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Applications Open for 2024 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Programming Grants

  • 1.  Applications Open for 2024 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Programming Grants

    Posted Apr 05, 2024 10:00 AM
    Edited by Jennifer Habley Apr 08, 2024 10:20 AM

    rovides grants to organizations that raise awareness of censorship during Banned Books Week.


    Applications Open for 2024 Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund Programming Grants

    Each year the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) distributes grants to organizations to support activities that raise awareness of intellectual freedom and censorship issues during the annual Banned Books Weeks celebration (September 22-28, 2024).  Staff at all types of libraries, schools, universities, and non-profit community organizations are encouraged to apply. Grants are awarded for $1,000 and applications are accepted now through April 30, 2024.  

    Grants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

    • IMAGINATION: What makes your plan unique? How have you integrated the concept of the freedom to read? 
    • SCHEDULE/ACTION PLAN: Include key dates, responsibilities, and collaboration with other groups to carry out a creative project.
    • PR PLAN: What are the ways you will promote your event and who is your intended audience?  Do you have a media and social media plan?  How will your promotion be creative, unique and eye-catching?
    • BUDGET: Please detail your proposed budget. Institutions, and other groups they are working with, should partially contribute to the funding of proposed events rather than solely relying on the grant. Do not designate all of these grant funds for the purchase of books, or as an honorarium for one speaker.
    • EVALUATION: Detail how you will evaluate the success of your program.


    To be eligible for a grant, organizations must not have been a recipient of an FTRF grant within the past five years. FTRF Founder Judith F. Krug was a fierce proponent of education and intellectual freedom.  During Krug's lengthy career she worked non-stop to prevent censorship and protect First Amendment rights. 

    Apply here or visit the Freedom to Read Foundation online to apply and learn more about past recipients and their projects through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.  Contact Joyce McIntosh at jmcintosh@ala.org or Karen Gianni at kgianni@ala.org with questions.

     Apply now with this application.