2018 Summer Learning Program Grants

Courtesy of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will be giving out two types of grants.

The 2018 grant applications will be open come fall to both public and school libraries. Check back then for the application! Check out these great tips to prepare for your grant proposal!


Summer Learning Resources Grant

Teen Summer Intern Program Grant

Summer Learning Resources Grant


The Summer Learning Resources Grant will award $1,000 to each of 20 libraries in need with the purpose of helping them purchase resources to bolster their teen summer learning program. The program must support teens who speak English as a second language, teens in socio-economically challenged communities, and/or teens who are at risk of failing school.

Teen Summer Intern Grant

The Teen Summer Intern Grant helps teens build job skills while helping libraries implement their summer learning efforts!  Read this teen's blog post about her intern experience.  YALSA will award $1,000 to each of 20 libraries for the purpose of hiring summer teen interns to assist with summer reading activities. Through this grant project YALSA has also developed a Teen Intern Toolkit.
To determine if you are eligible, you must answer yes to the following questions:

  • Is your summer learning program administered through a library?
  • Is your program open to all teens in the community?
  • Do you work directly with teens?
  • Are you a personal member of YALSA
  • Is your library within 20 miles of a Dollar General store?

To apply, please visit the links above for each respective grant application. Applicants are required to complete and attach an itemized budget to their application. Please download the respective budget template below and upload it in the space provided in the online application form. 

Budget Templates

Summer Learning Resources Grant Budget Template

Teen Summer Intern Program Grant Budget Template

If you have any questions regarding the grant, please email Taylor Crossley at tcrossley@ala.org

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