The Institute of International Education, with the support of the United States Institute for Peace, has announced the first application cycle for its U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Program, which will give out 250 grants of up to $2,000 over the next year to public libraries, colleges, and universities to hold events advancing and promoting the understanding of international conflict resolution and peacebuilding. This funding may be used for lectures, workshops, library or Web-based forums, or speaker programs, among other activities, so long as they are held during the spring 2013 academic semester and address international conflict and resolution issues. In addition to U.S. public libraries and accredited colleges and universities, academic departments, student-led groups endorsed by a faculty member or administrator, academic clubs, and consortia are eligible to apply. The due date for the first application cycle is November 1st. More information and materials can be found at the Institute of Peace website.
The American Library Association’s Public Programs Office has also announced the opening of applications for the 2013 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. Eligible school libraries are in the United States, may be either public or private, are staffed by a state-certified librarian, have served children grades K-8, and have conducted humanities programs during the 2011-2012 school year. The humanities programming can be focused in any related subject area, including social studies, foreign language and culture, and music. The $4,000 honorarium and plaque will be awarded to a program or program series that focuses on broadening perspectives and helping students understand their place in the wider world, be initiated and coordinated by the school librarian, and demonstrate the library’s role in advancing the school’s educational goals. A free online learning session regarding the award will be held on October 24, and the deadline for applications is December 15. See the ALA website to begin the application process.
The National Gardening Association’s Youth Garden Grants, sponsored by the Home Depot Garden Club, have announced awards of 5 $1,000 gift cards and 95 $500 gift cards from Home Depot to go to schools and community organizations with garden programs geared to children between the ages of 3 and 18. Eligible groups may come from U.S. youth groups, community centers, treatment facilities, camps, or intergenerational groups in addition to schools, but must plan to garden with at least 15 children. Previous winners may reapply, but must wait one year after winning to do so. Priority programs will be those that integrate environmental awareness, entrepreneurship, content standards, nutrition, and social concepts such as service-learning, team building, and leadership development. Please see the NGA’s award webpage for more information.