Library Impact Grants

ATLA Library Impact Grants are available to increase awareness of the importance and value of libraries serving theology and religious studies programs through communications and activities for faculty, administrators, staff, and students. ATLA Institutional Members can apply for a grant of up to $1,000 to create, plan, and implement programs that will have a lasting impact on the communities that ATLA members serve.

Eligibility

Current Institutional Members

Applications

Applicants need to complete the ATLA Library Impact Grant Application​ and submit the form via email to memberrep@atla.com.

Grant applications should be submitted at least two months before the beginning of the project. Up to five grants are available during the fiscal year (September-August). Applications will be reviewed by the Director of Member Programs on a rolling basis, and no more than 3 grants will be awarded during the first 6 months of the fiscal year (September-February). Libraries may not be awarded more than one grant per fiscal year and applicants will not be awarded a grant for the same, or nearly the same, project in two consecutive fiscal years.

Goals and Purposes

Have a great idea for how your library can engage with a certain segment of your community in a new way? Want to try out an idea for improving service at your library? Been thinking about a creative way to market your library and its services? Focused on advancing ATLA’s Organizational Ends, Library Impact Grants are designed to help professionals engaged in librarianship and scholarly communication in advocating and collaborating to advance scholarship in theological and religious disciplines.

ATLA member libraries are encouraged to create or expand their programming and services in innovative ways that directly impact the communities they serve, be it faculty, administrators, staff, students, or other constituents. The grant provides funding to create new or improve existing library programs or services.

Projects should focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Promoting the profession 

  • Marketing the library and its services 

  • C​onnecting members for networking and idea sharing related to marketing, promotion and advocacy

Applicants must submit an application which includes a program overview and a detailed project plan including objectives, intended outcomes, evaluation measures, timeline, and budget.

Report About the Events

Grant award recipients must submit a report to the Director of Member Programs (400 words minimum) within one month of the completion of the project. This should include a description of the project, its goals and objectives, the intended outcomes and how they were achieved, results of the evaluation measures, and an acknowledgement of funding.

The report should be suitable for publishing in the ATLA Newsletter and photographs or other visual elements are appreciated. Reports may also be published on the ATLA website or other social media and award winners may be asked to consider presenting their project at an ATLA event (Annual Conference, webinar, Regional Group meeting, etc.). ATLA encourages award winders to also present their projects at other associated conferences or meetings (white paper, poster session, workshop, etc.).

We ask that award winners share this information so that others can benefit from hearing about ideas and successes related to marketing, promotion, and advocacy at ATLA member libraries.

Contact

For further information or answers to questions, contact Member Programs at memberrep@atla.com.​​​​