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Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant

Grants to USA Community Organizations and Libraries
for Storytelling Programs for Native Populations

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Indian Library Association (AILA) and Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)

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Grants of $750 to USA and Territories community organizations and libraries serving Asian Pacific American and American Indian or Alaska Native families and children for storytelling programs. The literacy program explores and celebrates these cultures through oral traditions, books, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.

Selection is based upon creativity and originality of the implementation of the Talk Story program, accuracy in portrayal of APA or AIAN cultures, and financial need. Selection will also be based upon involvement of the library, community, and community organizations as participants, leaders, and promoters of the proposed Talk Story program.

Funds may be used to purchase library materials such as books, audiovisual materials, supplies for activities and crafts, programming costs such as hiring a storyteller, etc.
- At least 25% of funds must be used for library materials.
- Funds must be used to support at least one Asian Pacific American or one American Indian or Alaskan Native themed program for children and their families at the institution that receives the grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173301

Number of Grants:

Grants Offered: 4 total; 2 by each organization

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amount: $750

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: May 1, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Libraries and community organizations that serve APA and/or AIAN children and their families are eligible to apply. The Project encourages libraries and community organizations to work together on a Talk Story program. With the exception of cross-border tribal organizations, all organizations must be based in the United States or US territories.

Organizations who have previously been awarded two Talk Story grants are ineligible for additional awards.

No more than 10% of funds may be used for refreshments and decorations.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline and Application:
Applications must be received by Monday, April 1, 2019.
Awards will be announced by Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

You may apply for either an APALA grant or an AILA grant. You may not apply to both organizations.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Return applications for Asian Pacific American themed programs to the APALA Talk Story Chair:
via Email at
or USPS at:
Attn: Camden Kimura
Rinconada Library
1213 Newell Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Return applications for American Indian/Native Alaskan themed programs to the AILA Talk Story chair:
via Email at
or USPS at:
Liana Juliano
12116 Hallwood Dr.
El Monte, CA 91732

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)