[kids-lib] Books for Babies Kit matching grant opportunity

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Tue May 12 08:19:35 PDT 2009

Thinking about distributing New Baby Kits containing early literacy information, library card information, and a board book to new parents in your community, here is an opportunity to get started!

Books for Babies Kit grant opportunity: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/altaff/outreach/booksforbabies/matchinggrants.cfm
Kit contents: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/altaff/outreach/booksforbabies/kitcontents.cfm

In partnership with Nordstrom, ALTAFF will be granting 20 grants for $500 each to match $1,000 raised by selected Friends groups, women's groups, libraries, and other non-profit organizations for purchasing Books for Babies kits from ALTAFF. Grant recipients do not need to be members of ALTAFF. 

Here's how it works. Applicants agree to order a minimum of $1,500 worth of Books for Babies kits, of which ALTAFF will pay $500. Therefore, the minimum commitment from applicants is $1,000. Grants will be awarded in two cycles:

Cycle 2: Applications are due October 1, 2009. Recipients will be notified by October 15, and kits must be ordered by December 1, 2009.
Applicants not awarded grants in the first cycle may amend their applications and be reconsidered for the second grant cycle. Only one grant per organization.

Grants will be awarded to organizations that currently have a Books for Babies program in place as well as organizations starting a new Books for Babies program. Grant applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

Effective kit distribution plan. 
Effective use of the kits to connect new parents with their local library. 
Involvement of the local library. 
Effective publicity plan for their Books for Babies program.
Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us, 503-378-2528
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