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Children’s Book Project Grant

In-Kind Grants to USA Public and Tribal Libraries in
Rural Areas for New Children's Books

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Pilcrow Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 Postmarked


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In-kind grants valued at $400 to $800 to USA public libraries and tribal libraries in rural areas to acquire brand new, high quality, hardcover children's books. Recipients will be able to choose which books are best suited for their community from a list of over 500 books, including award-winning and star-reviewed titles from educational and literary organizations.

The booklist provided by The Pilcrow Foundation is divided into two groups based on recommended age and grade levels. Books in Group 1 are for emergent and beginning readers (birth to age 7; preschool to grade 2). Books in Group 2 are for middle and intermediate readers (ages 7 to 12; grades 2 to 6).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178554

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation provides a 2-to-1 match of $400 to $800 to libraries that contribute $200-$400 from local sponsors.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Pilcrow Foundation accepts applications from independent rural public libraries and Native American Tribal libraries as well as libraries that are part of a county, regional, or cooperative system.

A branch library may apply if it serves a rural community. If the branch library receives its funding from a parent institution, the parent institution’s total operating budget, not just the branch library’s total operating budget, must demonstrate budgetary limitations.

The Pilcrow Foundation accepts applications from school libraries only if the school library also serves as the community’s public library (i.e., it is open to the entire community; has summer hours; is open beyond the school day, including Saturdays; there is no public library in town) and meets the budgetary and rural requirements.

To qualify for the grant, libraries must be located in a rural area within the 50 United States, have a limited operating budget, have an active children’s department, and raise $200-$400 through a local sponsor. Libraries with total operating budgets of less than $50,000 will receive funding priority; however, town libraries with total operating budgets over $150,000 may also apply for grants.

Definition of Rural Area: A rural community is typically more than 40 miles from an urban area (population over 50,000) and not a part of a metropolitan area. A rural town library system should serve a population under 10,000 (priority to community populations under 5,000). A rural county library system should serve a population under 20,000.

The Pilcrow Foundation does not offer grants to libraries outside of the 50 United States, libraries in urban or metropolitan areas, or libraries with substantial operating budgets. Do not apply if your library is not located within the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

Annual application deadlines for grant cycles are 1 April and 1 October (postmark date). All applications must be submitted to the Foundation by mail. The Foundation does not accept electronic or faxed applications.

Grants will be awarded and grant recipients will be posted on the Foundation website by 15 April and 15 October. Acceptance packets will be mailed within 10-15 days after the Children’s Book Project grant recipients are announced on the website. The Foundation is not able to notify librarians who did not receive a grant.

The Pilcrow Foundation provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and that contribute $200-$400 through local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books. Grant recipients select children's books from a book list provided by the Foundation.

Grant recipients who have fulfilled all grant funding requirements may apply for another grant three years after the receipt of their previous grant.

Contact Information:

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

Send applications to:

The Pilcrow Foundation
343 E. Washington Avenue
Cottage Grove, OR 97424

Tel. 541-767-3604

For questions, please contact Karren Timmermans, Director (

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