ALA Announces $1.25M Emergency Fund for Libraries Impacted by COVID-19

The American Library Association (ALA) announced it would make available $1.25M in emergency relief grants to libraries that have experienced substantial economic hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ALA COVID Library Relief Fund invites the public, school, academic, and tribal libraries across the United States and US Territories to apply for $30,000 to $50,000. These funds will bolster library operations and services, including broadening technology access, developing collections, providing digital instruction, staffing, expanding outreach, and maintaining and amplifying existing service strategies or adding new ones to extend impact through the end of 2021. Grant applications are accepted online through May 20, 2021, via the ALA website.