In response to the murder of George Floyd and ensuing protests, Indiana Humanities is offering a one-time grant opportunity to allow libraries, schools and community organizations to add books and materials that advance racial equity to their circulating collections.

Advancing Racial Equity Collection Development Grants

These grants of $1,000 can be used to add digital or physical resources (including books, films or other materials) that address systemic racism, inequitable policing and/or protest through a humanities lens. Materials must be selected from among the 100+ titles curated by librarians with input from humanities scholars. Public libraries, including those within prisons, community centers and schools, are encouraged to apply. Other Indiana tax-exempt organizations, such as senior citizens centers or community centers, may apply but must be able to demonstrate in their application how materials will circulate for free in local communities. These funds may not be used to purchase books or other materials for one-time giveaways but instead should be for multiple users over time. 

Our goal is to help Hoosiers think, read and talk about racial injustice and systemic racism and to support libraries as key public humanities organizations in this work.  

This project is made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment.  

About the Materials/Books List

The list includes fiction and non-fiction titles for children, teens and adults in multiple formats (books, CD books, eBooks, eAudiobooks, DVDs, Blu-ray). Some selections, such as the Ted Green documentary “Attucks the School that Opened the City,” have Indiana content. 

To develop this list, librarians, humanities scholars and Indiana Humanities staff consulted Central Indiana Community Foundation’s “Tools for Accountability,” and resource lists provided by Booklist (a publication of the American Library Association). The list was also reviewed by The Indianapolis Public Library’s Diversity & Inclusion and Center for Black Literature & Culture staff.



Apply by July 31 to be considered for this special one-time grant opportunity. Grantees will be notified by Aug. 10 and funds must be used by Oct. 31, 2020. At least 100 grants will be awarded.

Eligible organizations include public libraries, including those located within schools and prisons, in Indiana. If your organization is not a library, you must be able to describe how you will circulate materials within your community. Multiple branches within a library system may apply.

In your application, you should provide a proposed list of materials to acquire and a budget narrative showing how funds will be spent. Please reference the list below for titles.


Bronwen Carlisle, Programs and Special Projects Manager / 317.616.9103