The Neal-Schuman Foundation has established a new grant program. Awards ranging from $250-$1,000 are available to support innovative conference programming by state and regional library associations. Preference will be given to programs that focus on increasing public support for libraries, help librarians and library supporters communicate the importance of libraries and librarians, seek to improve library funding, or influence public policy about libraries and information-related issues.

The Neal-Schuman Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation formed to aid, assist, and promote research and educational activities for the improvement of library and information services. Founded by Patricia Glass Schuman and John Vincent Neal in 2000, the Foundation has awarded research and program grants to Friends of Library USA , the Knowledge River Program at the University of Arizona 's School of Information Resources and Library Science, and the Sara Fine Institute at the University of Pittsburgh 's School of Information Sciences.

In announcing funding priorities for 2005-2006, Patricia Glass Schuman said: "For 2005-2006, we are focusing on the grassroots. By awarding grants to state and regional library associations, we hope to help bring the library message to local librarians and library supporters."


A grant application is attached to this announcement. Grant applications should be returned to The Foundation by October 15, 2005. The Foundation will select and announce winners by November 15, 2005. For more information, please contact Charles Harmon at 212-925-8650, x310 or e-mail


The Neal-Schuman Foundation

100 William Street, Suite 2004

New York, NY 10038

Phone: 212-925-8650, x310

Fax: 212-219-8916



Application for Conference Programming Grants


Name of State or Regional Library Association: __________________________


Contact Person: ___________________________________________________


Address: _________________________________________________________


City/State/Zip: ____________________________________________________


Telephone: _____________________________ Fax: ___________________


E-mail: _________________________________________________________


We are applying for funding in the amount of $_____ (between $250-$1,000) to

support ______________________________________________________

[title of program] to be held at our conference during _______________ [dates of conference].


Please attach a sheet indicating the following:

1. Program Title

2. Sponsor(s)

3. Program Goals

4. Description of Program

5. Speakers

6. Estimated Attendance

7. Budget Details (how funds requested would be used)


To be eligible, applications must be received by October 15, 2005.

Winners will be announced by November 15, 2005.


For further information, contact Neal-Schuman at one of the following:

Phone: 212-925-8650, ext. 310

Fax: 212-219-8916