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Grants to USA Community Organizations and Libraries for Storytelling Programs for Indigenous Populations

Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture Grant

GrantWatch ID# 173301
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and American Indian Library Association (AILA)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/15/23 11:59 PM AoE Save

Grant Description
Grants of $500 to USA and territories community organizations and libraries serving families and children for storytelling programs. Funding is intended for programs that explore and celebrate Asian/Pacific American and American Indian and Alaska Native communities through oral traditions, books, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience.

Applications will be reviewed by the APALA and AILA joint Family Literacy Focus committees. Awardees will be selected from amongst completed applications. Selection is based upon creativity and originality of the implementation of the Talk Story program, accuracy in portrayal of APIA/AIAN cultures, and financial need. Selection will also be based upon involvement of the library, community, and community organizations as participants, leaders, and promoters of the proposed Talk Story program. Preference will be given to proposals that reflect the core values of family literacy, intergenerational programming and service, and cultural literacy, and representation of APIA and AIAN identities and communities. Projects that actively disrupt stereotypes, decenter colonialism, and hold space for APIA/AIAN agency will be heavily considered.

Funds may be used to purchase library materials such as books, audiovisual materials, supplies for activities/crafts, programming costs such as hiring a storyteller, etc. 

  • At least 25% of funds must be used for library materials.
  • No more than 10% of funds may be used for refreshments and decorations.
  • Funds must be used to support at least one APIA or AIAN themed program for children and their families at the institution that receives the grant. Funds may be used for virtual programming.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Libraries and community organizations that serve API/APIA or AIAN children and their families are eligible to apply. With the exception of cross-border tribal organizations, all organizations must be based in the United States or U.S. territories.

Organizations who have previously been awarded two Talk Story grants are ineligible for additional awards.

Pre-Application Information
- Applications must be received by March 15, 2023 11:59pm AoE
- Awards will be announced by May 1, 2023
- Funds must be used by November 30, 2023
- Grant reports must be submitted by December 31, 2023

You may apply for either an APALA grant or an AILA grant. You may not apply to both organizations.

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Number of Grants
Grants offered: 4 total, 2 by each organization

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant Amount: $500

Term of Contract
Funds must be used by November 30, 2023.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For questions about Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture, contact:
- Asian Pacific American Librarians Association: Sarah Nguyễn, Patty Sumire McGowan, and Becky Leathersich at
- American Indian Library Association: Richenda Hawkins at

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