December 2016 Recap

Legislative Updates:

Attorney General Opinions Update Webinar

Recent Attorney General Opinions potentially affecting libraries were discussed in this 30-minute webinar by MLC Library Services Bureau Director Tracy Carr.  That webinar is archived here:


Grants and Awards:

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards:

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are inviting applications for the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. Each of the 12 award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award at a ceremony at the White House.

After-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs—also known as Creative Youth Development programs—that are sponsored by museums, libraries, and performing arts organizations; educational institutions arts centers, community service organizations, and businesses; and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application.

For more information please check out the website: 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

Click the following link to access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application:

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:00 PM PST


Mississippi Humanities Council Bicentennial Grants:

As Mississippi marks 200 years of statehood in 2017, the Mississippi Humanities Council encourages communities across the state to reflect upon and celebrate our shared history and culture, while envisioning the future of Mississippi.

This grant program will make public funds available for bicentennial commemorations, projects and celebrations throughout Mississippi. Applications will be accepted on a monthly basis on the first of the month, beginning December 1, 2016, and continue through November 1, 2017 or until the money is gone.

Grants up to $10,000 will be awarded. There is a dollar-for-dollar match, but for grants up to $5000, the match can be in-kind. For every dollar above $5000, at least half the match has to be cash. Please let Tracy Carr know if you have any questions about this grant or about a potential bicentennial project your library is considering. And good luck!

2017 Margaret Murray Grant:

The application for the Friends of Mississippi Libraries Inc.’s Margaret Murray Grant is now open and available on the State Friends Webpage hosted by the Mississippi Library Commission or by accessing the form directly HERE.

Funds for this grant are earmarked for programming, collection development, and literacy activities. Funds are not intended for administrative or operational use. Grants for 2017 have been increased to $500 and three chapters are to be awarded. Successful applicants must agree to match grant funds at the minimum of 10% ($50.00).

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact Lacy Ellinwood at (601) 432-4154.

Deadline: February 24th, 2017.  Awards will be announced: April 3rd, 2017.


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