Margaret Edwards Literacies Programming Grant
  • Margaret Edwards Literacies Programming Grant

    This grant awards $5,000 for a library to use towards improving or expanding the services and programs it provides to help teens master text-based literacies. Funds may be used to provide new or support on-going successful programs. All personal YALSA members who represent a public library or school library are eligible to apply. Up to five grants will be awarded in 2015.

    Successful applicants will address teen needs beyond traditional print reading comprehension and be inclusive of activities that help teens build skillls to successfully navigate text-based literacies in both a print and an online world. Appropriate activities include but are not limited to navigating nonlinear text, repeatedly evaluating resources, sifting through extraneous materials, inferring meaning, and using a range of features to compose unified messages. Potential applicants can visit YALSA's wiki to learn more about multiple literacies.

    All applicants must be current personal members of ALA/YALSA at the time the application is submitted. Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2015. Each essay portion of the application below allows for up to 350 words.
  • Criteria

    Each application will be judged on the basis of:
    1. The degree of the library's need for funding to support text-based literacies programming.
    2. The effectiveness of the community assessment done to determine teen needs.
    3. The strength of the plan to enhance existing or create new literacies programming.
    4. The impact this grant will bring to the teens in the library's community, especially disadvantaged youth.
    5. The degree to which the plan supports the principles in The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action report.
    6. The degree to which the program for which the library is seeking funding aligns with YALSA's Teen Programming Guidelines.

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  • Description Statement

    Please respond to the below statements. PLEASE NOTE there is a 350 word limit for each of your answers. If you go over that word limit, your grant application will not submit!