Grant Opportunity for Public Libraries and Literacy Councils

Oklahoma’s public libraries and adult literacy councils can play an important role in the 2020 U.S. Census, helping our state and our communities record the best possible count. The decennial head count is required by the U.S. Constitution and the results inform the distribution of federal funds to the states that impact everything from school lunch programs to medical assistance to education grants and transportation projects.

Public libraries and literacy councils can especially help reach the hard-to-count areas of their communities. 99% of hard-to-count census tracks are within five miles of a public library. Many adult learners in literacy programs fall into one or more of the undercounted populations. Therefore, public libraries and literacy councils in Oklahoma are uniquely positioned to help reach historically undercounted populations in their communities

Apply for Census Grant

Oklahoma public libraries and literacy councils may apply for a grant of up to $3,100.  Funding is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

This grant must be used to develop and/or strengthen local participation in the 2020 Census. Focus should be made to reach populations at risk for not responding. For additional information, examples of grant activities, and application instructions…

Institute of Museum and Library ServicesMade possible by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, October 30 - 10:00 a.m. Grant Conference Call - If you missed it, view Slides and Zoom Recording.
  • Tuesday, November 5 - Census Workshop for Libraries and Literacy Councils (This will be open to all libraries and literacy councils whether they plan to apply for a grant or not.)
  • Friday, November 15 - at 12 noon Deadline for grant applications.
  • Monday, December 2 - Grant awards announced.

Questions? Contact ODL Government Information Librarian Susan Woitte.