The Idaho Commission for Libraries (ICfL) is pleased to announce that public libraries throughout Idaho may now apply for the That All May Read Mini-Grant. This $1,000 grant is designed to assist libraries in building large-print collections, obtaining assistive technology, and/or providing outreach to people who are unable to read standard print or have difficulty holding a book due to a visual impairment, blindness, or other perceptual or physical disability. This grant helps libraries to build the capacity to better serve their communities. It also improves equitable access for Idahoans to information and reading materials in alternate formats.

This grant is being carried out in conjunction with the Talking Book Service (TBS), a free audiobook library service operated by the Idaho Commission for Libraries. There are more than 100,000 titles in the TBS collection. The TBS is available to any Idaho resident who is blind, has a perceptual or reading disability, or is unable to read standard print.

Submit Applications April 7 – May 6, 2022

Grant Period: May 15 – August 30, 2022

The goals of the grant include:

  • To improve equitable access to information and reading materials in alternative formats for those unable to read standard-print books.
  • To increase libraries’ understanding of the communities they serve and the potential difficulties community members might face in accessing or utilizing library resources such as standard-print books.
  • To increase the capacity of libraries to better serve this segment of the community.
  • To increase statewide awareness of the Idaho Talking Book Service.

Who can apply:

The library must obtain a non-proprietary Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) by registering in the System of Award Management (SAM). The UEI is required for grantees receiving federal funds administered by the ICfL and replaces the requirement for a DUNS number. Registering in SAM is free, see their website for more information: https://sam.gov/content/home.

Required Grant Activities:

  • Increase library services for people who are unable to read standard-print books and magazines. Activities such as purchasing large-print collections, obtaining assistive technology, or conducting outreach programs are all allowable.
  • Watch the “TBS Outreach Video 2021” video found on the ICfL Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d63asSh7VCg.
  • Complete a minimum of two activities during the grant period to promote the Idaho Talking Book Service. More information about the TBS can be found at https://libraries.idaho.gov/tbs/. See the section below titled “Help Promote the Talking Book Service” for ideas.

Allowable Expenditures. The following list includes allowable grant expenses. This is not an exhaustive or exclusive list. Applicants should contact the ICfL if they are unsure if their proposed idea/expenditure is allowable.

  • Large-print books, magazines, and print materials;
  • Audiobooks, audio magazines, and other audio recordings (that take the place of print media);
  • Assistive technology, equipment, or supplies to serve those with a reading-related disability (i.e. tablet, headphones);
  • Grant-related library displays, equipment, and materials, which are directly related to the purpose of the grant;
  • Promotional flyers, brochures, and marketing to inform community members of the library’s resources and activities related to the grant.

Non-allowable Expenditures. The following items are not allowable grant expenses:

  • Food and Beverages
  • Construction
  • Furniture

Grant Time Line:

  • Application period: April 7 – May 6, 2022
  • Awardees notified by May 15, 2022
  • Conduct approved grant activities from May 15 to August 30, 2022
  • Submit an interim report by July 15, 2022
  • Participate in a Zoom session with other awarded libraries to share experiences. Date to be determined in July/August.
  • Spend all grant funds by August 30, 2022
  • Submit a final report with purchase receipts by August 30, 2022

Application period: April 7 – May 6, 2022

Applications that meet grant requirements and provide sufficient responses will be awarded funding on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of libraries applying exceeds our funding availability, awards will be determined based on geographic location, to ensure distribution throughout Idaho, and completeness of responses to the narrative questions.

The online application must be completed in one sitting and cannot be saved for completion at a later time. We suggest drafting responses in a separate document prior to completing the online form. The full set of application questions can be viewed in the form prior to completing the application. The application must be signed and submitted with electronic signatures on or before May 6, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. MT. This application will serve as your official grant agreement if we notify you in writing that you have been approved for funding.

If you have questions about the grant or application process, please contact Talking Book Service Program Supervisor LeAnn Gelskey at leann.gelskey@libraries.idaho.gov, (208) 639-4148, or Grants/Contracts Officer Talela Florko at talela.florko@libraries.idaho.gov, (208) 639-4164.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

Grantees are required to submit a brief interim report by July 15, 2022.

We recommend preparing your answers prior to completing the online form, as you cannot save your progress until you hit the “Submit” button.

Please click here to access the interim report.

Grantees are required to submit the final report by August 30, 2022. This report will include financial, narrative, and feedback sections.

We recommend preparing your answers prior to completing the online form, as you cannot save your progress until you hit the “Submit” button.

Final Report

Awarded libraries should complete two activities during the grant period to help increase statewide awareness of the Idaho Talking Book Service. There are an estimated 40,000 Idahoans who are eligible to use the TBS who are not currently signed up. Visit the TBS webpage (https://libraries.idaho.gov/tbs/) to learn about this incredible free program! For tips and marketing materials, visit the “Promoting the TBS” webpage (https://libraries.idaho.gov/tbs/promoting-tbs/). Here are 10 easy ways to help spread the word about TBS:

  • Post about the Talking Book Service on your library’s social media networks. Share the TBS website and free resources provided by the program.
  • Present about the TBS at a local service club, organization, or church. Put a short blurb about the program in the organization’s bulletin or newsletter.
  • Call nursing home activity directors and see if you can schedule an activity or open house there.
  • Send an article to your local newspaper, write an editorial, or letter to the editor. When possible, include a quote from someone in the community who uses the service. Use the same article for community newsletters.
  • Take some TBS brochures to your local health care provider’s office.
  • Set up a table at a senior center lunch or event to promote the program and your library.
  • Contact your local Meals on Wheels service to see if you can include brochures in meal deliveries. Ask to present to volunteers.
  • Reach out to disability groups, special education teachers, or caregivers to let people know how they can sign up for the program.
  • Host a workshop at your library or online discussing the TBS and other library services.
  • Your great idea here! Who else do you know in your community who could help spread the word?
Grant Application

Grant Application

Application open April 7 – May 6, 2022

Click the button to complete the online grant application.

If you need a PDF copy of the application, please contact us.

Grant Application

If you have questions about this grant, please contact Talking Book Service Program Supervisor LeAnn Gelskey at leann.gelskey@libraries.idaho.gov, (208) 639-4148, or Grants/Contracts Officer Talela Florko at talela.florko@libraries.idaho.gov, (208) 639-4164.

This program is brought to you by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.