Grant application information

ALIA has been given a Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund grant by the Australian Government to support the expansion of Online Storytime in Australian public libraries. Within the total, there is $100,000 available for smaller grants to libraries for expenditure between October 2021 and December 2022. ALIA will be making this funding available in two rounds through a simple application and acquittal process.

Who is eligible
Any Australian public library which has subscribed to the ALIA Online Storytime program for the 2021 and 2022 calendar year or is new for 2022. Grant agreements for successful applications must be signed off by the Manager or Director responsible for the library service.

What the grants can cover
The grants can be used for anything which supports the delivery of library Online Storytimes. These are some examples:

Paying authors or illustrators to be part of storytime in the library, which you then record and post online

Paying authors or illustrators to record a segment to include in one of your Online Storytimes

Buying lights, software, other recording equipment

License fee for music

Auslan interpreter

Special props or materials

Promotion of Online Storytime to local families

Technical training for library staff or contributors

Costs for a special program – for example, if you want to buy a set of books for a particular group of families to read along with at home.

The grants can’t be used for normal library operating costs, for example staff time to make recordings; buying books from the publishers’ nominated list for your regular library Online Storytime reading; paying for the Online Storytime subscription.

Size of the grants
You can apply for any sum from $1 up to $10,000 (ex GST) and you can submit as many applications as you want.

Assessment criteria
If the total value of the requests exceeds the grant pool, priority will be given to those which best meet one or more of the following criteria:

Support for Australian creators, including paid involvement of Australian authors and illustrators.

Increased access for priority groups, for example children living with disability, children who speak a language other than English at home.

Promotion of Australian literature and literacy to the local community.

Key dates
There are two grant rounds. Up to $80,000 will be available in the first round and $20,000 in the second.

Round 1 applications open on 11 October and close on 17 December. Successful applicants will be announced on or before 10 January.

Round 2 applications open on 7 February and close on 25 March. Successful applicants will be announced on or before 11 April.

Acquittals for both rounds are due by 23 September 2022.

You will need to complete a very simple form telling us what you want to do, how much it will cost and what the benefit will be to the library, families and/or author illustrators.

You will need to confirm that you spent the money as you’d said, or provide an explanation of any variation, and provide us with a quote and/or image and/or recording to show how it has generated benefits to users and creators.

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