January 1, 2018

The American Indian Library Association and the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association are now accepting applications for the ‘Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture’ Grant. Talk Story is a literacy program that caters to American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) and Asian Pacific American (APA) children and their families, celebrating their stories through books, storytelling, and art. Once again, AILA and APALA have partnered on the grant program and allocated funding to libraries and community organizations to help them implement programs. The Talk Story Grant is funded through the generous support of Toyota Financial Services.

Applications and eligibility details can be found at

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Grant Amount:  $750

Grant Period:  May 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018

For more information, please contact:

  • Katrina Nye, APALA Co-Chair: ationgirl[@]
  • Xuemin Zhong, APALA Co-Chair: xueminzhong[@]
  • Liana Juliano, AILA Co-Chair: lj2116[@]

Program Overview
Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures.

Libraries and community organizations that serve APA and/or AIAN children and their families are eligible to apply. We encourage libraries and community organizations to work together on a Talk Story program. 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.

Please submit a complete and detailed application including a Statement of Need, Narrative, and Proposed Budget. Please describe the program your library or community organization would do with the award and what types of programs highlighting APA or AIAN cultures you are interested in planning for your community.

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

Deadline and Application
Applications must be received by Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Awards will be announced by Saturday, March 31, 2018.

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