2020 Community Relief Micro Grants
New Mexico Library Foundation
Grantees must submit an application for grant funds and a final report in accordance with the time frame outlined in the Project Description. For questions and further details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing donations to NMLF make these grants possible.
The NMLF grant process is competitive. The Foundation awards funding to approximately 20% of grant applicants in a typical year.
Grantees must submit an application for grant funds and a grantee final report in accordance with the time frame outlined in the Project Description.
Purpose & Scope
In order to assist New Mexico libraries disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic recession, and social justice issues, the New Mexico Library Foundation will provide relief funding of up to ten $500 micro grants for applications that demonstrate actions to lift-up and honor community voices, and care for communities. Priority will be given to a) libraries with small budgets, those lacking other funding sources for the project, b) Tribal libraries and/or Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) -serving libraries, and c) rural libraries. Successful applications will make clear connections between the community-relief, project activities, and budget.
Any New Mexico library may apply (public, academic, school, tribal, or special). Additionally, non-profit groups that directly benefit NM libraries may apply. Grant applications must clearly demonstrate that the libraries will benefit from these funds.
Need must be demonstrate relation to COVID-19, the economic recession, or the domestic social justice movement.
Amount awarded: $500.00
Support of $500 per library for a one-time grant.
- Applications Accepted October 1 – November 30, 2020.
- APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 30, 2020
- Funds will be distributed in December 2020.
- Project must be completed within the 2021 calendar year.
- Final grant reports will be due by January 1, 2022, and may be turned in early.
The list below includes examples but is not exhaustive. Other ideas are welcome.
- Expanding physical collections
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training for staff and volunteers
- Cultural programming
- Protective supplies (e.g., masks, touchless thermometers, etc.)
- Cleaning supplies (e.g., sanitizing wipes, cleaning solutions, professional cleaning service, etc.)
- Customer service and safety supplies (e.g., hand sanitizing station, supplies to support contactless services)
- Digital content, online learning, and virtual programs
- Activities to promote engagement during social distancing
- Short-term payments, such as an internet bill, due to the destabilizing effects of the coronavirus.
- Ongoing operating expenses
- Ongoing staff expenses
- Library Resources (funding priority): The library’s budget and staffing is small relative to the community they serve. $500 would allow them to achieve the proposed project they otherwise couldn’t.
- Communities on-the-margins (funding priority): The proposal is for a library that serves predominantly tribal, rural, marginalized and/or underserved communities.
- Challenge Statement: Describes a vivid and specific community challenge related to the grant focus areas: COVID-19 pandemic, the economic recession, and/or social justice issues.
- Project Description and Outputs: Describes a well-defined project with direct & immediate results that will meet the challenge. Outputs lift-up and honor community voices and/or care for communities.
- Feasibility: The project’s scope is manageable and can be completed within the grant year’s timeline. Personnel, project activities/ timeline, and budget expenditures align with the project description and
- Project Budget: Expenses are itemized, fully described, and rationalized. Funding request is appropriate for the scope of the work. NMLF contribution does not exceed $500.
- Clarity: The proposal overall demonstrates strong and clear support for the challenge statement. Budget and timeline are aligned to project description and outputs.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Awards are limited to $500.00. Grantees will be notified when grants have been awarded.
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