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Award to a USA Public Library to Recognize Outstanding Community Impact

Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize


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Library Journal
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/16/23 11:59 PM EDT Save

Grant Description
Award to a USA public library to recognize outstanding community impact. Award criteria include community engagement, efforts to promote inclusion, collaboration with local government, community recognition, leadership development, environmental sustainability, and inventiveness. In addition to a cash prize, the winning library will also be profiled in the November issue of Library Journal and online.

The Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize, developed in partnership between the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and Library Journal, was created in 2019 to recognize the public library as a vital community asset. When libraries, civic entities, organizations, and the people they serve become close partners, their communities thrive.

The winning library will be identified based on the degree of its impact on the community in the following key areas:

  • Engagement with local government to support the service area's defined goals
  • Engagement with the community to develop library services
  • Community recognition
  • Inclusion, meeting the needs of underserved populations as well as promoting social cohesion and connection across differences
  • Leadership development to perpetuate the library's organizational strength and dynamism
  • Environmental sustainability and leadership in sustainable thinking
  • Inventiveness as exemplified by one of the library's services which is particularly original, both strategically and tactically


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
All U.S. Public Libraries are eligible for the prize.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: June 16, 2023 (Submissions close at 11:59 p.m. EDT.)

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Estimated Size of Grant
The winning library will receive $250,000 in unfettered grant monies from the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation. The winning library will also be profiled in the November issue of Library Journal and online. Honorable mentions may also be named.

Contact Information
Submit a Nomination Online:

Questions? Please contact Lisa Peet, Executive Editor, Library Journal at

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