How-To Information for Storytellers
Any Northlands Storytelling Network member may apply for a grant or loan, up to $1000, which must be consistent with Northlands goals. Events and projects can:
Three separate grant programs are offered to FSA members and StoryGroups, including:
Look up your state's organizations since they may offer grants:
Historical commission or preservation sites may include information about grants, applications and tax incentive programs, publications, reports, maps, photographs, and information about the National Register and Historic Landmarks programs.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), a Federal source of library funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services
In keeping with IMLS's mission of working with museums and libraries to connect people to information and ideas, their grant programs are designed to help these institutions sustain cultural heritage, enhance learning and innovation, and build professional capacity.
Their grant programs include:
Recent storytelling grants:
Metrowest LSTA Grant: After School Storytelling Club, October 2005-September 2007, Waltham, MA
The After School Storytelling Club Grant is an after-school program will fund a “training the trainer” program for up to 20 Metrowest MA Regional Library System member libraries to have a youth services librarian trained in storytelling and teaching storytelling on site.
The trained librarians will train up to 32 middle school students in storytelling through up to 2 sessions of “After School Storytelling Club,” a 6-week after-school program at their facilities. Each 6-week program will include learning how to create, select and tell stories, seeing a professional storyteller perform and planning a storytelling program for K-4 age children. Members of the After School Storytelling Club members who attend 5 of 6 sessions “graduate” and are eligible to participate in a final program or do storytelling in the community (members over age 14 only).
The two year program trains library staff, builds developmental assets of teens, provides a service learning opportunity, and fills the role of library as community place and cultural center.
Museums Utilizing Storytelling in Education (MUSE): A Collaborative Community Project, 2004-2006, Fort Worth, TX
The sky’s the limit! Connect your community through one big partnership using storytelling. The innovative MUSE project served 10 schools, the library and five museums, while helping students and docents write and tell Texas history stories. Financed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and community in-kind donations, MUSE provided far-reaching benefits for all involved. Leave energized with groundbreaking ideas on how to replicate all or parts of this program in your area.
Through the Grants to States program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services provides funds to State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs) using a population-based formula. State libraries may use the appropriation to support statewide initiatives and services. They also may distribute the funds through subgrant competitions or cooperative agreements to public, academic, research, school, and special libraries in their state.
For more information on how State Program funds are put to work in your state, contact your State Library Agency. Contact information for the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLAs), as well as links to State Library Agency Web sites, see www.imls.gov/programs/libraries.shtm .
The Foundation Center is the most authoritative source of information on private philanthropy in the United States. They help grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy.
Many grants are listed across the curriculum.
Scroll down to "Sponsorships and Other Support" to find out about Office Depot's grant programs to nonprogit organizations. Their criteria are:
Target's community giving includes Arts Grants. These grants are awarded to programs that bring the arts to schools or make it affordable for families to participate in cultural experiences. Please visit again between March 1 and May 31, 2008 to apply for a grant.
Grants are available for both for creation and production of spoken word and storytelling projects, as well as for festivals and performance series. Applicants, as well as the majority of participants in the grant-supported activities, must be Canadian citizens or have permanent resident status. Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000, depending on the nature of the project. Requests for the higher amounts are very competitive: for amounts higher than $15,000, priority is given to projects involving artists with a significant profile.
Other Sources of Information about Grants
* Note: we gratefully acknowledge that storyteller Faye Hanson of Little Rock. AR, contributed a significant portion of the information on this page.
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