ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund

The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) has established the Library Book Selection Service (LBSS) Endowment Fund after accepting the LBSS assets.

Trustees of the LBSS Endowment Fund have set up grant opportunities for both public and private schools as well as public libraries participating in at least one of the Illinois Readers' Choice Award programs - the Monarch, Bluestem, Rebecca Caudill, or Abraham Lincoln Award. Those libraries interested may apply for a complete set of titles in one appropriate level.

In August of 2012 the LBSS Endowment Fund Board established a second grant to provide non-fiction materials to assist in meeting Common Core expectations for school libraries. These Read for Information grants are awarded each fall.

We are so excited about the chance to reach the children of Illinois and continue to promote reading in Illinois!



The application period for the Read for Information Grant funded by the ISLMA/LBSS Endowment Fund is now open!! The $1500 nonfiction grant will be awarded to at least 20 school librarians doing a collaborative curriculum project with one or more staff members. The deadline for the grant application is September 15, 2017. Be sure to read the rubric, checklist and FAQs!

Readers' Choice Grant Application

Offered in Spring

To make your grant application more successful please visit each of the following pages for helpful guidelines in writing your grant.

All application forms must be submitted online by 11:59 pm (CST) on April 30, 2017.

- Register for the appropriate 2017 award between March 15 and April 30, 2017.
- Submit application by the April 30, 2017 deadline.
- Expect to be notified by August 1, 2017.
- Watch for delivery of books after August 1.


Read for Information Grant Application

Offered in Fall

This grant was created to show the importance of "literary nonfiction" in the new Common Core Standards that will be in effect in the next few years. As priorities change in building our collections, this means we'll need to buy more informational texts.

To make your grant application more successful please visit each of the following pages for helpful guidelines in writing your grant.

To aid in answering the essay questions you may want to visit I-SAIL with the Common Core Standards.

- Begin planning your collaborative project the second semester of the current school year for the upcoming school year.
- Submit application by Sept. 15.
- Look for notification of winners before the end of September.
- Notify the board of your vendor choice and have funds encumbered by November 15.
- Order materials as soon as possible after notification.
- File final report by May 1.

Date Modified: 8/7/17