Call for Applications for
ASA-Funded Book Donation Projects
for the Year 2008

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. The total amount of $3000.00 generally supports 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:

2. Budget

3. Deadline
Applications are due in the ASA Secretariat, c/o Carol L. Martin, PhD, Executive Director, Rutgers University, Douglass Campus, 132 George St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1400 postmarked on or before June 1, 2008. Electronic submissions are welcome only if all accompanying documents can be sent via e-mail or are on the Web. Please send electronic submissions to Carol L. Martin, PhD, Executive Director: [email protected]

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:

For more information on Book Donation Programs:
Book Donations Introduction and Tips:

Africana Librarians Council, Book Donation Committee page: