Since its inception, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation has recognized the unique role libraries play in communities, and it has supported their growth and success.
Paul Allen and Jody Allen's mother Faye was passionate about reading, and she believed in the power of books. From her childhood job at a small town Oklahoma library to her book-filled home near Seattle, she surrounded herself with literature of every genre. Her love of literature led to a lifetime commitment to public libraries. In her memory, the Foundation named its Library Program after Mrs. Allen, who passed away in 2012.
The Library Program supports projects in Washington State and Multnomah County, Oregon, alternating funding annually between two priority areas.
Encouraging Children to Read (2013)
Mrs. Allen imparted her love of books to children by reading aloud whenever possible. She enjoyed storytelling for both its entertainment and its educational value. The goal of our Encouraging Children to Read initiative is to motivate young children to become lifelong readers and develop their skills in tandem with the discovery of literature. Librarians who help children meet their personal and academic reading goals are central to this endeavor. Foundation funding will support age-relevant library projects designed to prepare school-age children for reading success. We are interested in libraries' efforts to become more intentional in their children's programming and in programs which combine reading skills with knowledge of how to use other library resources.
Making Connections (2014)
In 2014, the Library Program will focus on strengthening the role libraries play in connecting people to books, information, and ideas. Foundation funding will provide risk capital to experiment with new models of library service and relationship building with patrons. Our intention is to offer funding that catalyzes the field and that could not be obtained from other public or private sources. We will support projects designed to balance technology and traditional services, with effective business strategies that position libraries to play leadership roles in their communities. Outcomes will demonstrate that libraries are able to develop and implement successful new models of patron service.
Grant applications for this priority area are by invitation. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted. If you believe your organization and project is aligned with our giving priorities you may complete and submit the contact form.