A Trove of Resources to Help You Get an Audiobook Grant

AudiobookerDo you need to supplement shrinking funds? Are you exploring grants to help integrate audiobooks into your school or library collection? Add the links below to your arsenal of facts and stats to impress evaluators with your audiobook savvy.

Tales2Go has plenty of helpful resources, from a great overview of format and service provider options in Audio Books for Kids: The Right Choice for Schools to a nuts-and-bolts basic guide to finding grant possibilities.

Sound Learning InfographicThe Audio Publishers Association’s Sound Learning initiative has terrific research to back up your grant request in this bibliography, as well as a freely downloadable infographic to add dazzle to your presentation.

You’ll also find lots of support for audiobooks in Listening Library’s Audiobook and Literacy Toolbox.

Library Journal’s Materials Survey 2017 shows the strong growth of audiobook borrowing in 2016, which will provide punch to your request for funds to satisfy booming patron request for the audio format.

Scholastic has a great round-up in Library Grants for funding sources for educational and literacy initiatives.

If you are also looking for technology for accessing audiobooks by those with identified disabilities, take a look at the Assistive Technology Industry Association’s AT Resources Funding Guide.

Need more help, including sample grants? Explore the Grantspace website for FAQs, a free grant writing class, and—best of all—a free downloadable audiobook, The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing by Jane C. Geever, created in collaboration with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.

And don’t forget to spread the news about the absolutely FREE downloadable audiobooks to keep forever from SYNC. Starting April 27th, get two free audios a week all summer long!

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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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