matted certificate of recognition.

Applicant Eligibility: Entrants must be based in Minnesota and attached to a public, K-12 school, college/university, or special library. Libraries themselves, along with individuals and non-library charities, cannot apply. Current membership in the Minnesota Association of Library Friends is a prerequisite for consideration. (However, if necessary, annual dues may be submitted with award application.) Previous years’ finalists and winners are strongly encouraged to reenter for the 2021 cycle. You may also submit multiple candidate projects as part of this or any Evy Nordley cycle.

Applicants must be in good standing with the IRS and Minnesota Secretary of State. NOTE: Public charities whose annual gross receipts are normally not more than $5,000 may receive tax-deductible charitable contributions without filing an application with the IRS. However, they are still required to register with the IRS and file Form 990-N Electronic Notice ("e-Postcard") for Tax-Exempt Organizations Not Required to File Form 990/990-EZ.

Project Eligibility: Common project types are special events, successful fundraisers, membership drives, and advocacy campaigns – but the sky is the limit!

Any Friends-supported project is eligible, provided that (1) project implementation began after January 1, 2020; and (2) either the Friends or their library was the primary beneficiary. (In other words, efforts jointly developed with or sponsored by non-Friends organizations are qualified under many circumstances.) If you have specific questions about the eligibility of a particular project, call 651-366-6492 for clarity.

How to Apply: Use the attached form to outline your project or initiative. Answer each section fully and carefully; MALF’s judging rubric follows this same outline. If a piece of information seems relevant to multiple categories, do not hesitate to duplicate select details as necessary. You are also welcome to submit supplementary materials as an appendix: photographs, news articles, attendee or donor testimonials, etc.

Notifications + Next Steps: All applicants will be notified of finalist outcomes by late August.

COVID-19 Update: In lieu of any in-person presentation, a representative from each finalist group will be asked to prepare a brief PowerPoint and record a 10-minute talk outlining the planning and implementation of their project. MALF will handle the tech considerations, including but not limited to recording and editing.

These pre-recorded presentations will be broadcast online as part of a larger virtual event in Fall 2021 (date TBA). Evy Nordley candidates are not obligated to attend that program in real time. Presentations will afterward be made available on MALF's website and YouTube channel. 

Award money will be remitted by MALF in late September or early October. 

See sidebar for rules and application form.



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 form.



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