California Immigrant Alliance Project
Contact: Carolyn Brooks
California is home to more than 10 million immigrants. The latest available data show that nearly 27% of California's population is foreign born, about twice the US percentage overall.
Public libraries play a key role in welcoming and educating immigrants. The Immigrant Alliance Project was created to support libraries as they create, enhance, and extend services to immigrants and their families.
Bilingual Books Funding Opportunity
for California Public Libraries
This Funding Opportunity is now closed.
The California State Library is offering an opportunity to selected public libraries to receive funding to purchase bilingual and monolingual books in the languages listed below. The funding is limited and not all libraries that apply will receive funding.
This opportunity is offered on a first come, first serve basis. Based on the popular response to this program last summer, we expect more public libraries to apply that we will be able to fund.
Participation will be by jurisdiction. All jurisdictions are eligible.
Terms and procedures:
- This opportunity is for public libraries only, and is offered at the jurisdictional level. All jurisdictions are eligible. Individual branches should not apply. Funding will be offered in three tiers: Tier 1, $5,000; Tier 2, $7,500; and Tier 3, $10,000.
Participating libraries will receive their funding from this project on a reimbursement basis. To qualify for reimbursement, purchases must be for bilingual books or monolingual books for pre-K through 6th grade, in English and one of the following languages:
Arabic Korean Chinese Russian Farsi Spanish Hindi Tagalog Khmer Vietnamese
A bilingual book is defined as a book produced in English with corresponding text in another language from the list above on opposing pages. Contact the project coordinator (see below) with questions about eligibility of materials.
A monolingual book is defined as a book produced in one of the languages listed above. English-only books may not be purchased with this funding.
- Libraries may use these funds to cover minor vendor processing costs, such as book jackets.
- Libraries may use whatever vendors they choose to obtain the bilingual books and the libraries are to submit this Book Vendor Letter to any vendor they select so that the vendors may be fully cognizant of the book and funding requirements. All books must be received by the ordering library no later than July 31st. No backorders will be allowed.
Each library must purchase their materials and submit a list of purchases and associated delivery receipts to the funding agent by Tuesday, July 31, 2018:
Libraries will be required to submit original invoices and delivery packing lists with each title clearly listed.
Libraries will pay book vendors directly for their books. Book vendors will NOT bill the funding agent. The funding agent will provide funds directly to the libraries upon receipt of the original invoices, delivery packing lists, and completed forms (each library will receive these forms from the funding agent).
Questions? Contact Jeremy Wilson, Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.