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Current Grant Cycles

VR-360 Project: Virtual reality in Libraries

Virtual Reality in 360 (VR 360) is a special grant program that will provide your library with the tools and specialized training needed to create a virtual experience. Your presentation could be any topic or story that has importance for your community. It could explore a historic site, letting the viewer experience places that may normally be closed. It might be an inside look at a cultural event so the viewer has the same vantage point as a real participant. Maybe it will be a way to witness a special process from start to finish.

Our purpose is to teach library staff how to create these stories by giving library staff what they need to help produce these stories for their community. Washington State Library (WSL) will support six libraries as they create a 360 story and then preserve it on the WSL webpage. 

  • Public, tribal, and academic libraries are eligible to apply for the VR 360 grant cycle.
  • This grant will supply the equipment needed to create a 360 virtual reality presentation.
  • The story should demonstrate how something is created or happens.
  • Partnerships with historic organizations or cultural community groups are strongly encouraged.

XR Libraries (https://xrlibraries.com) will be the trainer for this project. XR Libraries consulting firm has considerable experience in the Virtual Reality field and has worked with libraries for several years.

WSL will award grants to six libraries.

Our online guide with full details is available at https://washstatelib.libguides.com/vr360

Remember, you must see the webinar in order to apply: https://my.nicheacademy.com/washingtonstate/course/47793

Application available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VR360WSL2022

If you have questions about the application process, please email [email protected].

If you have questions about VR 360 stories or technology, please email the Project Manager, [email protected].

Deadline to apply: 5/20/2022

 

Closed Grant Cycles
 

Washington Digital Heritage 2022

The Washington Digital Heritage (WDH) grant cycle supports public, tribal, special, and academic libraries in carrying out a variety of digital initiatives focused on archival and special collections of cultural and/or historical significance.

Public libraries, special libraries, academic libraries (two and four year colleges and universities), and tribal libraries (tribes as defined in federal regulations 2 CFR § 175.25 (b)) are eligible to submit applications for this grant cycle.

Proposals may include:

  • Digitization/reformatting of archival and special collections.
  • Metadata creation, remediation/cleanup, and/or re-cataloging.
  • Development of local standards, practices, and/or policies related to digitization, metadata creation, digital preservation, etc.
  • Creation of born-digital multimedia content (e.g., oral histories, digital exhibits).
  • Integration of primary sources or archival collections into educational settings by way of lesson plans/curricula, and/or Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $80,000; with a limit of $15,000 per award. 

Washington State Library staff is available to answer questions about this grant or your specific proposal.
Email us at [email protected]. Staff can help determine if you should proceed with or adjust proposals or budgets before expending the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. Please consult our LibGuide as a resource when preparing your application.

Application deadline: 3/22/2022

          (https://washstatelib.libguides.com/2022WDH)

 

Online Tracking Services

Washington State Library (WSL) is offering grants to public and tribal libraries for online tracking services.

An online tracking service is a software program, often with an app and website, that facilitates participation in reading and library challenges. Many libraries use these for their summer programs, but you can use them for many other library programs, like reading challenges or special programs.

Your library may be reimbursed up to $1,000 per year for three years. Both public and tribal libraries in Washington State are eligible. This is a non-competitive grant, and everyone who applies will be eligible to receive this award.

For full information, please consult our guide online.

Washington Digital Heritage 2019
 

The Washington Digital Heritage (WDH) grant cycle supports public, tribal, and academic libraries in carrying out a variety of digital initiatives focused on archival and special collections of cultural and/or historical significance.

Public library systems, individual public library branches, academic libraries (two and four year colleges and universities), and tribal libraries are eligible to submit applications for this grant cycle.

Proposals may include/involve:

  • Digitization/reformatting of archival and special collections.
  • Metadata creation, remediation/cleanup, and/or re-cataloging.
  • Development of local standards, practices, and/or policies related to digitization, metadata creation, digital preservation, etc.
  • Creation of born-digital multimedia content (e.g., oral histories, digital exhibits).
  • Integration of primary sources or archival collections into educational settings by way of lesson plans/curricula, and/or Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $80,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $8,000 per award. We anticipate that ten (10) or more applicants may receive awards.

This grant opportunity may also be used by existing or prospective institutions to develop Washington Rural Heritage (WRH) collections. Libraries that would like to participate in the WRH program should commit to digitizing at least one hundred (100) items to WSL by the end of the grant cycle.

