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The Virginia Hamilton Conference Creative Outreach Grants

The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth celebrates its 35th anniversary on April 30th at Kent State University.  The Conference is the longest running event in the country that focuses exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults.

Besides offering workshops on a myriad of topics, the Conference offers several awards, including the Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians.  The application deadline is February 28th, and you or a colleague may be eligible.

Each year, two $1000 grants are awarded—one to a K-12 teacher and another to a school or public librarian.  According to the Conference website, criteria for a proposal includes a program that:

  • Promotes awareness of multicultural themes and issues through outstanding literature;
  • Illustrates the use of exemplary multicultural literature, particularly but not exclusively the works of Virginia Hamilton;
  • Demonstrates effective organization, methods and/or library service;
  • Includes a plan for documenting the development of the program throughout the grant period.

You can find the grant application here, and a link to a list of past grant winners at this click.  Good luck!


This post covers the Core Competency of Outreach and Advocacy.

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