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Support ALA's Cultural Communities Fund

Libraries are champions of lifelong learning— places to quench curiosities, access technology, and explore new ideas, hobbies and careers.

But extraordinary library programs— the type of library programs our communities need and deserve— require funding and training that some libraries struggle to afford.

Created by the ۰̨ͼ’s Public Programs Office in 2004 with a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities; the endowment has since grown to $3.2 million. Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) supports excellence and innovation in community-focused library programming through grants, awards, and professional development, and helps to fund the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, and the Sara Jaffarian Library Program Award

How can I support the Cultural Communities Fund?

Please join our network of CCF supporters— including more than 500 library professionals, foundations and corporations— by today. You can designate your gift to support a specific grantor award (listed below) or you can give an unrestricted gift, and we will use your donation where it is needed most.


Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant

ճis an annual grant to recognize, promote, and support innovative and meaningful community engagement efforts in libraries. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with community members – be they library patrons, residents, faculty, students, or local organizations – to address issues for the betterment of the community.

The Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant was made possible by former ۰̨ͼpresident and longtime generous supporter Nancy Kranich, with additional contributions raised by solicitations and a matching opportunity in 2017.

To designate your gift in support of the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, please click "Add a tribute or memorial to my donation" when and enter "LTCEG."


Peggy Barber Tribute Grant

The is an annualprogramming grant named after Margaret "Peggy"Barber, a transformative leader in ۰̨ͼand the library field who was behind the creation of National Library Week and the Celebrity READ series.The $2,500 grant is open to public, academic, K-12, tribal and special libraries and helps to support meaningful programs with limited programming budgets.

The Peggy Barber Tribute Grant was made possible by friends and colleagues of Peggy, who donated to CCF in her name after she passed away in2019.

To designate your gift in support of the Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, please click "Add a tribute or memorial to my donation" when and enter "Peggy Barber."


Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award

The recognizes excellence in humanities programming in libraries that serve children in grades K-8.

The $5,000 award, which recognizes the late school librarian Sara Jaffarian,ispresented annually by the ۰̨ͼPublic Programs Officein cooperation with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

To designate your gift in support of the Jaffarian Award, please click "Add a tribute or memorial to my donation" when and enter "Jaffarian."


Unrestricted Gifts

With the generosity of individual and corporate donors, the Cultural Communities Fundhas grown to $3million, providing crucial support for:

  • grants and awards, including those listed above,that recognize excellence and promote innovation
  • professional development opportunities, both in-person and online, for library workers at libraries of all types
  • , ALA's online community dedicated to library programs

Your unrestricted gift allows ALAto support the above areas in the ways that are needed most at this time.


This page is brought to you by the ۰̨ͼ’s Public Programs Office. If you have questions about donating tothe Cultural Communities Fund, please email us at publicprograms@ala.org. Thank you for your support!