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Library Outreach/ LSTA | Grants


Foundation Center's Funding Information Network Partners

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The South Dakota State Library is now a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center Web Link to Foundation Center. As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the South Dakota State Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. The fully searchable database includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.

Institute of Museums and Library Services

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Grants for museums, museum and library collaborations, libraries and tribal libraries.

One Book South Dakota mini-grants

Book Cover of Dakota by Kathleen Norris

The South Dakota State Library, in collaboration with the South Dakota Humanities Council, is offering 20 mini-grants for free registrations for the One Book South Dakota program for 2014. These mini-grants are available for public libraries who wish to have a One Book Program and have a financial need that would make the $35.00 registration fee a hardship.

Public libraries selected would receive 5 free books with the option to borrow an additional 20 books directly from the Humanities Council. A special study guide to celebrate South Dakota's 125th birthday is also being produced and will be available with a special section on early statehood issues and their relevance today. Public libraries selected can lead their own discussion, select someone from their community OR they will be able (soon) to apply for a Humanities Scholar to come free of charge to their public library to lead the discussion and book talk.

  • Only South Dakota public libraries serving populations under 10,000 are eligible to apply for these mini-grants.
  • Send completed applications PDF Download via mail, fax, or email to:
    Jasmine Rockwell; 800 Governors Drive; Pierre, SD 57501
    Fax: 605-773-6962; Email:
  • In two paragraphs or less, state your program idea and library budget situation. Programs should be held between April 2014 and September 2014.
  • Be sure to include full name of the public library, town, address and the library director's name, phone and e-mail address.
  • Application deadline is March 7th.

From the applications submitted, 20 recipients will be selected. Recipients of these grants will be notified by March 21st.

The 2014 title, chosen in honor of South Dakota's 125th is Dakota by Kathleen Norris Link to barclay agency dot com. Norris describes the book as a "spiritual geography" set in and around Lemmon, SD, where Norris inherits and moves into her grandparents' place.

You may familiarize yourself and your board with the South Dakota One Book Program by going to South Dakota Humanities Council: One Book South Dakota Link to s d humanities dot org.

More Grants Links:

The Libri Foundation Web Link
The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program

Universal Service Administrative Company Web Link
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund, commonly known as “E-Rate,” is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) under the direction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the United States to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access.

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Short Takes
The South Dakota State Library is excited to share with all South Dakota public libraries access to "Short Takes for Trustees" a series of 10 short videos for you and your Trustees to view through March, 2017.

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