Founded in June 2007, Prairielands, in conjunction with the Pioneerland and Plum Creek Library Systems, began to provide coordinated and cooperative support for healthy young adults throughout the region. A team of like-minded individuals dedicated to encouraging the young adult services in our area were invited to be part of this new initiative, and Teen Co-Op Steering Committee was born.
Now, most often simply called the Teen Co-Op, it’s offerings include two Teen Grants that support programming for teens.
Prairielands also offers numerous grant opportunities throughout the year with the goal of bridging partnerships, community, patron outreach, and collaboration within all of the library types we serve within the region, including public libraries, post-secondary academic libraries, school libraries, and museums/special type libraries. Some of these grants are recurring each year, while others are specific to the current year.
Coming Soon: Innovative Marketing GrantAvailable October 16th: Supporting member libraries in developing new and innovative ways of promoting library services in their local community.
Funds are designated to support member libraries in enhancing services to their patrons with disabilities, up to $500. An eligible expense under this grant might include decisions about expanding or creating collections, offering technology that improves the patron experience, designing or improving a physical object or space, and managing the library’s on line presence to be accessible and inclusive.
College Libraries Creating Connections
College and university libraries in the Prairielands region may apply for funds to create events, plan programs, purchase physical items or create marketing materials that will encourage students to connect with the library.
Assisting member libraries offer crafting activities to connect them with patrons and to expose patrons to Creativebug, the online crafting platform provided by Prairielands Library Exchange for all public libraries in the PLE region.
Prairieland’s Author Grant helps partnering school and public libraries host an author visit. Originally limited to YA authors, the partners can invite authors to speak and/or conduct writing workshops at each library. Grant of up to $1,000 will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants may apply only once per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
Logo to include in advertising per Prairielands Grant Guidelines
The libraries receiving grants will be required to complete an evaluation form that will be provided online. The evaluation will include a final description of the program, the number of participants at activities; age range of participants; stories and feedback from participants, parents & staff to show the benefit of the program.
Reimbursement forms for all grants are attached to approval letters.
*All grants reimburse grantees for expenses related to the grant. An eligible expense under might include performer/author costs; refreshments, supplies for activities, incentives, etc. Paid receipts will be required. Check with Prairielands for expenses that differ from these examples.