Pat Morris Communities Matter Initiative

Learn. Connect. Flourish.

We are accepting applications for The Communities Matter: Library Support Grant. See full details below. Deadline October 15, 2020.

Breaking News:  So proud to announce that 22 Libraries have been supported through the Caring for Communities: Pandemic Flash Fund.   

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The Pat Morris

Communities Matter Initiative

We are delighted to unveil the Pat Morris Communities Matter Initiative.  Honoring the late Pat Morris, this new initiative celebrates her love of ideas and learning and the dialectic and tutelage that emerges between reading and living.  Her commitment to service and community creation, have inspired us to focus the Communities Matter initiative toward supporting what we believe is the life-force of small communities: libraries.  Through their collections, programming, and dedicated people, libraries in small communities bring people together to learn, to reflect, to imagine, and to connect. They allow us to grow in ways un-imagined and provide refuge in times of need. They open the door to the world of ideas, allowing us to converse with history and debate our future.  They support our dreams, open our minds, and give us strength with which to venture into the world.

It is with humility and gratitude to all that libraries offer communities, that we dedicate this initiative to helping support their programming, extend their collections or support their outreach.

The Pat Morris Communities Matter Initiative allowed us to significantly expand our eBook collection during the pandemic, and provide many homebound patrons in our community with access to materials during an unprecedented time. In a difficult year, it also helped us celebrate inclusion, diversity, and joy with a family-friendly storytime program, led by drag queen/king performers. None of this would have been possible with the support of this initiative and we are extremely grateful for funding that recognizes the important role libraries play in small communities. We might be small, but we can have an incredible impact on people’s lives and that was made possible through this grant. Thank you!. – Monique Fiedler, Library Manager, Didsbury Municipal Library

A Showcase of Recipients

Thank you to the Kimberley Foundation for their funding toward our Summer Programming. The Kimberley Grant allowed us to connect with our community and provide a quality program for more than 80 children. To small town libraries that depend on grants and donations for their programming, this grant is an amazing asset. – Dian Campbell, Branch Librarian, Shellbrook Public Library

Communities Matter

Library Support Grant for Small Communities

Who Can Apply?

Any small Canadian community library serving a population of 10,000 or less that is registered as a “Qualified Donee” under the Canada Revenue Agency is eligible to apply.

What is Eligible?

Grant requests (typically of no greater than $10,000) will be considered for one or more of the following:

  • library acquisitions including physical collections, on-line or digital resources;
  • public literary events, literacy initiatives, book clubs, etc.;
  • workshops, presentations, guest speakers, etc.
  • programming (general or that targeted to groups such as seniors, teens, children, new community members, etc.);
  • outreach initiatives to enable the library to further its impact in and beyond the community;
  • other specific initiatives may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Application Deadlines:

Spring Deadline: February 15
Fall Deadline:  October 15

Caring for Communities

Pandemic Flash Fund for Small Libraries

So Proud To Support 22 Libraries through this Initiative

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