Selection Process

Better World Books is looking for libraries with “Game Changing” ideas which help advance a compelling literacy project.

Think Differently. Be Creative. Be a Game Changer.
Thanks to thousands of libraries who participate in the Better World Books Discards and Donations program, we are able to offer library grants for the seventh consecutive year.

The needs and opportunities of the communities libraries serve vary widely and there are countless worthy projects to support. This grant process is intended to solicit a wide range of applications that reflect this diversity.

$50,000 in funding is available; maximum grant amount per project is $15,000. Library grants are open to libraries located in the US and Canada. Interested libraries can fill out the online application form. All applications are due by March 31st at 4pm ET. During the Selection Period selected libraries may be contacted by Better World Books to provide additional project details as part of the evaluation process.

As you develop your Game Changing Ideas, keep the following in mind:

  1. Answer questions fully. Where questions have multiple parts, be sure to address all parts. Omissions make it difficult to evaluate your application.
  2. Projects should address the literacy needs of under-served populations in their community. Literacy needs are defined by broadly identifying, understanding, interpreting, creating, communicating, and computing information to live a more fulfilling and productive life.
  3. Libraries may pitch only one project each, with a maximum award of $15,000. Please be sure to clearly outline the project elements that require the requested funds.
  4. Projects that will have a measurable and long term impact on an under-served population and will continue to operate after grant funds have been utilized will be looked upon favorably.
  5. Better World Books looks forward to reviewing applications that bring a fresh and inspired approach to challenging issues.