Grants for libraries

1,229 libraries received at least $13.0 million in grants for the most recent fiscal year. This includes 1,584 grants made from 1,150 grantmaking organizations, with a median grant amount of $1,000. Of these 1,150 foundations, 85% made just a single grant to libraries, and 2% made grants to four or more libraries. This analysis is based on grantmakers that e-file their Form 990s, and likely is an undercount of grants.
$12,968,267
Total grant dollars given to libraries
1,584
Number of grants made annually to libraries
1,150
Number of grantmakers funding libraries
$1,000
Median grant size to libraries

Foundations that support libraries

Out of all grants made to libraries, 81% came from small foundations with less than $10 million in assets. The top 10 grantmakers accounted for 80% of the dollar-value of grants to libraries. Foundations funding libraries also made grants to historical societies, universities, high schools, food banks, and history museums.

Foundation size

Foundation sizeNumber of grantmakers
Small
 
933
Medium
 
129
Large
 
88
Small foundations have <$10M in assets. Medium foundations have $10M to $50M in assets. Large foundations have >$50M in assets.

Foundation type

Foundation typeNumber of grantmakers
Community
 
30
Private
 
1,016
Corporate
 
58
Other
 
46

Grants made

Grants made to librariesNumber of grantmakers
1
 
978
2-3
 
142
4-10
 
27
11+
 
3

Top 10 foundations supporting libraries

GrantmakerStateGeographic focusPercent of grant dollars to librariesNumber of grants made to librariesMedian grant size
The Rhode Island FoundationRIMetro0.2%61$1,000
Dollar General Literacy FoundationTNNational0.6%57$1,075
Abbvie FoundationILNational0.0%15$40
Mcinroy-Sheffer People Trust TaNYMetro18.9%10$500
Alliant Energy FoundationWIState0.3%9$400
Shell Oil Company FoundationTXNational0.0%9$315
Vermont Humanities CouncilVTState10.6%8$5,000
The Troy FoundationOHMetro0.2%8$707
Kurz Family FoundationNYMetro0.4%8$1,000
Benevolent Association of PottsvillePAState26.4%7$1,500

Libraries grantees

Libraries with more than $5 million in total revenues received 85% of all grant dollars. These larger organizations accounted for 21% of all libraries.

Grant amounts

Size of grantNumber of grants
<$10k
 
1,582
$10k-$25k
 
0
$25k-$100k
 
0
$100k+
 
2

Grant amount by grantee size

Grantee annual revenueMedian grant size
<$100k
 
$1,000
$100k-$500k
 
$1,000
$500k-$1M
 
$1,000
$1M-$5M
 
$1,000
>$5M
 
$1,000

Grantee states

State of granteeNumber of grants
New York
 
302
Pennsylvania
 
260
Connecticut
 
141
Rhode Island
 
91
Other
 
790

Grantee metros

Metro area of granteeNumber of grants
New York City
 
203
Providence
 
91
Bridgeport
 
79
Pittsburgh
 
59
Other
 
774

Top 25 grants made to libraries

GranteeGrant sizePurposeGrantmaker
American Antiquarian Society (AAS)$5,200,000To Collect, Preserve, and Make Available for Study the Printed Record of What Is Now the United States of America From First European Settlement Through the Year 1876.The Zande Foundation
New York Public Library (NYPL)$5,000,000Pledged Gift To Support the Library's Capital CampaignMJS Foundation
American Antiquarian Society (AAS)$5,000Antiquarian HallThe Albert J Gifford Charitable Trust
Camden Library Association$5,000Family Literacy PartnerDollar General Literacy Foundation
Friends of the North Canton Public Library$5,000Exempt PurposeHoover W Henry Fund Ta 20-0221200
Tyrone Area Public Library$5,000Program AssistanceAlbemarle Foundation
New York Society Library Trustees$5,000EducationalMarion Cohen Memorial Foundation
American Library in Paris$5,000General Operating SupportJ M Kaplan Fund
Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)$5,000Clinton Hill Library ProgrammingJ M Kaplan Fund
Friends of the Jackson County Public Library$5,000General SupportAdvisors Charitable Gift Fund
Upstate Family Resource Center$5,000General SupportSpartanburg County Foundation
Recording Library of West Texas$5,000Operating SupportThe Henry Foundation
Friend Memorial Public Library$5,000General OperatingJohnson Robert K Foundation-Main
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP)$5,000EducationPittsburgh Penguins Foundation
Hartford Public Library$5,000Educational FundTS Kim Architectural Fellowship Foundation
The Board of Trustees of the Norwalk Public Library$5,000OperationsThe Twenty First Century Foundation
New York Public Library (NYPL)$5,000Annual ContributionBlau Family Foundation / Jeff T Blau Ttee
Friends of the Philipsburg Library$5,000General OperatingHeadwaters Health Foundation of Western Montana
Rochester Public Library$5,000Unrestricted GiftThe Riedman Foundation
Consource$5,000Educational Programs & Other Student SVCGoldman Sachs Gives
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP)$5,000EducationThe Clark Hunter Foundation
Bucks County Free Library$5,000Support All of the Bensalem Branch's Programs & ServicesAlbert W Bader Foundation
Glatfelter Memorial Library$5,000General Operating SupportPhiladelphia Foundation (PF)
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library$5,000SFPL Children & Youth Literacy ProgramsThe William G Gilmore Foundation
The Community Library Association$5,000GeneralThe Shafran Family Foundation
Methodology: To determine grants and grantees, Cause IQ analyzes electronically-filed Form 990, Form 990-EZ, and Form 990-PF financial disclosure documents, matching grantees to specific organizations using EINs and fuzzy matching logic. The "Libraries" category for this page is determined by the "B70: Libraries, Library Science" National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code. Cause IQ determines NTEEs for organizations by its own internally-developed secret-sauce algorithms.