ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant

Do you have an innovative new program or service that requires funding? Are you looking to serve youth with disabilities in your community more inclusively?  The ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” Grant is a great opportunity for your library!

The Light the Way Grant was formed in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo. The spirit of the award honors the themes represented in her books.  The award itself consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done. Special population children may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who speak English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who live in foster care settings, those who are in the juvenile justice system, those who live in gay and lesbian families, those who have teen parents, and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs.  So, whether yours is a new idea or one that has already been put into place, your library would be eligible.  The ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee will select the winner and announce the winner at ALA's 2015 Midwinter Meeting.

Click here for access to this year's current grant application.  If you need ideas, be inspired by the impact and the work of the 2014 ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way” current grant winner.

Don't worry--there is still time to get your application in before the deadline of December 1, 2014.  Good luck!