2017 Call for Applications and Award Criteria
ASA-Funded Shipping for Book Donation Projects
The African Studies Association (ASA) offers an annual grant program to assist book donation projects with shipping costs to send book donations to African libraries and schools. The Africana Librarians Council Book Donations Committee reads grant proposals and makes recommendations to ASA. ASA grants generally support small grants in amounts from $200 to $1000. Past awards are listed here. Those applying for partial funding of a project should clearly show how additional funding will be solicited. The grants are intended to encourage innovative projects that incorporate essential elements, including:
1. Recipient participation
Book donation programs should reflect a partnership between institutions in Africa and the US with a liaison contact from each institution. While large scale donations of container-loads of books can be effective, the ASA is trying to fill a perceived gap by increasing the number of small to medium-sized projects that focus on specific, articulated needs. Community based, grassroot project involvement with benefit to broad, non-sectarian populations are encouraged.
2. High quality materials
While books need not be new, they should be in good condition and relevant to the recipient's needs. Books can be procured from libraries' duplicates, personal libraries, books stores, students and publishers.
3. Attention to details of logistics
The project plan should include a place to store books as they are being collected,
a means of reviewing the books
for physical quality and relevance to the recipient's request, materials and
staff for packing, a means of shipping to Africa,
and all necessary paperwork for customs and shipping. The ASA cannot offer any
services in arranging shipping or other
logistics. Our role is to supply funding to the greatest extent possible.
Applications for Funding
1. Project description: Send a 1-3 page description covering:
3. Deadline & Timeline
Applications are due to the office of the ASA Secretariat by April 30, 2017. Applications are reviewed between and May and July. Notifications should be made by August. Winners of the award are invited to receive the award at Annual ASA meeting in November or December.
Applications by Mail:
African Studies Association Rutgers University - Livingston Campus
54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8045
Soon we will have an electronic form to submit applications.
Electronic submissions are welcome if accompanying documents can be sent via e-mail or are on the Web.
Please send electronic submissions to the African Studies Association staff.
Suzanne Moyer Baazet
A report on the project and a brief summary for ASA News are required at the project's completion. Photographs, websites, digitized information related to project progress is encouraged and may be used for development purposes by ASA or ALC.
Previous book donation award winners are listed on the website at the following URL: http://www.albany.edu/~dlafonde/Global/book_donation/ASAbookaward.htm.
For more information on Book Donation Programs: http://www.albany.edu/~dlafonde/Global/book_donation/bookdonation.htm
Book Donations Introduction and Tips: http://www.albany.edu/~dlafonde/Global/book_donation/bkdonsuccess.htm
Africana Librarians Council, Book Donation Committee page: http://www.albany.edu/~dlafonde/Global/book_donation/