ASA-Funded Book Donation Projects

Deadline: April 30, 2022

The African Studies Association offers an annual grant program to assist book donation projects with shipping costs to ship books to African libraries and schools. The Africana Librarians Council, Gretchen Walsh Book Donation Committee reads grant proposals and makes recommendations to ASA. Successful awards are usually small grants in amounts from $200 to $1000. Past awards are listed here. Those applying for partial funding of a project should clearly show how additional funding will be solicited. The grants are intended to encourage innovative projects that incorporate essential elements, including:

1. Recipient participation

Book donation programs should reflect a partnership between institutions in Africa and the US with a liaison contact from each institution. While large-scale donations of container-loads of books can be effective, the ASA is trying to fill a perceived gap by increasing the number of small to medium-sized projects that focus on specific, articulated needs. Community-based, grassroots project involvement with benefit to broad, non-sectarian populations are encouraged.

2. High-quality materials

While books need not be new, they should be in good condition and relevant to the recipient’s needs. Books can be procured from libraries’ duplicates, personal libraries, books stores, students and publishers.

3. Attention to details of logistics

The project plan should include a place to store books as they are being collected, a means of reviewing the books for physical quality and relevance to the recipient’s request, materials and staff for packing, a means of shipping to Africa, and all necessary paperwork for customs and shipping. The ASA cannot offer any services in arranging shipping or other logistics. Our role is to supply funding to the greatest extent possible.

Applications for Funding

You will be asked to complete an online form that will ask about the following topics/questions:

1. Project description
  • the recipient and relationship to the donor
  • the materials requested (specific titles or subject areas)
  • the number of books, and means of obtaining them
  • shipping and other logistical plans
  • status of the project—-is it already underway, or just in the idea stage?
  • who will administer the project? Who is the liaison in Africa?
2. Budget
  • What are the total costs of the project?
  • How much is the request to the ASA?
  • How will ASA funds be used?
  • For partial funding requests, how will other funds be solicited?
3. Deadline

Applications can be submitted through this online form. Applications must be completed on or before April 30, 2022.

Those that are awarded are expected to provide a report on the project and a brief summary for ASA News at the project’s completion. Photographs, websites, digitized information related to project progress is encouraged and may be used for development purposes by ASA or ALC.

Information about previous grants is available here.

For more information on Book Donation Programs, please click here.

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