Apply for the Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grant for Teachers and Librarians

Since many of our readers are librarians and educators with a passion for diverse books, we’re reposting information on this special grant that may be of interest:

The Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth is now accepting applications for the Annual Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians.

Each year, the Conference offers two grants up to $1,000 each for projects to develop new classroom or library programs that raise awareness of multicultural literature among young people; particularly, but not exclusively, through the works of Virginia Hamilton.

Each year, the Conference will award one grant to a K-12 teacher and one to a school library or youth services librarian in a public library.


Eligible applicants must currently work with or plan to work with children or adolescents in any grade from preschool through high school or in a public or school library. Applicants must submit an application form, a professional reference and a proposal detailing the development of a new classroom or library program that:

  • Promotes awareness of multicultural themes and issues through outstanding literature;
  • Illustrates the use of exemplary multicultural literature, particularly but not exclusively the works of Virginia Hamilton;
  • Demonstrates effective organization, methods and/or library service;
  • Includes a plan for documenting the development of the program throughout the grant period.

Get more information about the Outreach Grant application requirements.