After the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the Laura Bush Foundation for American Libraries has announced that it will dedicate its resources to rebuild the library book collections at hurricane-affected schools.
To that end, the foundation is accepting grant requests through its 2017 Disaster Relief Initiative program for the total amount needed to replace destroyed or damaged materials (ranging between $10,000 to $75,000, depending on the damage and needs).
For the purposes of this program, 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 all students and adults in the school to have access to those books and materials. Schools applying for a grant must have or be planning to rebuild a library that meets this definition. In addition, the day-to-day oversight and operation of the school library must be carried out by a paid librarian, designated by the school administration to be responsible for the collection, care, and use of the materials housed in the library.
Classroom sets of books, collections of books that are not organized and classified in a systematic way and stored in a room, or collections of books on rolling carts that are moved throughout the school are not eligible to apply.
To be eligible, the school must have sustained damage to the library during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria. The list will be updated as other storms and natural disasters arise in 2017.
See the Laura Bush Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.