The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund

The Library Fund has awarded more than $23.3 million since its inception to increase literacy, information literacy, and information access for Marion County residents. The Library Fund is a field-of-interest fund of the Indianapolis Foundation (a CICF affiliate).

Eligible libraries make use of the fund for innovative programs like these:

  • IUPUI’s University Library and its Center for Service Learning are using a $30,594 grant to engage college students in family literacy programs for low-income and Hispanic residents on the Near Westside of Indianapolis.
  • The Franklin branch library, as well as the high school libraries of Arsenal Tech, Beech Grove, Roncalli, and Southport, used small grants to test new programs encouraging youth to read.
  • The Marion County Internet Library, supported by an annual grant of more than $500,000, provides free access to electronic resources not otherwise available at any school or library building in Marion County, and to anyone who has a public library card in Marion County. Resources include newspaper, journal, and magazine articles; information from standard library reference sources; and collections of resources designed to enhance student learning and achievement.

The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund accepts applications twice a year to support projects from libraries in Marion County. Priority consideration will be given to those libraries that are able to present a compelling case for support based on need, request support that is not a part of general operating budgets, and has predetermined desired outcomes explicitly stating how resources will impact the Marion County community, our residents and/or students. Additionally, all high school libraries in the county are encouraged to apply for a Media Center Enhancement Grant.

Grant Programs

The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund has three primary grant programs: Competitive Grants, Media Center Enhancement Grants, and Minde Browning Professional Development Fund Grants. 

1. Library Fund competitive Grants 

The Library Fund accepts general applications from all eligible libraries, including all Marion County high schools and their respective libraries, to support innovative programs that have the potential of demonstrating impact.

Geographic Restriction: Eligible libraries in Marion County

Funding Restriction: Eligible libraries include: the Indianapolis Public Library; any high school library (public/private/charter) in Marion County; and academic libraries at IUPUI, Marian University, and University of Indianapolis. High school libraries do not need to have a full-time media specialist in order to apply for a competitive grant. 

Grant award range: Varies

Grantmaking schedule:

Application PeriodReviewNotificationProject Beings On/After
Jan. 17-Feb. 28, 2022 March-April, 2022 On/after May 10, 2022 June 1, 2022
July 20-Aug. 31, 2022 September-October 2022 On/after Nov. 15, 2022 Dec. 1, 2022

Begin the application process here. (Be sure to select the collect Call for Proposals.)


2. High School media center enhancement Grants

High school libraries are also encouraged to submit a grant application to support high-quality collections and resources. While all high schools may apply for a general Library Fund grant, Media Center Enhancement Grants are specifically focused on improving collections, technology and access to resources for high school students.

Geographic Restriction:  High School libraries in Marion County

Grant Award Range: $4,500 to $14,500 depending on high school enrollment, the strength of articulated outcomes and capacity of staff to carry out the project.

Funding Restriction: Any Marion County high school media center or library
Marion County high school media centers with at least one full-time media specialist is eligible to be considered for Media Center Enhancement grants. Please note that “full-time” means assigned to the media center full-time. The proposed development of your school’s collections must have proper oversight in the implementation and use of funds. If your high school’s media specialist has classroom teaching responsibilities, then your high school media center may not be eligible for this grant.

Key dateAction/Deliverable
April 29, 20222021-2022 High School Media Center Enhancement Grant Report Due
May 31, 2022 2022-2023 High School Media Center Enhancement Grant Application Due
THE 2021-2022 HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER ENHANCEMENT GRANT REPORT IS DUE APRIL 29, 2022. DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE
THE 2022-2023 HIGH SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER ENHANCEMENT GRANT APPLICATION IS DUE MAY 31, 2022. DOWNLOAD THE FORM HERE

 


3. Minde Browning Professional Development Fund GRANTS

The Minde Browning Fund provides small professional development grants to staff serving in any of the eligible Marion County libraries. The Indianapolis Foundation and local donors established this endowed fund in 1999 as a tribute to Minde Glenn Browning, the former assistant director at the IU School of Law—Indianapolis Law Library and chair of the Library Fund Steering Committee.  

Grant Award Range: Up to $1,000

Geographic Restriction:  Eligible libraries in Marion County

Funding Restriction: Funds may be used to cover the cost of registration, materials, travel and lodging to attend professional conferences and workshops, professional coursework, leadership development programs, and group programs related to libraries, media centers, etc.  

Grantmaking Schedule: Minde Browning applications are accepted throughout the year and decisions are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Please submit the request at least 60 days prior to the start of the activity that the grant request will fund. Only one request per individual will be considered per year.

Key DateAction/Deliverable
At least 60 days before proposed activitiesMinde Browning Professional Development Fund Application
60 days after conclusion of funded activitiesMinde Browning Professional Development Fund Final Report Form
Complete the Minde Browning Professional Development Grant Application Here
COMPLETE THE MINDE BROWNING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT FINAL REPORT FORM HERE