Washington State Library staff is available to answer questions about this grant or your specific proposal. Staff can help determine if you should proceed with or adjust proposals or budgets before expending the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. WRH staff contact information is found in Section 11 of the guidelines. You are encouraged to use the guidelines as a resource when preparing your application.

Microsoft LinkedIn Learning Implementation & Expansion Grants 2020–2021
No longer accepting applications

The Microsoft LinkedIn Learning Implementation & Expansion grant cycle supports Washington’s public and tribal libraries and community or technical colleges to implement a new program or expand an existing program or service that utilizes Microsoft Imagine Academy or LinkedIn Learning resources. Proposals funded through this grant cycle begin on or around June 17, 2020 and may continue through June 22, 2021.

Proposals were funded that met, at minimum, one of the following objectives:

  • Promote or support instruction for the public in digital literacy (basic computer, digital device, software, and Internet usage), computer programming/coding, and STEM subjects.
  • Promote or support industry-recognized software, IT, or computer science certification programs.
  • Promote or support programs that advance careers and employment in IT, computer science, data science, or other STEM fields.

All grant funding supports programs or services that are free and open to the general public, residing or employed in Washington state.

Applications for the 2020 – 2021 grant cycle were due on May 13, 2020, grantees were notified May 28, 2020, with contract execution on or before June 17, 2020.

Washington Digital Heritage 2020–2021
No longer accepting applications

The Washington Digital Heritage (WDH) grant cycle supports public, tribal, special, and academic libraries in carrying out a variety of digital initiatives focused on archival and special collections of cultural and/or historical significance.

Public library systems, individual public library branches, special libraries, academic libraries (two and four year colleges and universities), and tribal libraries (tribes as defined in federal regulations 2 CFR § 175.25 (b)) are eligible to submit applications for this grant cycle.

Proposals may include:

  • Digitization/reformatting of archival and special collections.
  • Metadata creation, remediation/cleanup, and/or re-cataloging.
  • Development of local standards, practices, and/or policies related to digitization, metadata creation, digital preservation, etc.
  • Creation of born-digital multimedia content (e.g., oral histories, digital exhibits).
  • Integration of primary sources or archival collections into educational settings by way of lesson plans/curricula, and/or Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $80,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $8,000 per award. We anticipate that ten (10) or more applicants may receive awards.

This grant opportunity may also be used by existing or prospective institutions to develop Washington Rural Heritage (WRH) collections. Libraries that would like to participate in the WRH program should commit to digitizing at least one hundred (100) items by the end of the grant cycle.

Washington State Library staff is available to answer questions about this grant or your specific proposal. Staff can help determine if you should proceed with or adjust proposals or budgets before expending the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. WRH staff contact information is in Section 11 of the guidelines. Please use the guidelines as a resource when preparing your application.

Application deadline: 07/01/2020.

Download the guidelines and application form:

Closed Grant Cycles

Washington Digital Heritage 2019
No longer accepting applications

The Washington Digital Heritage (WDH) grant cycle supports public, tribal, and academic libraries in carrying out a variety of digital initiatives focused on archival and special collections of cultural and/or historical significance.

Public library systems, individual public library branches, academic libraries (two and four year colleges and universities), and tribal libraries are eligible to submit applications for this grant cycle.

Proposals may include/involve:

  • Digitization/reformatting of archival and special collections.
  • Metadata creation, remediation/cleanup, and/or re-cataloging.
  • Development of local standards, practices, and/or policies related to digitization, metadata creation, digital preservation, etc.
  • Creation of born-digital multimedia content (e.g., oral histories, digital exhibits).
  • Integration of primary sources or archival collections into educational settings by way of lesson plans/curricula, and/or Open Educational Resources (OERs).

Overall funding to support this grant cycle is $80,000. This grant cycle has a limit of $8,000 per award. We anticipate that ten (10) or more applicants may receive awards.

This grant opportunity may also be used by existing or prospective institutions to develop Washington Rural Heritage (WRH) collections. Libraries that would like to participate in the WRH program should commit to digitizing at least one hundred (100) items to WSL by the end of the grant cycle.

Washington State Library staff is available to answer questions about this grant or your specific proposal. Staff can help determine if you should proceed with or adjust proposals or budgets before expending the resources necessary to fully plan the project and prepare a full grant application. WRH staff contact information is found in Section 11 of the guidelines. You are encouraged to use the guidelines as a resource when preparing your application.

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