Available Grants


Under the GPLS Libraries Without Walls grant for COVID-19 relief, this opportunity ships set-up/pre-configured Chromebooks directly to awarded public libraries to create a lending program. Roughly 500 Chrome devices will be divided up according to the number of applications and the RPLAC funding formula (like Lib Tech allocations). Applications will be evaluated based on impact, need, and readiness.

  • Georgia Humanities (GH) and Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) Digital Tour Grant - Due September 30, 2020 11:30 PM EDT

Grant opportunity to develop and implement interactive driving and walking tour mobile apps using Open Tour Builder, a free software platform. Awards up to up to $2,500 and technical support. Projects must focus on a humanities topic and must involve at least one humanities scholar.

Grant opportunity that supports projects that enhance the quality of library services on a national level by advancing theory and practice. There are three project categories: Lifelong Learning, Community Catalysts, and National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives with four funding categories: Planning Grants, National Forum Grants, Project Grants, and Research in Service to Practice Grants. Project grants due have cost share requirements. If invited to apply, full proposals are due on March 25, 2021 with projects starting September 2021.

Grant opportunity for funding to support craft-based education projects. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that envision and build new futures for craft. Proposals can include technology and must include the impact of COVID-19. The funding agency has a grant toolkit with specific information for applicants.

Under the GPLS Libraries Without Walls grant for COVID-19 relief, this opportunity funds projects that embrace innovative technology to address the changing needs of public libraries. Awards up to $30,000. Lib Tech funding will pay for the devices and other allowable items, while the remaining charges for installation and other items not allowed under Lib Tech will be covered by CARES Act funding. Applications will be evaluated based on creativity, impact, and compliance.

Grant opportunity for all types of libraries to create reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources. Awards up to $5,000. Research and development focused with technology making up part of the project. Some examples of allowable expenses are support staff stipends, consultant services, photocopying, web design, travel for work on the project, supplies and materials (including software), and (rental of space, rental of equipment, communications, and short-term computer services).

Grant opportunity for emergency relief to protect cultural heritage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards up to $15,000 that can be renewed. Proposals must show urgent needs while making steps towards long-term sustainability. Possible support includes financial assistance for running costs, adoption of digital tools, and implementation of urgent measures. The grant has COVID-19 specific guidelines that should be reviewed before applying.

Grant opportunity for businesses, organizations, and individuals with awards up to $100,000 toward mobile app design/development, for qualified projects with high potential for positive social impact. There is a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic but the app could be for any need that will positively impact society.

  • Georgia-Pacific (GP) Foundation 4 E's Grant - Due Ongoing

Focused on programs in the four areas of education, environment, enrichment, and entrepreneurship. Applicants must be in a 30 mile radius of a GP community. Applications should be programmatic in nature, with technology making up a portion of the proposal. FAQs with important grant details are available here.

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If you would like any assistance applying for these tech grants, please do not hesitate to contact Shannan Furlow at the GPLS Help Desk.

We are happy to provide assistance in any phase of the process, from brainstorming ideas to reviewing applications to guidance on grant reporting.


Updated September 22, 2020