ALISE Community conn@ct Mini-Grants

The ALISE Community conn@CT began as a space at the 2015 ALISE Conference and centennial celebration, for ALISE members to connect with social justice organizations and each other to create and innovate solutions to advance their mission. The idea arose out of brainstorming and initial development by Kendra Albright, Clara M. Chu, Nicole Cooke, Bharat Mehra, Gwendolyn Prellwitz, and Tonyia J. Tidline. Rae-­Anne Montague, then, organized and moderated the ALISE Community conn@CT conference session that included the participation of the following four Chicago community organizations:

A competitive mini-­grant program was designed to advance the ALISE Community conn@CT initiative, and funding has been provided by H.W. Wilson. The ALISE Community conn@CT mini-­grants ($750) support ALISE members to address a library and information need of a social justice organization through community engagement (in a collaborative manner).

Application Process:

ALISE members are invited to submit a proposal that will use a community-­engaged approach to address a library and information need of a social justice organization. The proposed project may be focused on research, teaching (service learning), and/or practice/application (e.g., resource development, training, program, etc.).

Each application should be submitted as a PDF document to Kendra Albright with the following information:

  • Applicant(s): Name(s), title(s), affiliation(s), email(s), phone(s)
  • Project Narrative (no more than 2 pages):
  • Topic, objective(s), description, method, implications, and impact
  • Budget and budget justification (1 page)
  • Social Justice Organization Collaboration Letter

Timeline: 
Proposals due: February 28, 2017
Winners notified: March 31, 2017
Progress update: August 31, 2017
2018 ALISE Conference Presentation, February 2018

Selection Process:

The ALISE Community conn@CT Committee members (Kendra Albright, Clara M. Chu (Chair) and Bharat Mehra) will review applications and select winners, for approval by the ALISE Board using the following criteria:
  • Relevance of project to mini-­grant program
  • Significance of project to social justice organization’s library and information needs
  • Scope and extent of community engagement
  • Impact on research, teaching, and/or practice
  • Potential for serving as a model for progressive community action in LIS
  • Appropriateness of method
  • Appropriateness of budget
  • Clearly written

Grant Recipient Requirement

Grant recipients are expected to present their work at a session during the 2018 ALISE Conference.  All costs of conference travel will be the responsibility of the grant recipients.  Each grant recipient will be awarded complimentary conference registration.