Outreach Mini-Grants

The Basics:

The Outreach Mini-Grant is administered by the Mid-Hudson Library System using NYS Outreach Categorical Aid funds from the NYS Library Division of Library Development. These funds will be used to award up to $2,000 each to member libraries who wish to develop programs and services to connect to target outreach populations at the local level.

Outreach target populations are those who are educationally disadvantaged, members of ethnic or minority groups in need of special library services, unemployed, blind, physically disabled, have developmental or learning disabilities, or who are aged or confined in institutions.

Libraries who participate in this grant will be required to identify a target population in their community that falls into the above outreach categories. They will need to provide a project description, timeline, budget, and information on any community partners that may be involved. Libraries who participate will also need to submit an evaluation that measures the success of their project.

This mini-grant is contingent on 2018 funding by New York State.

Applications for the grant were due on May 31st, 2019. Libraries were notified of their approval status in June 2019.

Libraries who were approved must send in the Receipt Form with all receipts attached (dated January 1, 2019 – November 1, 2019) on or before November 14, 2019, for reimbursement. You must have also completed the online final report survey.


2019 Receipt Form

2019 Final Report



What can I spend the grant money on?

You can spend the grant money on:

  • Contracts for programs/trainers/tutors/assistive services
  • Library personnel costs to support improved library service to outreach target groups
  • Library materials
  • Project equipment
  • Project supplies
  • Project publicity
  • Other purposes directly related to project success

What are the due dates for the grant?

  • Intent to apply form: Due March 15th, 2019
  • Grant application: Due May 31st, 2019
  • Libraries are notified of approval status: June 14th, 2019
  • Receipts and reports due to MHLS: November 15th, 2019


More questions? Contact Courtney Wimmers at cwimmers@midhudson.org or 845-471-6060 x 253


Examples of innovative 2018 Outreach Mini-Grant projects:

  • Adriance ($1,960): Start a Big Read book club for people with special needs.
  • Beekman ($1,620), Chatham ($1,921), Hurley ($1,800): Teach digital literacy.
  • Grinnell ($1,800): Host sign language classes.
  • Highland ($1,960): Create a mobile outreach program.
  • Howland ($900): Host a social time for children with autism/ sensory or socialization challenges.
  • Kinderhook ($1,800): Collaborate with local schools to reach out to ESL students and families.
  • Olive ($1,800): Reach out to homebound patrons with a bookmobile.
  • Philmont (1,960): Hold programs at a nursing home.
  • Mahopac ($1,718): Buy and circulate wireless hotspots for patrons who don’t have internet at home.

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