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Call for Applications: ALA RUSA Division’s Stephen T. Riedner Grant for Life Enhancing Library Programs for People Living with Dementia (Deadline Fri., Feb. 11)

(via Mary Beth Riedner, retired)

Applications are now being accepted for a new grant to encourage libraries to begin or expand their services to those living with dementia. Two $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2022.

The grant, entitled the Stephen T. Riedner Grant for Life Enhancing Library Programs for People Living with Dementia, is being administered by ALA’s RUSA Division. You do not need to be a member of ALA or RUSA to apply, however. More information about how to apply can be found here.

Grant submissions could include, but are not limited to, the following topics.

  • ​inclusion – welcoming this population into the library/community
  • staff dementia awareness training
  • person-centered focus – address their unique needs as individuals with their own interests, abilities, and history
  • literacy activities that promote the use of books and reading as at least one component of programming (which of course can include art, music, exercise, nature, etc. as well)
  • academic research into reading and dementia
  • developing partnerships with local organizations that also serve those living with dementia

The grant nomination process is simple, but there is a deadline of Friday, February 11. Please feel free to apply for this seed funding to help turn your creative ideas into reality!

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