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.
- Projects are for Fiscal Year 2020. Programs to take place July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020.
- All programs at the Boston Public Library are free and open to the public.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Both individuals and organizations are eligible to apply.
- Previous program partners and grant recipients must reapply.
- To be considered for Fiscal Year 2020, please submit the application below by January 31, 2019.
- Decisions reached and organizations notified by mid-February 2019.
How will applications be evaluated?
- 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).
- Preference is given to partnerships that serve multiple library locations.
- 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.
- Preference given to programs that run throughout the year and are not simply one-off events.