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Nonprofits to Acquire Resources to Promote Racial Equity

Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grant

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Indiana Humanities

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Deadline Date:

06/24/22 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Indiana public libraries, community centers, schools, and nonprofit organizations for the acquisition of resources that promote racial equity. Funding is intended for reading materials that will be made available for use by the community. The goal of the program is to encourage Indiana residents to think, read, and talk about racial injustice and systemic racism and to support libraries as key public humanities organizations in this work.

Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development grants support libraries, schools and community organizations in adding diverse books and materials to their circulating collections. Grants can be used to add digital or physical resources (including books, films or other materials) that address race, systemic racism and/or the Black experience through a humanities lens. Materials must be selected from among the 400+ titles on the pre-approved list, which was curated by librarians with input from humanities scholars.

Program ideas include: 

  • Author talks: Invite an author(s) from the ARE book list to speak at your library or organization. Indiana Humanities can help connect you with several of the Indiana-based creators on the list.
  • Book clubs and discussion groups: Hold regular (e.g., weekly, monthly) discussions about one or more titles featured on the ARE book list. Make sure your discussion questions are appropriate for your audience (e.g., children, teens, adults).
  • Displays and exhibits: Create a book display or exhibit to highlight and promote your ARE materials. Focus on designs that are engaging but not overwhelming.
  • Expert presenters: Bring an expert (e.g., professor, scholar, journalist, community leader) to your library or organization to discuss a topic or theme addressed in one or more of the ARE book list selections. Some potential topics include criminal justice, education, housing, identity and voting.
  • Film screenings: Host a screening of one or more of the films featured on the ARE book list. Remember to obtain a public performance license or permission from the movie’s copyright holder(s) before scheduling these events.
  • Storytimes: Hold regular (e.g., weekly, monthly) storytimes for youth in your community featuring some of the children’s titles on the ARE book list. Consider making these events interactive.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191173

Number of Grants:

Up to 150 grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $1,000

Term of Contract:

Funds must be used by December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public libraries, including those within prisons, community centers, and schools, are encouraged to apply. Other Indiana tax-exempt organizations, such as senior citizens centers or community centers, may apply but must be able to demonstrate in their application how materials will circulate for free in their local communities.

Multiple branches within a library system may apply. Applicants and recipients of the 2020 Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development grants are eligible as well.

These funds may not be used to purchase books or other materials for one-time giveaways but instead should be for multiple users over time.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join Indiana Humanities staff to learn about the Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grant available to libraries, schools, and other non-profit organizations with circulating collections.

Informational Webinar: June 2, 2022 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due June 24, 2022 by 5 p.m. EDT. Grantees will be notified by July 29, 2022 and funds must be used by December 31, 2022.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:
Lyndsey Blair, Program Associate

Indiana Humanities
1500 North Delaware
Indianapolis, IN 46202


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