The Pilcrow Foundation is pleased to offer a limited number of special non-matching grants through our Children’s Book Project program to libraries serving rural communities in the United States affected by recent tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, or other natural disasters. Libraries qualified to receive a Children’s Book Project: Disaster Relief grant can select $800 worth of new, quality, hardcover children’s books from The Pilcrow Foundation’s book list. Locally sponsored matching funds are not required for the disaster relief grants.
Libraries qualify for the Children’s Book Project: Disaster Relief grant on an individual basis. For libraries experiencing budgetary declines due to reduced or eliminated funding, please apply for our Children’s Book Project Grant.
To qualify for the grant, libraries in disaster affected areas must be located in a rural area within the 50 United States, have a limited operating budget, and have the intent to rebuild an active children’s department. A rural community is typically more than 25 miles from an urban area (population over 50,000) and not a part of a metropolitan area. A town library system should serve a population under 10,000 (priority to communities with a population under 5,000). A county library system should serve a population under 20,000.
Applications for the Children’s Book Project: Disaster Relief grant are available only upon request by email or mail. When requesting an application, please provide your name, the library’s name and mailing address, and a brief description of the nature of the disaster your library has experienced.
If you do not qualify for a Disaster Relief grant, you can apply for a matching grant to receive up to $1,200 (a retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books. Please read about our Children’s Book Project Grant.
Children’s Book Project Grant Application (fillable PDF with Adobe Reader)
Children’s Book Project Grant Application (MS Word format)
Click Children’s Book Project Grant Online Application for the online form.