Grants Opportunities


Folett Challenge

Deadline: January 4, 2013

"The CHALLENGE is an opportunity for educators to help promote their programs that teach the 21st century skills students need in order to be prepared for life after high school - no matter whether they go to college or enter the job market. Educators who are designing programs that develop critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration between students and among educators are invited to apply. Applicants must complete the entire online application and then produce and submit a 3-to-5 minute video describing the program."

The online application and information concerning the production and submission of a 3 to 5 minute video are available at:



USA Today in the classroom

Deadline: First come, first served

USA TODAY Education is offering teachers free classroom subscriptions to the electronic (digital) edition of USA TODAY. Grants are awarded on a first come, first serve basis.



Carnegie-Whitney Grant

Deadline: November 1, 2013

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants of up to $5,000 for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States.



ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant

Deadline: December 1, 2013

The Association for Library Services to Children and Candlewick Press offer the "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" grant, created to honor Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.



Technology grants for your local public library - still time and opportunities to apply!

Over the past year or so, there has been an exciting collaboration between the South Dakota State Library and the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications (BIT). You might recall the recession of 2008 and the rush of federal programs passed to "stimulate" the economy. One such program was part of the federal Department of Commerce's National Telecommunication and Information Administration's (NTIA) State Broadband Initiative (SBI). This initiative specifically targeted "community anchor institutions" and sought, as its goal, to strengthen and expand local broadband and technology improvements.

Did you know that the federal government has named "public libraries" as a "community anchor institution" on par with police, fire departments, hospitals, local churches and schools among others? Did you realize public libraries are considered that important? It is because these public entities are stable, necessary institutions that have enduring qualities. They add value to local communities as well as stability and permanency. Check out the national goals and action items on and

The South Dakota Broadband Initiative is under the umbrella of the South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications. The first three rounds of this grant resulted in 59 grants; 17 (29%) were awarded to South Dakota public libraries! This has amounted to a cash value of $92,742.11 for our local public libraries' technology needs. This does not include many schools which applied for and received funding, thus indirectly benefiting their school libraries. Funds were used to install firewalls (cyber security) to protect computers, network switches to ensure uptime and stability as well as increase network speeds and performance, wireless equipment for mobile connectivity and increased performance, and new and additional laptops and desktops to provide increased access to broadband services.

Here is a list of the seventeen participating South Dakota public libraries. Feel free to give any of your neighbors a call and ask them about the process. I believe all would tell you it was fairly simple as grant applications go, seamless and extremely helpful. And besides the new computers, equipment or broadband added, a full assessment of the unique technology needs is outlined in a report to the library board and community leaders.

  • Beresford Public Library
  • Leola Public Library
  • Sturgis Public Library
  • Potter County Library (Gettysburg)
  • Madison Public Library
  • Haakon County Public Library (Philip)
  • Brookings Public Library
  • Dorothee Pike Memorial Library (Lake Preston)
  • Jackson County Public Library
  • Dakota Club Library (Eagle Butte)
  • Gregory Public Library
  • Hot Springs Public Library
  • Hill City Public Library
  • Rapid City Public Library
  • Vermillion Public Library
  • Wall Community Library
  • Whitewood Public Library
"The projects funded through these grants will provide a wide variety of technology improvements and expansions across South Dakota to key Community Anchor Institutions," said Jim Edman, Acting Commissioner for the state Bureau of Information and Telecommunications and Project Manager for the State Broadband Initiative. "We are excited that these communities continue to invest, improve and expand their computer infrastructure. By doing so they increase broadband services, usage and adoption; which is a key goal for the State Broadband Initiative."

The South Dakota Broadband Initiative Technology Planning team will assist the library staff and their technology partners with the implementation of the equipment into their infrastructure. The Technology Planning and Computer Ownership program is one segment of the overall South Dakota Broadband Initiative. The primary purpose is to provide libraries with technology consulting and solutions pertaining to their technical infrastructure and broadband connectivity. Eligible institutions include libraries, medical and healthcare facilities, K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, public safety offices, government and tribal offices, and community support locations. The grant requires a 20 percent matching investment from the participating community.

The deadline for round four of grant applications was August 9, 2013. Only three additional public libraries applied. Come on you guys - this is a wonderful opportunity! Please give this grant serious consideration. Round 5 is now open; the deadline has not been announced. It will close sometime later this fall, 2013. However, round 5 will NOT be the last round of technology grant as we previously shared. BIT has recently announced that there will be at least two additional rounds of grant applications in 2014. If you have any questions or concerns, give us a call or contact one of the awardees.

The purpose of the South Dakota Broadband Initiative (SDBI) is to inventory, enhance and increase the adoption of high-speed broadband. The SD State Library stands ready to assist and advise as well. If interested give us a call at 1-800-423-6667.

Visit, email, or, call 605-773-4165 for more information. Ask for Jamie Frye or Andy Ogan.






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