Applications Accepted for 2020-2021 “Autism Welcome Here: Library Programs, Services and More” Starting September 2, 2019
Since 2016, this grant has been offered, honoring the groundbreaking work of Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected co-founder, Meg Kolaya, for her contributions in promoting inclusion, connecting libraries with the autism community, and bringing awareness of the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families to the library community.
GRANT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: For the fifth year, this grant will award a total of $5,000.00, with all of the funds either awarded to one proposal or divided among several applicants, depending on the applications received. All types of libraries in the United States or Canada are encouraged to apply. Proposals will be eligible that fund projects and/or services directed at any age group. Applicants may propose to initiate a new, creative program or service or enhance one that they currently offer. All proposed projects must benefit people with autism or their families, directly or indirectly. Funds may be used to hire a trainer to present a workshop, buy program materials, pay for staff coverage, etc., so long as these expenses further the library’s ability to serve people with autism through the proposed initiative. Click HERE, to see the previous grant winners and funded projects.
- Applications will be accepted starting: Monday, September 2, 2019
- The application deadline: Monday, December 2, 2019
- The winning applicant(s) will be notified by: Monday, March 2, 2020
- The grant-funding period: April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021
SELECTION CRITERIA – Each application must show evidence of:
- A clear, well-planned and organized description of the project.
- Significant potential impact.
- Institutional support.
- People with autism, family members or other community stakeholders who are involved in the project development and/or its implementation.
- A project that can be replicated in other communities.
- An understanding of the needs of people with autism and/or best practices in working with this population.
- A sustainability/continuation plan of the service or program after the end of the grant period.
- The need for outside funding to execute the project.
The 2020-2021 grant forms can be downloaded at the three linked headings below:
- The Application – All questions must be answered, unless they are marked “optional”
- The Sample Budget Sheet – All budget items must also be included in the grant narrative
- The Report Guidelines – Applications, budget sheets, institutional letters of support and other supporting documentation must be submitted as email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org