- COVID-19 Grant Response Program -


It would be a futile exercise (not to mention a depressing one) to try and list out the many ways that the pandemic has adversely impacted Minnesota’s libraries. Suffice it to say, COVID-19 has upended normal for each and every one. Fortunately for many, the stalwart support of local Friends of the Library helped somewhat to “blunt the blow” in 2020. 

Last year, MALF encouraged and empowered Friends to redouble their support by piloting a new grant initiative: the aptly named COVID-19 Grant Response Program. In all, 15 member organizations received thousands of dollars to fill fundraising shortfalls or offset important expenses that the Friends’ coffers could not otherwise cover.

With coronavirus still a defining characteristic of our daily lives, MALF is pleased to announce the renewal of this popular grant program for 2021! Between now and Friday, April 30, MALF invites member Friends groups to put their names forward for one of ten $400 mini-grants.

This program is, by design, broad and responsive in nature. A wide array of purchases and priorities are qualified for consideration, so long as you can demonstrate value for your library and, by extension, its patrons. See the form for eligibility and applications requirements. (We promise they are mercifully few!) Note: Organizations who received financial assistance from MALF in 2020, as part of this or any other grant initiative, are eligible to (re)apply.

In early May, MALF’s awards committee will randomly draw the ten winners from a pool of all fully eligible requests. All applicants will be notified of outcomes around this time.  

Interested in applying, but unsure how to most effectively deploy $400? We advise asking your library's leadership team! You can also peruse MALF’s blog for featurettes on all the 2020 award recipients, which is sure to give you ideas!

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are Friends of the Library organizations that:

(1) serve a Minnesota-based public, school K-12, college/university, or special library
(2) are 501(c)3 nonprofits eligible to receive tax-deductible donations, and in good standing with the IRS and Minnesota Secretary of State
(3) are current in their annual MALF membership dues, and
(4) are willing to report back on expenditures and impacts using a 1-page template provided by MALF.

Application Instructions

Applications for this third cycle of the COVID-19 Grant Response Program will be accepted through Friday, April 30, 2021. Email a docx or pdf of Pg. 2 to info@mnlibraryfriends.org, using the subject line “MALF COVID-19 Grant Response Program.” Questions can be routed to this same address.

In total, ten grants (of $400/ea.) are available in this initial phase of the program. Winners will be selected by random draw from a pool of all fully eligible applications received by the stated deadline.  

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