Innovation in Libraries Grant

Library Pipeline’s Innovation Committee has partnered with the Awesome Foundation to found an Innovation in Libraries chapter that will be the organizing hub of an exciting, new, grassroots grant opportunity.

Here’s how it will work: each month, innovative, library-related projects will apply for a $1,000 grant. These grants are funded by librarians, for librarians–a community of twenty “trustees” will give or direct $50/month each towards projects they deem worthy of support.

Award recipients will be asked to report back publicly on what worked, what didn’t, and what they learned–as well as to make the results of their efforts openly available to others to reuse in communities across the world.

Apply for a Grant

On 1 March 2017, the Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation chapter will begin accepting grant proposals for both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. For more information, visit the Awesome Foundation website or check out our funding criteria. To apply, submit your application on the Awesome Foundation website.

Grant applications due by the 15th of each month, with awardees announced by the 1st of the following month.

Apply now

Past Recipients

Apply to be a Trustee

We are recruiting trustees from around the world who are committed to supporting work that suggests creative solutions, proposes a new way of thinking about library services, and supports under-served and diverse communities.

Trustees come in two flavors:

  • General trustees, who have the means to make a monthly personal contribution of $50 USD to fund chosen projects, and
  • Sponsored trustees*, whose funding dollars are provided by a generous group of visionaries in our field.

All trustees participate monthly in the micro-grant selection process (requiring less than 1 hour/month worth of work) for an initial term of six months.

Check out our current list of trustees on the Awesome Foundation chapter page.

You do not have to be a member of Library Pipeline to serve as a trustee.

Apply now

Applications for the six-month pilot funding period ended 15 February 2017. You can still apply to join the waitlist.

* For more information on becoming a sponsored trustee, email Robin at


We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of our sponsors, whose funding has made it possible for librarians from all walks of life to serve as trustees.

Brett Bonfield
Robin Champieux
Josh Finnell
Emily Ford
Carl Grant
Courtney Greene-McDonald
Bonnie Tijerina