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Teen Grants*:

  • 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.

More information about Prairielands’ support for teen programming can be found on the Teen Resources page.


Author Grants*:

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 Prairielands Governing Board has designated funds to member libraries for a one-time purchase of craft supplies. The Board recognizes the unplanned but very popular shift to make-and-take crafts consumed supplies, and furthermore acknowledges that the expense of replacing these supplies can be prohibitive for many libraries. Member libraries may apply for up to $500 toward purchasing craft materials to use in programming for all ages.

Special Grants*:

Prairielands Craft Grant 

Prairielands grants have helped member libraries offer programming, materials, and technology not covered in library budgets. The focus of each Prairielands grant is determined through input from Prairielands staff, the Governing Board, and Member Council. Further input comes from the Teen Co-Op and the School Library Committee, as appropriate.

Academic Library Finals Week Grants*:

College and university libraries in the Prairielands area may apply for funds to provide stress-breakers for students studying for final exams during the last week of the semester.

*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.

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. Please use the Prairielands logo (at right) when promoting your teen programs. (Hold your cursor over the image, then right click, then click on “save image as” text, then choose a folder for the image.)