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.