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MCLS offering collection development mini-grants to Indiana school libraries

MCLS is offering up to twenty $500 collection development mini-grants to school libraries in Indiana that are MCLS members.

These funds are being made available through a grant program established by the MCLS Board of Trustees from the proceeds of the sale of the former INCOLSA building.  $50,000 per year for the next five years will be made available on July 1 of each year. MCLS will announce future grant opportunities as funds become available. MCLS has already distributed $40,000 in 2015 to 23 individuals in 13 Indiana libraries for attendance at the Harwood/ALA Public Innovators Lab, which was held in Detroit, MI in October 2015.

The goal of the collection development mini grants is to assist school libraries that have limited materials budgets and demonstrate real need to add new materials to their collection.  Materials may be in any format needed.

Funding eligibility

  • Applicant must be an Indiana school district library that is an MCLS member. Non-member libraries may fill out an MCLS membership application to become eligible.
  • Only one application per school district will be accepted.
  • Awards will be based on need.


  • The Application deadline is December 30, 2015.
  • We will send notification and mail a check to grant recipients (payable to the school district) by January 15, 2016.

The application


Questions regarding the grant should be sent to Michelle Bradley, MCLS Community Engagement Librarian, at, or call her at 800-530-9019 ext. 125.

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