Muslim Journeys and Peacebuilding Grants Available

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office is announcing a new funding opportunity for prospective applicants for the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys program. The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Institute of International Education (IIE) have launched a new public education initiative, U.S. Institute of Peace Public Education for Peacebuilding Support. Through this effort, USIP will support up to 250 organizations, including public libraries, community college, and academic libraries, enabling them to hold events that promote the understanding of peacebuilding and international conflict resolution. Eligible institutions may apply by November 1 to receive up to $2,000 in matching support for programming. A second round of applications will be accepted by May 1, 2013.

The ALA Public Programs Office encourages Bridging Cultures Bookshelf applicants to apply for USIP Public Education for Peacebuilding Support, in order to secure matching funds for lectures, panel discussions, forums, and other public events that highlight the Muslim Journeys theme and collection materials, while addressing the goals of the USIP Peacebuilding initiative. Libraries may use the Bookshelf collection grant, valued at $1,000, as well as staff time spent on programming activities toward USIP’s matching requirement.

The ALA Public Programs Office is partnering with the National Endowment for the Humanities on the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf. Available to public, academic, and community college libraries, the program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. Eligible libraries must host one public event that introduces Muslim Journeys Bookshelf themes to the library’s patrons and broader community. In January 2013, up to 1,000 sites will be selected to receive the Bookshelf, which includes:

  • a collection of 25 books that highlight the pluralism of cultural forms and traditions within the Muslim World;
  • three documentary films with public performance rights;
  • a one-year subscription to Oxford Islamic Studies Online, which will allow libraries access to primary source documents and current works of scholarship;
  • bonus resources to support programs for public audiences, including thematic essays, discussion questions, podcasts, and proprietary film and Internet content;
  • materials to support program promotion, including bookmarks, posters, and bookplates.

Applications for the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf will be accepted online through October 25.