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California State Library’s Student Author Program Grants Available

CALL FOR APPLICANTS: The California State Library invites public libraries, schools, and nonprofits to apply for the new Student Author Program, established by legislation in 2018. The new grant program promotes writing projects among public school aged youth from low-income communities in California.

Applicants will submit two-year proposals, for FY 19-20 and FY 20-21, with the second year of funding to grantees contingent upon successful completion of Year One.

Up to $500,000 total is available per year ($1,000,000 over the two years of the program).

Grant recipients selected in this program will establish a student author program to provide participants an opportunity to write, edit, and promote a short story or other forms of literature. A grant recipient should provide regular, sequential student author workshops that parallel or complement school calendars, such as quarterly, semester, or summer and vacation-intensive programs that include, but are not limited to, the following components:

  • writing and editing, including instruction in the skills necessary for creative writing;
  • publishing an anthology;
  • marketing, media, and community relations; individual and group presentations; and community-based book signing events.

Additional information, including requirements for the project plan and evaluation plan, and applications are available at http://www.library.ca.gov/Services/To-Public/Student-Author/. Applications are due by 5 pm on Thursday, April 18, 2019.

webinar for prospective applicants will be held on Wednesday, February 27, at 2 pm PT. Sign-in details are at the end of this email. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, contact Bev Schwartzberg at beverly.schwartzberg@library.ca.gov. We encourage you to share information about the project with community partners, including nonprofits, schools, writing programs, and other interested parties.

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