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Friday, July 17, 2015

Grant Opportunity

For those of you near a WalMart:

The Walmart Foundation is accepting applications through its Community Grant Program.
Through the annual program, grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to  local nonprofit organization serving residents within the service area of individual Walmart stores. Grants will be awarded in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and/or career opportunities.

To be eligible, an organization must be tax exempt s under sections 501(c)(3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code;  a recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;  a K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or a church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the Walmart Foundation website.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Family Literacy Grant Opportunity

The Florida Humanities Council is currently accepting applications from public libraries interested in hosting PrimeTime Family Reading Time (

PrimeTime is a free, six-week reading and discussion program that targets underserved families. Led by trained discussion leaders and storytellers, the program utilizes award-winning children’s books to relate literature to real-life and personal experiences.

Libraries may apply for up to $10,000 in funding to host three six-week programs over a two-year period. Funding up to $2,000 is also available for single six-week series at sites that have previously hosted PrimeTime.

Applications will be accepted through August 31 for programming to begin in 2016.

Interested libraries should visit the FHC website at for more information and application materials as well as contact me directly before starting an application.

 Patricia Putman, Associate Director
Florida Humanities Council
599 2nd Street South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5005
ph: 727-873-2004


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

Free Courses to Help You Teach Digital Literacy

Digital Learn is posting new courses on the site regularly. Here is the first posting. All courses are free and  libraries and other tech organizations use them to teach their students. Here are the top ten courses out of  thirty on the site.

  1. Facebook:
  2. Netflix: 
  3. Skype:
  4. Twitter:
  5. Google Search:
  6. WedMD:
  7. Ancestry:
  8. Google Maps (including Google Earth):
  9. Amazon:
  10. Etsy:

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pilot for Adult Literacy and Libraries - Stipend $5,000 Apply by July 12

Adult Literacy and Libraries Pilot -- $5,000 stipend available
I just learned about this opportunity to be one of three pilots on adult literacy and libraries by the Institute for Museum and Libraries Services(IMLS). Apply by midnight, July 12.

For more information about this and literacy in libraries, contact Sandy Newell,


Monday, July 6, 2015

Literacy Grants

It is not too early to start planning for applying for grants this coming year. VALF will be advertising another grant round, and  the next cycle for Dollar General Grants for adult literacy will have applications available January 2016

If you want help in applying for a grant, contact

We will help you develop ideas and read drafts and advise you on how to make them more competitive.