YOUR SCHOOL IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY IF IT MEETS THE FOLLOWING FIVE CRITERIA
1. Your school has been in operation for a minimum of one year prior to your application so that you are able to provide accurate information about the percentage of students in your school eligible for the free or reduced lunch program (FRL).
2. Your school has a student body where 80% or more of your students qualify for free or reduced lunches.
3. Your school has a school library that meets the definition immediately below: A library is a uniquely designated space in which books and other materials are systematically classified and arranged by subject and type. They are stored in a place and manner that allows access to all students and adults in the school.
Please note that the definition does
not include classrooms or classroom sets of books, collections of books stored in a room that are not organized and classified in a systematic way, or collections of books on rolling carts of any description.
4. The day-to-day oversight and operation of your school library is carried out by a paid contracted staff member who fits the definition immediately below:The person is designated by the school administration as responsible for the collection, care, and use of the materials housed in the dedicated space of the library.
5. Your school has not previously received a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Schools that have previously received a grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries are ineligible to apply.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR APPLICATION CANNOT BE READ IF IT IS INCOMPLETE
Every question asked must be answered. Where the question appears inapplicable to your particular school, you must write in “zero”, ”not available”, “not applicable”, “none”, “no” or some other word that explains why you are not answering a question.
Application submissions are due Monday December 2, 2013 (8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).
Questions regarding the application must be submitted by Friday November 22, 2013.
Applications must be submitted via the online application form. Applications sent via fax, mail, or e-mail cannot be accepted.
All application questions must be completed. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
To submit the application, make sure to click the ‘Submit the Proposal to LBF’ button. An e-mail will be generated to your e-mail address confirming delivery once the application is submitted.
We anticipate that recipients will be identified and awards will be made before the middle of May, 2014.
Important: Please read Frequently Asked Questions and the Grading Rubric sections on this website before filling out the application.
The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is a fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, an IRS approved 501 C (3). For general questions regarding the Foundation, please contact us at
Before we begin, we are interested in how you
first became aware of the LBF grant program. Please select one of the following.
PART I: CONTACT INFORMATION The first thing we need is to know how to contact you at your school. This allows us to get in touch with you to confirm receipt of your proposal, to send an inquiry should there be a question about your application, to pass along any important announcements, or to send you additional information or material if the need should arise. Please tell us: 4. The school's mailing address:
- Select - Alabama Alaska American Samoa Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Guam Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Marshall Islands Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Northern Marianas Islands Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Palau Pennsylvania Puerto Rico Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virgin Islands Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming
5. The school's telephone and fax numbers (please use 10 digits, no spaces or hyphens):
7. The principal's name:
8. The name of the person filling out this application:
12. Is the person filling out this application also the person responsible for the day-to-day on-site library operation in the school?
Please note: Preference will be given to applications that are prepared by the person in your school specifically responsible for the library. We believe that the person on-site has the best understanding of the library's status, needs, and potential.
PART II: SCHOOL AND LIBRARY STRUCTURE AND OPERATION
Here we are looking for information that will help put your proposal in context. The answers to these questions will give us a profile of your school and sharpen our sense of how and where your proposal will fit into the larger picture.
13. Which of the following best describes the school? If none of these descriptors fit, please write a short description (25 words or less) under “Other”.
14. Which of the following best describes the school? If none of these descriptors fit, please write a short description (25 words or less) under “Other”.
* 15. What percentage of your student body is eligible for free and reduced lunch (FRL)? Secondary schools may submit verifiable FRL data averaged from all feeder schools.
- Select - 96-100% 90-95% 85-89% 80-84% below 80% (not eligible to apply.)
16. Please provide NCES Information: B. If this is a secondary school using data from feeder schools, please list all schools that feed into your high school, providing name and NCES IDs:
20. What is the distance to the nearest public library? Please choose one from the pull-down menu of distances:
- Select - less than 1 mile 1 to 5 miles more than 5 miles
21. Does your school have a certified school librarian on site who runs the library day-to-day?
If your school does have a certified librarian on site, please skip ahead to Question Number 22. If your school does not have a certified librarian, please describe the person who currently has day-to-day responsibility for the library and its operation.
(A) Position Description:
(B) Is this person full-time or part-time in the library?
(C) What is this person's education and experience?
(E) Experience in the library job:
(F) Other Duties: Does the person primarily responsible for the library have a second responsibility in the school (e.g., classroom teacher, counselor, administrator, secretary, and clerk)?
If yes, please tell us what that responsibility is in 25 words or less:
22. Does the person responsible for the on site day-to-day operation of the library have support staff such as aides, clerks, para-professionals, parent/community volunteers, or other help?
If yes, please describe that help in 25 words or less:
23. Please provide the following information concerning the budget for library books for this year. Please use numbers only. Please no commas. (Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for items that are considered part of the budget for library books).
24. Will the person filling out this application be the person responsible for carrying out the activities described in the grant proposal plan below?
If no, who will be responsible? Please list the name, title, and experience of each person who will have responsibility for implementing the proposal:
This answer is limited to 100 words.
PART III: THE HEART OF THE PROPOSAL
This is the most important part of the application. We would like to have the most compelling explanation of your students’ needs and the clearest description of your proposal that you can provide.
Please answer every part of every question. We cannot appropriately evaluate incomplete applications.
Important: Please read the
Frequently Asked Questions and the Scoring Rubric sectionsbefore answering the questions below.
Please also remember that funds are available only for library books and magazine/serial copies and subscriptions. The Laura Bush Foundation is unable to honor requests for staffing, shelving, furniture, equipment, e-readers, software, videos, classroom book sets or any kind of book guides, tests or exams.
With all that in mind, please tell us:
25. Every school and school library is unique. What distinguishes your school and library? Please tell us your school’s and your students’ story. Particularly address any condition in the school or community – or anything else – that demonstrates a unique and compelling need for books. What role does your school library play in addressing your students’ uniqueness and needs?
This answer is limited to 500 words.
26. What is your library collection improvement goal? In other words, what is your proposal? What need are you addressing? What specific student groups or school programs would benefit from these added resources in your library?
(In describing your proposal, please be sure of two things: (1) That you do not request anything other than books or magazines, and (2) that if your plan includes purchasing eBooks or any other electronic materials, be sure to tell us in what ways and how easily your students will be able to access them.) This answer is limited to 500 words.
27. The goals of the Laura Bush Foundation is to help school libraries to:(a) encourage and foster a love of reading,(b) support student learning, and(c) make books available to students who otherwise would not have access to them. Which goal or combination of goals does your library grant application address? How?
This summary is limited to 250 words.
28. How did you identify the specific need that your grant application addresses?
This answer is limited to 200 words.
29. How were the specifics of your grant application proposal developed?
This answer is limited to 200 words.
30. If you do receive a grant to implement your proposal, how will you measure and evaluate its impact on the students, on the library, on the school?
This answer is limited to 250 words.
32. If your school is selected as a recipient of a Laura Bush Foundation grant, do you agree to participate in the Foundation’s evaluation program? Required fields.