Boston Public Library Community Program Partnership Application

The Boston Public Library is seeking Community Program Partnerships for both the Central Library in Copley Square and the twenty-five neighborhood branches that support our activities, collections, and Compass: Strategic Plan for FY20. We encourage new and returning BPL Community Program Partners in Greater Boston to apply.

  1. Projects are for Fiscal Year 2020. Programs to take place July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020.
  2. All programs at the Boston Public Library are free and open to the public.
  3. Projects should align with the BPL’s activities, collections and Compass: Strategic Plan. Programming in the areas of arts & culture or education particularly focused on underserved populations, including immigrants, underemployed, or people experiencing homelessness.
  4. Projects that focus on social and racial equity, workforce development, citizenship, public health and civic engagement are also areas of high interest to the Library.
  5. Youth focused programs are also encouraged that focus on instilling a love of reading and learning, engage parents and/or caregivers to better support a learning environment for pre-k students, or engages children and/or teens in arts & culture, civics, STEAM, and/or 21st century skills.

Who is Eligible?

  1. Both individuals and organizations are eligible to apply.
  2. Previous program partners and grant recipients must reapply.


  1. To be considered for Fiscal Year 2020, please submit the application below by January 31, 2019.
  2. Decisions reached and organizations notified by mid-February 2019.

How will applications be evaluated?

  1. Acceptance of projects are based on strength of proposal to execute project, experience working with target audiences, and overlap with the Library’s mission and goals (as stated above).
  2. Preference is given to partnerships that serve multiple library locations.
  3. Preference given to programs that are at no cost to the Library. Cost sharing between applicant and Library an option (see application to provide details). The BPL has a limited budget to support projects.
  4. Preference given to programs that run throughout the year and are not simply one-off events.