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Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

 
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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award

    Authority

    American Library Association (ALA)

    Summary

    The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries are given annually. There are two grant categories to apply under: The Innovation Grant and The Growth Grant. The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant will provide support to a library that would like to expand its existing graphic novel services and programs. The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant will provide support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program or initiative.

    These Grants will support two categorical grants that will encourage public awareness on the rise and importance of graphic literature, sequential art, and comics as a literary medium. The objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries is to facilitate library-generated programs and services that will promote graphic novels to library patrons and to the local community.

    Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant
    Proposals should outline how the library will use the grant to further public awareness or community engagement with the graphic novel format. The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant Jury will evaluate the applicant based on the following criteria:
    • A project plan that includes a timeline, budget, and clarity of purpose
    • The identification of the audience for the project and developing a program directed at that audience. The proposed project may be aimed at any audience served by the institution.
    • Originality of project and methodology showing a clear link between library objectives and community impact.
    • Demonstration of the ability of the applicant(s) to undertake and successfully complete the project
    • The potential to generate greater awareness and understanding of comics and graphic novels encouraging and inspiring life-long reading and education
    • The quality of the benefits this grant will bring to the community
    • The degree to which the applicant's philosophy reflects the spirit of the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and the legacy of Will Eisner himself as an innovator and creator
    • Potential for project replication by other libraries
    Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant
    Proposals should outline how the library has demonstrated its ability to present a graphic novel collection, project, or program that promotes the significance of graphic novels by highlighting the quality, artistry, and innovation of the format and engages the local community as well as how the library will use the grant to expand or improve said collection, project or program. The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant Jury will evaluate the applicant based on the following criteria:
    • The identification of the audience for the project and developing a program directed at that audience. The proposed project may be aimed at any audience served by the institution.
    • Originality of project and methodology showing a clear link between library objectives and community impact.
    • Documenting the need for the project, was the need well-defined
    • A project plan for expanding the existing project that includes a timeline, budget, and clarity of purpose
    • The quality of the design of the project.
    • The clearness of the action plan and calendar
    • Whether the needed resources were available (including staff) to make the project a success.
    • The degree to which the applicant's philosophy reflects the spirit of the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and the legacy of Will Eisner himself as an innovator and creator
    • Additional areas that may be considered: the importance of the need met; whether the project improved services to users.
     

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Application Restrictions

    • No library or Friends group should receive the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant more than two times over the five year period.
    • No library or Friends group should receive the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant for a project or program sponsored by Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grant funding.
    • Institutions represented by the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant Jury are eligible to apply, but Committee members must recuse themselves from the discussion and voting or decline the nomination if they have a conflict of interest. 
    • A library or Friends group may not submit an application to Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant and the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant in the same year.

    Contacts

    Tina Coleman

    Tina Coleman
    ALA Graphic Novels & Comics
    50 E. Huron St
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 944-6780
    (312) 440-9374
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are school, public, academic or special libraries and must be located in the United States. Applicants must be current members of ALA at the time the application is submitted (personal or organizational). Existing commercial programs will not be considered. Past winners of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Award for Libraries are eligible to receive a Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant.

    Deadline Details

    The Deadline to apply is February 9, 2020. Applications should be submitted to Tina Coleman at ccoleman@ala.org with the email subject line: "2020 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant Proposal. Winner will be notified by phone with a follow-up email with details. A similar deadline date is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Each winning library will receive a grant award of $4,000 to support initiatives that align with the objective of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries.  The grant award will consist of the following: 
    • $2,000 grant to purchase graphic novels from the distributor-partner (current partner is Diamond Comics Distributors),
    • $1,000 grant to host a graphic novel-themed event at a library or another community location, and
    • $1,000 grant to attend the ALA Annual Conference to receive their grant money.  This grant can be used towards any of the following: conference registration, transportation, lodging and food.
    In addition, from the book publishers and the Eisner Foundation, the winning libraries will also receive the following graphic novels, valued at approximately $3,000:
    • The Will Eisner Library: A graphic novel collection of Will Eisners work and biographies about Will Eisner comprising approximately 75 books and;
    • Graphic novels nominated for the current years Will Eisner Awards at Comic-Con International comprising approximately 100 books.

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