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Grants for Public Libraries

Information on LSTA grants and other funding opportunities.

Other Sources of Grant Funding

Below are some places to look for current grant funding opportunities. At the end is a Powerpoint Presentation about how to search for and write grant applications in general.

Maryland State grants

Maryland Foundation grants

Baltimore Community Foundation

France-Merrick Foundation

Federal grants
If you sort by the date at, you can see there are not many new grant opportunities related to libraries.

Weinberg Foundation
For a public library to be eligible they would have to partner with a non-profit with a 501c3.

Gates Foundation
The Gates Foundation has become more like the MacArthur Awards in that the staff of the Gates Foundation identifies worthy grantees. So it’s more like the grants are awarded and not applied for…

Governor's Grant Office
The Governor's Grant Office does not grant awards. They act as a grant resource of current opportunities locally and nationally.

The Robert Deutsch Foundation
This Baltimore-based Robert Deutsch Foundation nonprofit helped to fund the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wash and Learn Program. According to a representative from the organization, the average grant amounts are from $5,000-$25,000.

Grant Finding and Writing

Grant Finding and Writing
This is a PowerPoint presentation that I gave in Fall 2020 at the Maryland Library Association Conference. 

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.