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Indigenous Month Mini Grants

Application | Evaluation | Survey | Overview | Eligibility | Allowable Use of Funds | Grant Criteria & Commitment


The State Library joins forces with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs to offer several mini grants of up to $1,000 to help Utah libraries enhance their educational activities associated with American Indian Heritage Month during the month of November 2015 by holding educational events or activities that honor our American Indian heritage.

If your library is interested in holding a special event, program or activities to honor American Indian Heritage Month or Native American Heritage Month, consider applying for one of the State Library’s Native Heritage Grants and tapping into the activities planned by our sister agency, the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. Here is an example of last year’s 2014 Indigenous Month Projects.


  • The application deadline was September 30, 2015.
  • Online Application
  • View PDF for planning purposes only. Use Online Application.

Eligible Libraries

The Indigenous Month Mini Grant is open to all libraries (academic, public, school, and tribal) in the State of Utah. School libraries within the same district are encouraged to apply individually. Likewise, branch libraries within the same system are encouraged to apply individually.


  • The evaluation deadline is December 15, 2015
  • Submit the Final Report

Sample Survey

Grant Awards – Allowable Use of Funds

  • Advertising
  • Expenses to bring an author, poet, educator, trainer, or presenter
  • Educational material
  • Supplies, printing, postage

Application Criteria & Commitment

The desired results (outcomes) for an Indigenous Month Mini Grant Project include:

  • Honor the creativity, courage, inventiveness, and wisdom of indigenous people through the use of culturally authentic storytelling, writing, singing and dancing.
  • Nurture literacy development in culturally competent ways that connect families to their American Indian heritage.
  • Recognize and respect culture, traditions, and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.
  • Establish collaborative efforts with schools, libraries, or community organizations to provide culturally appropriate services.

A successful mini grant application will clearly:

  • Outline the event or activities planned AND highlight how the event or activities will achieve one or more of the desired results noted above.
  • Identify at least one strategic community partnership AND highlight how the partnership will help achieve the desired results.
  • Estimate of how much in local funds will be used for this project (also known as “local match”).

The Indigenous Month Mini Grant recipient will:

  • Plan and conduct at least one event or activity during the month of November.
  • Explicitly publicize that the program, event or activity supports the Indigenous Month goals noted above.
  • Use the grant funds only in the allowable costs categories noted in the budget section.
  • Collect statistics on how many people participated in the activities or events.
  • Conduct a brief survey of the people who participated in the program, event or activity and ask at least the following questions (see sample of survey form – pdf):
    • As a result of attending this activity or event, I know more about the creativity, courage, inventiveness, and wisdom of indigenous people;
    • As a result of attending this activity or event, I know more about Utah’s American Indian heritage;
    • Comments.
  • Fill out a grant evaluation by December 15, 2015.
  • Provide to the Division of Indian Affairs information about the program, event or activities by November 1, 2015 for inclusion in the master calendar of events.
  • Acknowledge in the publicity the source of the funds for the Indigenous Month Mini Grant. A suggested acknowledgement is: Funds for this project were provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act and were administered by the Utah State Library Division.

Tell Us About Your Program

  • Fill out this form by November 1st  and tell us the date, time, location, and details of your program, event, or activities.
  • See a PDF Sample of this form.
  • If you have multiple events on different dates or times, please fill out one form for each event.

For more information or assistance contact:

Juan Tomás Lee
Phone Number (801) 715-6769 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address