kids playroom at community library
Fairfield Library | Fairfield, TX

Library Transformation Grant

$100,000 grants reserved for those libraries ready to hit the ‘refresh’ button.

Revitalizing Rural Libraries

Many rural libraries look much the same as they did 20, 30 even 40 years ago when they were first created. Our Transformation Grant process gives these libraries the opportunity to rethink and refurnish their entire space to reflect the ways that libraries are used today while providing flexibility for the future. Our goal is to combine the Foundation's objectives and 21st Century best practices with the library's objectives and ultimately, expand the impact of the grant.

Architectural Partnership

We accomplish this ambitious task by pairing the library’s staff and leadership with an architect who has years of experience designing libraries. The combination of local leadership and professional guidance produces an inviting new space that drives new levels of activity, demand for new programming and increased use as a public space.

man reading in library nook

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Collaborating for maximum impact

Success of Transformation Grants is dependent on this unique partnership between the Foundation and the library’s leadership. This type of time-intensive project is typically not something the average rural librarian has experience with and understandably, can be intimidating. With technical assistance and Foundation support, the process is elevated from a transaction to a team effort designed to get you from start to ‘Wow!’

Transformation Grants also differ from other grants offered by the Foundation in that they come with a caveat. If your project estimate exceeds $100,000, you/your library’s leadership must be willing to raise the balance of funds to ensure that the project will be completed all at one time.

Ready to transform your library?

Contact us

Start the conversation with Foundation staff today. Let’s determine if our Transformation Grant is the right fit for your community.

Due to the unique nature of each project, we use this preliminary conversation to determine eligibility. Consequently, access to the application in our portal is restricted.

Act now to meet the biannual grant deadlines on January 15th and June 1st – the first step towards unlocking the potential for positive change in your library awaits!