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Youth Grants for Excellence - 2016

Introduction to the Grants Program

What is the Youth Grants for Excellence Program?
The Nebraska Library Commission has made funding available specifically for innovative projects for children and young adults in accredited public libraries and state-run institutional libraries in Nebraska. The program is designed to encourage creative thinking, risk-taking and new approaches to address problems and needs of children and young adults in your community. Grant awards enable youth librarians to begin needed programs and try projects which they have been unable to undertake. The grants also offer an opportunity to expand youth service capabilities in new and different directions. It is also expected that the funding will provide a foundation for ongoing rather than one-time services, which can be continued with community support or through a reallocation of library funds.

If you have questions about what is involved with the youth grants, visit the FAQ.

Once again this year there are two different application forms. For projects requesting $250 - $1,000 in grant funds use the abbreviated, or short, form (see below). For projects requesting more than $1,000 use the longer form (see below). Please be sure to use the correct form for your project.

When is the grant application due?
October 5, 2016
. Applications must be received by the Nebraska Library Commission submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. CT on October 5, 2016. Faxes and U.S. mail will not be accepted. You will be notified by November 16, 2016 if you are awarded a grant. The signature page and print support materials (e.g., catalog page or computer printout displaying item intended for purchase, list of books and/or materials for purchase, estimates from suppliers, letters from project partners, etc.) may be submitted during the week following the due date.

Who is eligible to apply?
Any children's librarian, young adult librarian, or adult librarian (in an accredited public library or a state-run institutional library) in charge of children's or young adult services  may apply. Schools, service agencies, and/or organizations may be involved through collaborative planning and programming, thus receiving benefit from this project. Please note that before applying for a Youth Grant for Excellence, if the entity has unresolved issues with any previous Commission grant projects, it will not be eligible to apply.

How much money may we apply for?
Applicants are encouraged to apply for the amount required to implement their ideas successfully. The minimum amount that will be awarded per grant is $250. The grants require a 25% match of the requested amount (see Matching Funds below for details). The $250 minimum grant amount plus the required 25% local match ($63) combine for $313 as the lowest total project amount for a Youth Grant for Excellence. Use the Project Budget Form at the end of the application form to estimate the amount you will need and to itemize specific expenses. You are advised to be as precise and detailed as possible. (There are more requirements for the Matching Funds, see below.)

Matching Funds
The required Matching Funds are explained here.

What will not be allowed with the Youth Grants for Excellence?
Details of what is not allowed can be found here.

What is required with the Youth Grants for Excellence?

  • A brief statement of the need for the project: Why did you decide to do this project?
  • Details about what you plan to do and how.
  • Each grant project must have at least one program (an event designed for the project, attended by youth, and usually held in the library) for the youth of your community to attend. If you are planning more than one program it will enhance your application.
  • Information about how you will determine the success of the project.
  • Please also look through the Criteria for Grant Awards.

Where can I find help to write my grant application?
For general information, contact Sally Snyder at the Library Commission, email, phone: 800-307-2665 or 402-471-4003. For more information go here.

When is the report due?
The Youth Grants Final-Project Report Form is due September 20, 2017.

What kind of projects will be eligible for the Youth Grants for Excellence?
A list of project categories is included here.

Criteria for Grant Awards
The criteria are explained here.

* Please note that before anyone can apply for a Youth Grant for Excellence, if the entity has unresolved issues with any previous Commission grant projects, it will not be eligible to apply.

Acknowledgement

All grant recipients are required to acknowledge the State of Nebraska and the Nebraska Library Commission when undertaking and promoting grant-supported activities. Any announcements, public relations pieces, or other communication about the project must use the following statement: "This program is sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission and funded in part with state funds allocated through the Nebraska Legislature."

Exemplary Sample Applications from past Youth Grants for Excellence

Please address any questions, comments, or suggestions to:

Sally Snyder
Nebraska Library Commission
The Atrium
1200 N Street, Suite 120
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508-2023

Phone: 800-307-2665 or 402-471-4003
E-mail: Sally Snyder

Applications and support materials must be received by the Nebraska Library Commission submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. CDT on October 5, 2016. Faxes and U.S. mail will not be accepted. You will be notified by November 16, 2016 if you are awarded a grant. The signature page and print support materials (e.g., catalog page or computer printout displaying item intended for purchase, list of books and/or materials for purchase, estimates from suppliers, letters from project partners, etc.) may be submitted during the week following the due date.

This project was supported in part by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provision of the Library Services and Technology Act, and/or state funding appropriated by the Nebraska legislature, granted and administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.


Introduction to the Youth Grants Program Index for Youth Grant Pages

Dates for Youth Grants for Excellence


Youth Grants for Excellence Recipients Final-Project Report Form:

  • Youth Grants Final-Project Report Form (Word version) (PDF version) Due September 20, 2017 for 2016 Youth Grant Recipients

  • Youth Grants Final-Project Report Form (Word version) (PDF version) Due September 15, 2016 for 2015 Youth Grant Recipients

 

Grant Recipients Database (includes Children's Grants for Excellence 1998-2003 and Youth Grants for Excellence 2004-)