External Funding Opportunities

This page compiles a range of external funding opportunities available for library and information science students and for libraries. For funding opportunities from OLA, click here.

Library & Information Sciences Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

Scholarships

The Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Committee has compiled a list of library and information sciences scholarships and funding opportunities (Last updated February 2021)

Scholarships for Indigenous Students

Canadian Association of Research Libraries

  • Research in Librarianship Grant – The Research in Librarianship Grant was designed to support librarians’ active engagement in research activities. It is intended to support projects involving structured, evidence-based research, which propose answers to real-world issues.
  • Applicants may apply to one of two categories; the Practicing Librarian Grant or the Library and Information Studies Graduate Student Grant.

Grants for Libraries

Canadian Association of Research Libraries

  • Research in Librarianship Grant – The Research in Librarianship Grant was designed to support librarians’ active engagement in research activities. It is intended to support projects involving structured, evidence-based research, which propose answers to real-world issues.
  • Applicants may apply to one of two categories; the Practicing Librarian Grant or the Library and Information Studies Graduate Student Grant.

Canadian Heritage Grants:

Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Granting Organizations for Libraries

Grants for First Nation Public Libraries – List Compiled by OLS

For more information on grants that may be available, please consult:

  • Charity Village for comprehensive guide of government funding programs.
  • Check bank web sites
  • Check your community-based supports: Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce.

Do you know of a funding opportunity to support libraries? Please contact Sarah Roberts, Advocacy & Research Officer, OLA to tell us about it.

Last updated April 2021*