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Grant Seeking: Grants you can apply for

Information about applying for grants, including specific grants for PALNI libraries


Last update: April 8, 2022

Agency Grant name Description URL
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grants for Libraries Advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.
Midwest Collaborative for Library Services MCLS Indiana Grant Initiative Bridging information literacy from school to college using INSPIRE
Wellbeing Literacy 2022
Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc. Operating/Capital Project Promote or preserve the Arts and Humanities. Priority will be given primarily to those organizations located in Central Indiana.
Ball Brothers Foundation General/Rapid Grants Focusing on East Central IN (others rarely funded too): Arts, Culture & Humanities, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services, Public/Society Benefit.
Central Indiana Community Foundation General Our investments enable organizations to provide effective programs and respond to the needs of people in the neighborhoods and communities they serve.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions Help small and mid-sized institution improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience.
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk Support the preservation of rare and unique audio, audiovisual, and other time-based media of high scholarly value through digital reformatting.
Indiana State Library LSTA Technology Grant Assist Indiana libraries with purchasing new and improved technology necessary to meet their users’ ever-changing needs for library services, and to provide access to information.
Indiana State Library LSTA Indiana Memory Digitization Grant Digitizing Indiana’s historical collections. The primary goal is to develop content for Indiana Memory, a digital library for Indiana residents, and Hoosier State Chronicles, Indiana’s digital newspaper program (
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives: Enabling New Scholarship through Increasing Access to Unique Materials For digitizing rare and unique content in collecting institutions.
Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) Ball Venture Fund Grant Encouraging and supporting creative efforts at Indiana’s independent colleges and universities.
PALNI Library Innovation Grant To optimize library resources and services in ways that significantly expand the ability of supported organizations to support teaching and learning at PALNI institutions.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities.
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Multiple Advance, support, and empower America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Multiple Promote the humanities.
United States Department of Education Multiple Promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation General Program areas: Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Heritage, Scholarly Communications, International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation General US Program: K-12 Education, Economic Mobility and Opportunity,
Postsecondary Success, Washington State
Lilly Endowment, Inc. General We consider proposals in three main program areas: community development, education and religion. We also are interested in initiatives that benefit youth and promote the causes of philanthropy and volunteerism.
The James Foundation General Enhance the quality of life in Indiana, and other areas of interest to the Foundation, by focusing on the following special interests: Education, Community, and Faith
The Grantsmanship Center: Community Foundations: IN n/a List of community foundations within Indiana n/a Provides a common website for federal agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for grantees to find and apply to them.
PALNI-only resources n/a Another list of grantors available on the PALNI drive