This website has been developed to assist faculty and staff in the Henry Madden Library in finding external funding opportunities. Providing resources to help faculty locate an ideal funding opportunity is important because it welcomes faculty expertise into all stages of grant development. Note that this is merely a sampling of the funding resources in the library arena available for your convenience; this page will be updated on a regular basis, and we are happy to help you with searches.

Please contact Dan Griffin at 278-0839 or if you are interested in submitting a proposal to a business-related organization. Dan would like to know of your intent to apply and can provide you with assistance in preparing your application.

1. Federal Sponsors

Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Through grants, research, and initiative activities, the Institute makes an impact in a number of diverse issue areas.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) – The Big Read

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American popular culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens. is your source to find and apply for federal grants. Click on “Arts” for a listing of current library-related funding opportunities.

2. Other Resources

California Council for the Humanities

California Council for the Humanities connects Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future.

American Library Association

The association provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working to narrow the digital divide in the United States and many developing countries around the world.

Library Grants blog

For librarians interested in grant opportunities. Authors Stephanie Gerding and Pam MacKellar update the blog regularly with new funding announcements.

Fundsnet Services Online

Fundsnet is a free database of current funding opportunities. From Fundsnet’s homepage, you can select categories such as on “Education and Literacy” or “Arts and Culture.”