RAILS Multitype Collaborative Grant Application

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We offer grants to encourage libraries of different types (academic, public, school, and special) to work together on collaborative projects.  Each grant project must include at least two different types of libraries.

Participating libraries can choose to try new projects with existing partners or to create new partnerships that benefit their communities.  We encourage applicants to think outside the box, and to propose projects that will leverage the strengths of each institution to address a particular need. 

We will award a limited number of grants ($2500 maximum per grant) and make award determinations based on the availability of funding, the strength of individual applications, and the following priorities:

  • Innovative projects
  • New projects and new partnerships
  • Projects that can be replicated
  • Demonstrated impact to a shared community
  • Sustainability beyond the specific grant program or activity

The following are our priority funding areas for FY2018. Other projects will be considered as funding allows.

  • Access to information to unserved and/or underserved Illinois residents
  • Design Thinking
  • Evaluation of Services
  • Expanding Resource Sharing
  • News Literacy
  • Online safety/security/privacy
  • Self-publishing

In addition to these funding priorities, we'll make every effort to award grants to applicants that reflect our diverse membership – supporting projects throughout our entire service area and libraries with differing budgets and diverse communities.

Application Deadlines

For Fiscal Year 2018, there will be two award periods.  The application deadline dates are:

  • Award Period 1: November 17, 2017
  • Award Period 2: April 20, 2018

If you have questions about this grant offering, contact Debbie Baaske, Member Engagement Manager, at 630-734-5152, debbie.baaske@railslibraries.info or Joe Filapek, Consulting and Continuing Education Manager, at 630-734-5132, joseph.filapek@railslibraries.info.

Before completing  the grant application, please review the requirements to ensure eligibility.