Pat Morris Communities Matter Initiative

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The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man. – T.S. Eliot

A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead. —Caitlin Moran

The Pat Morris

Communities Matter


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.

A Showcase of Recipients

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.

Application Deadlines

Applications for funding will be considered twice annually:

Spring Deadline:  February 15
Fall Deadline:  October 15

Decisions will be announced one month following the application deadline.

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. 

All grant requests must be submitted using the grant application form available on this site.

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