VERVIEW: The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is a restricted fund of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and supports school-based libraries.
IP TAKE: The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries supports school libraries in the U.S. and its territories. Recent funding has prioritized schools that have sustained damages in hurricanes and wildfires. This funder runs an open application process through its website.
PROFILE: Established in 2002, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is a restricted fund of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Per the former first lady’s former profession as a school librarian, this foundation invests in “our Nation’s neediest schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning.”
The foundation's recent funding has been directed at schools that sustained damage in the hurricanes and California wildfires of 2017. To this end, the foundation has partnered with the Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative and several publishers of children's books and educational materials to refurbish libraries at affected schools. In Orange, Texas, Little Cyprus and Mauriceville Elementary Schools used funding to replace entire collections of printed materials.
Laura Bush Foundation grants generally range from $10,000 to $75,000, with larger grants awarded to libraries that have sustained severe damage. While recent funding has focused on disaster relief, all schools in the U.S. and its territories, including private, parochial, charter, special education, Native American reservation and detention center schools, are eligible for support. A searchable database of past grantees is available on the foundation's impact page.
This foundation accepts applications through its online portal on a rolling basis, with decisions announced in May of each year.
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