Library Impact Grants
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.
Current Institutional Members and Affiliate-Candidate Libraries
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
- Connecting members for networking and idea-sharing related to marketing, promotion, and advocacy
Applicants must submit an application that 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 complete an Atla Library Impact Grants Reporting Form within one month after the event occurs. 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 (Atla Annual, webinar, Regional Group meeting, etc.). Atla encourages award winners 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.
Applications can be submitted through the My Atla web portal. You will need to log into My Atla and select the Grants – Institutions and Groups tab.
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 three grants will be awarded during the first six 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.
Applicants will be asked to respond to the following questions:
- Title of Proposed Program
- Program Overview: Include a description of the format, basic context, and location
- Goals and Objectives: What are you trying to improve or enhance? Who is the intended audience?
- Outcomes: What will be accomplished?
- Measures: What will you track or report to measure success?
- Proposed Date or Timeline
- Budget Overview: Provide a detailed list of expenditures, including any grant funds and funds your institution will contribute. Specify if you are requesting a one or two-day visit.
- Amount of Funding Requested: Atla institutional members can apply for a grant of up to $1,000.
Contact Member Programs for more information.
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