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.

Scholarships

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

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.

List of Additional Public Library Granting Organizations. List Compiled by OLS-N

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

Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

  • Skills Catalyst Fund – To support new and existing high-impact projects/pilots addressing Highly Skilled Workforce priorities.

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

  • Transfer Payments Ontario: for grants provided by a number of Government of Ontario ministries.
  • 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 December 2019*