2017 Grant Application

2017 Grant Information & Application
Sponsored by APALA & AILA
The window for the 2017 Grant application is now open.

The 2017 Grant Information and Application can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Grant Amount: $750
Grant Period: May 1, 2017 – November 30, 2017

Program Contacts:
Anna Coats, APALA Co-Chair
annamcoats27 [at] gmail [dot] com

Ariana Sani Hussain, APALA Co-Chair
ariana.sani [at] gmail [dot] com

Liana Juliano, AILA Co-Chair
lj2116 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Program Overview
Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. This grant is aimed to give financial support to libraries and community organizations who want to introduce a Talk Story program into their library, focusing on APA or AIAN cultures.

Talk Story grant funding is available due to the generous support of Toyota Financial Services.

Libraries and community organizations that serve APA and/or AIAN children and their families are eligible to apply. We encourage libraries and community organizations to work together on a Talk Story program. With the exception of cross-border tribal organizations, all organizations must be based in the United States or U.S. territories.

Organizations who have previously been awarded two Talk Story grants are ineligible for additional awards.


Please submit a complete and detailed application including a Statement of Need, Narrative, and Proposed Budget. Please describe the program your library or community organization would do with the award and what types of programs highlighting APA or AIAN cultures you are interested in planning for your community.

You may apply for either an APALA grant OR an AILA grant. You may not apply to both organizations.

Deadline and Application

Applications must be received by Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Awards will be announced by Friday, March 31, 2017

For complete grant information and application, please click on the link below to download.

2017 Talk Story Grant Application and Guidelines (doc.x)