Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Grants for Programs During Banned Books Week – applications due April 30

Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants to organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Week celebration (September 22-28, 2024).  Staff at all types of libraries, schools, universities, and non-profit community organizations are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded for $1,000 and applications are accepted now through April 30, 2024.  

Grants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • IMAGINATION: What makes your plan unique? How have you integrated the concept of Freed Between the Lines? 
  • SCHEDULE/ACTION PLAN: Include key dates, responsibilities, and collaboration with other groups to carry out a creative project.
  • PR PLAN: What are the ways you will promote your event and who is your intended audience?  Do you have a media and social media plan?  How will your promotion be creative, unique and eye-catching?
  • BUDGET: Please detail your proposed budget. Institutions, and other groups they are working with, should partially contribute to the funding of proposed events rather than solely relying on the grant. Do not designate all of these grant funds for the purchase of books, or as an honorarium for one speaker.
  • EVALUATION: Detail how you will evaluate the success of your program.

To be eligible for a grant, organizations must not have been a recipient of an FTRF grant within the past five years. FTRF Founder Judith F. Krug was a fierce proponent of education and intellectual freedom.  During Krug’s lengthy career she worked non-stop to prevent censorship and protect First Amendment rights. 

Apply here or visit the Freedom to Read Foundation online to apply and learn more about past recipients and their projects through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund

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