Read For Information Grant FAQ's

1. Who is eligible for this grant?
This grant is available to school libraries only. The school librarian must be a current member of ISLMA. Grant recipients will be ineligible to apply for another Read for Information Grant for one year.

2. What does the grant provide?
Depending upon the funding and the number of qualified applications, the endowment anticipates giving 20 grants each year for non-fiction materials totaling not more than $1,500 from one of the approved vendors.

3. Are there any restrictions to the type of purchases a recipient makes?
Non-fiction materials may include print, electronic or audio formats. However, subscription materials and equipment do not qualify. Also, funds should be spent on no more than two copies of any title purchased.

4. When is the application deadline?
All applications must be submitted by midnight September 15.

5. How and when will I know if I will receive a grant?
Recipients will receive a congratulatory letter and a list of the recipients will be posted onto the website in early November. The recipients will be announced at the annual conference at the end of October.

6. How do I submit the application?
The application is completely online. Please print out the guidelines checklist to refer to while filling out the application.

7. Can you give me any tips about answering the three essay questions on the application?
Refer to the rubric since this gives you an idea of what the grant reviewers will be looking for as they score your application. Give as much detail as you can to make your case. Remember these grants will be very competitive.

8. What is an acceptable project?
The ISLMA/LBSS board realizes that with the requirements of CCSS for more close reading of informational texts and the increasing budget cuts of most school districts, the media centers are in dire need of more nonfiction titles and do not have the funds to purchase them. However, merely stating this fact does not constitute a project. While one can certainly state the need for the grant, the applicant must still have a project with planned activities (similar to a unit of study or a reading program), one which requires the collaboration of the classroom teaching staff with the librarian. Successful projects will define the specific roles played by library personnel, classroom teachers, students, and other stakeholders involved. Projects must have clearly identified objectives and activities. When addressing standards, make sure that you tell how these standards apply to your project. Also, identifying areas of the nonfiction collection that are outdated and giving statistics on the age of the collection does not constitute a project--this merely states the need for updated resources. The project should describe the way in which those updated materials will be used within the project.

9. Are there any additional expectations for the grant applicants?
Each recipient must follow the procedures listed in the congratulatory letter, e.g. informing the board of vendor choice and encumbrance of funds by November 15. If funds are not encumbered by this date, the grant will be rescinded. Each winner must submit a final report summarizing the project by May 1. Winners will be encouraged to participate in a panel discussion during a session at the next ISLMA conference and may be asked to share the results of their grant project in an article for the newsletter. Recipients may be asked to submit photos or lists of titles to the association. Failure to submit a final report will result in being ineligible for future ISLMA/LBSS Endowment grants.

10. Do the libraries have to pay for the books and wait for reimbursement from LBSS?
The recipients will receive a letter detailing the ordering process. No bill will be sent to the school district. All participating vendors have agreed to invoice LBSS directly.

11. How can I get more information?
Send an email to execsecretary@islma.org or call 309-341-1099.

Date Modified: 9/26/17