If you are wondering if your project would be a good fit for the Light the Way Grant you are not alone. I am going to share a bit about some of our most recent winners and a few pointers on what we look for when we are reviewing applications to help you create a successful application.
What are we looking for?
- Unique & innovative programs
- Specific details about the population and its needs
- Thorough details about the proposed program with clear explanations of how the program fills the population’s needs in a way that isn’t currently being met
- Project coordinator has made community partnerships, but those partnerships only partially fill a need; we are looking for a demonstration of efforts to connect with others in the community in order to expand services
- Very specific timeline and budget
A Few of Our Amazing Winners:
New Carrollton Library, Literacy & Library Skills for Refugee Families
Meisywe at New Carrollton Library created a mobile early literacy program for refugee families at a local apartment complex. She had been offering weekly storytimes and play time with a dual focus. She wanted to create a fun play based program for children but she also wanted to provide a time for parents to learn English through the Rosetta Stone software. Meisywe’s program was already established and she was able to share statistics about the impact it was having on her community. She applied for the grant to double the capacity of her program.
J. Lewis Crozer Library and Middletown Free Library, MakerSpace Outreach and Programming Using Music
The Crozer and Middletown Libraries’ had a shared goal of expanding outreach and programming offerings for young people in juvenile detention centers. They decided to create mobile Makerspaces to take with them into the three juvenile detentions centers in their area. They already had some access to these youth through a writing program that had previously been housed at the Crozer Library. They hoped the students would learn how to express themselves through creative maker projects with a focus on music creation. They applied for the grant so they could purchase hardware and software to use in the detention centers.
Bezhigoogahbow Library (Leech Lake Tribal College), Agindaasodaa! (Let’s Read)
Agindaasodaa! is a culturally responsive literacy outreach to children birth to four, and to young caregivers under 25 living on the Leech Lake Reservation. The program has three primary goals: help children develop early literacy skills; help young caregivers embrace literacy in their own children’s lives; and most importantly, help preserve the native Ojibwe language. The Bezhigoogahbow Library applied for the grant to fund the creation and printing of a board book in Ojibwe that would be used within their outreach efforts.
Read a blog about our most current winner here!
Are you ready to apply? Head on over to the online application!
Erin Lovelace is a children’s librarian in Henrico, VA and the co-chair for Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers. She loves reading, snuggling her toddler and exploring the outside world together.