Grants and Mini-grants

Friends of the Knox County Public Library supports the library system by awarding mini-grants each year for library programs and equipment.

In addition to contributing directly to the library to help support programs not covered by the budget, Friends enables KCPL to win much-needed funds from grants for programs such as the Children’s Festival of Reading and the NEA Big Read through our partnership as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

In FY 2019, Friends will provide support for:

  • Knox County Public Library’s Children’s Festival of Reading.
  • Summer Library Club incentives and family-friendly activities at branches such as visits by Dr. Al Hazari, magician Michael Messing, Zoo Knoxville, and Bricks 4 Kidz.
  • Teen programming, including Teen Summer Reading.
  • Author events presented in partnership with KCPL and others; events this year include authors Jon Meacham in July and Vince Vawter in August.
  • Books and refreshments for two book discussion groups, All Over the Page and Books Sandwiched In.
  • The Book Behind My Story, a new book group for Knoxville’s entrepreneurial community.
  • Reading Close to Home, a series of discussions of the work of Robert Penn Warren.
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Knox County as part of our ongoing commitment to help Knox County’s youngest citizens develop a love of books and reading.
  • Holiday visits from Santa to library branches.
  • The Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection’s Oral History Project.
  • Film screenings presented at the Tennessee Theatre by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound (TAMIS) during the East Tennessee History Fair.
  • Staff Appreciation lunches for all library staff.