The grants program of the Friends of the Public Library provides funding to community organizations, libraries serving Tompkins County residents, and to students and staff of area libraries for scholarships, awards, and continuing education.
See the links below for more information on eligibility and how to apply.
Grants to non-profit and voluntary organizations serving Tompkins County residents for literacy, reading related or skills development programs and projects.
Grants to libraries and reading rooms in and on the periphery of Tompkins County to purchase books, other media, materials, and equipment.
Grants to local library staff for conferences and continuing education and to students enrolled in a graduate degree program in Library Science.
Over the years, our three Grants committees have given funds to many libraries and organizations within the Tompkins County area to further their literacy goals. Some of these organizations include:
*Advocacy Center of Tompkins County - to purchase books on sexual abuse and domestic violence topics for in-house library and to give to clients
*Challenge Industries, Life Options Program - to purchase supplies that will help disabled adults to improve functional math, reading skills
*Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Natural Leaders Initiative - to purchase books on leadership and civic engagement for new emerging leaders program
*Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Rural Youth Services - to purchase books for Trumansburg teen reading group DeWitt Middle School Library and ESL Program - to help fund a tour and program at TCPL for bilingual and ESL students and their parents
*Family & Children’s Services - to purchase books on mental health topics for in-house library and to give to families in therapy
*Hospicare and Palliative Care Services - to print pamphlets on grief for patients and their families
*Ithaca Housing Authority, Titus Towers - to purchase workbooks used by residents in a financial literacy class
*Ithaca Public Education Initiative, Kids Discover the Trail! - to purchase books for ICSD 5th graders during visit to the Cayuga Nature Center
*Southworth Library - to purchase CD players and books on CD for residents at Willowbrook Manor, senior apartments in Dryden
*Tompkins Learning Partners (formerly Literacy Volunteers) - to purchase books for adult basic education, ESL and incarcerated youth programs
*Unity House of Cayuga County, Ithaca Day Hab Center - to establish an in-house library with computers for adults with developmental disabilities
*YOURS (Youth Outreach Undergraduates Reshaping Success) - to purchase books and presentation supplies for college student mentoring youths living at the Hanshaw and Conger mobile home parks
*Local small libraries have received funds to improve their services: Lodi Whittier Library [expand DVD collection], Spencer Library [furniture for children's area], Cortland Free Library [expand audio courses], Groton Public Library [expand YA coll. & Hangar prod.], Lamont Memorial Free Library [update YA collection], Southworth Library Assoc. [update microfilm equipment], Ulysses Philomathic Library [start CD music collection], Peck Memorial Library [Playaway HS collection]
*Grants for continuing education have also been awarded. Librarians at TCPL, FLLS, and other county libraries were able to attend staff development workshops and conferences, school librarians were able to attend conferences and workshops, graduate students were able to take classes leading to a MLS degree.