Día Mini-Grants

Día

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. REFORMA is proud to be a founding partner of Día.

REFORMA will award up to 5 mini-grants of $300 to support a Día program that celebrates Latino culture.

2021 Día Mini-Grants Winners

We’re excited to announce the winners of the 2021 REFORMA Día Mini-Grants. The winners were selected based on the creativity of the program, level of community involvement, and impact of the project as it best highlights Latinx authors, performers, and culture.

  • Tulare Public Library / Carol Lovos - Tulare, CA
  • Boston Public Library / Sujei Lugo - Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Gail Borden Public Library District & School District U-46 / Tina Birkholz - Elgin, IL
  • San Diego Public Library / Itza Vilaboy - San Diego, CA
  • REFORMA Washington Chapter, King County Library System, Seattle Public Library, Sno-Isle Libraries / Beatriz Pascual Wallace - Greater Seattle Area, WA

Each library will receive $300 to support a virtual or in-person Día program that celebrates Latino culture.

REFORMA thanks the 2021 Día Mini-Grants Selection Committee:

  • Maria F. Estrella, Chair of REFORMA’s Children’s and Young Adult Services Committee (CAYASC), Cleveland Public Library
  • Cristina E. Mitra, Family Engagement Coordinator, San Francisco Public Library
  • Karina Huerta, Youth Services Librarian, Department of Library and Recreation Services, City of Sunnyvale
  • Angelica Candelaria, Youth Services Manager, Caroline County Public Library
  • Maria Xochitl Peterson, Unit Manager, Thomas Hughes Children's Library, Chicago Public Library
  • Diane Olivo-Posner, Principal Librarian, Exploration & Creativity, Los Angeles Public Library
  • Jessica Agudelo, Supervising Librarian, Children's Services, The New York Public Library

The Mini-Grants Program coordinator is Madeline Peña, Digital Content Manager, Los Angeles Public Library, REFORMA President 2018-19, Technology Committee Co-Chair.

We thank everyone who applied for our Día Mini-Grant Program. We received 15 eligible submissions.

REFORMA is committed to supporting programming for Latino and Spanish-speaking communities through our Mini-Grants Programs. If you'd like to support future Mini-Grants, consider making a donation to REFORMA at reforma.org/donate.
¡Felicidades a los ganadores!


Eligibility Criteria

  • Public libraries, academic libraries, school libraries, and community organizations in the United States including Puerto Rico are eligible to apply.
  • The library or the person submitting the application must be a current member of REFORMA.
  • Funds will be provided to pay for hired author/performer, and to support other related expenses such as books, publicity, materials, decorations, and refreshments - as specified in your proposal.
  • The program must celebrate Latino culture.
  • The program must take place in the month of April 2021. Virtual or in-person.
  • Winners must agree that publicity for their event will identify REFORMA as sponsor/partial sponsor.
  • Winners must be willing to have their program featured on the REFORMA website, listserv, social media accounts, and Newsletter both in written and photographic detail. Winners must submit a final report by May 31, 2021.
  • Winners must add their programs to the National Día Program Registry.
  • The application must be received by 11:59 PM (PST) on February 15, 2021.

Application

The selection criteria will be based on:

  • Creativity of the program
  • How well it celebrates Latino culture, literature, and oral traditions
  • Publicity plan and community involvement
Winners must submit a final report by May 31, 2021, to include:
  • Photos of the event to post on the website/newsletter
  • Number of participants
  • Ages of participants
  • List and description of activities
  • Other information about the impact of the event on the community
Important dates and deadlines: 
  • Jan 15 - Feb 15 - Proposal will be received
  • Feb 16 - March 1 - Proposals will be reviewed
  • March 1-5 - Winners will be announced
  • April 1-30 -  Libraries will host programs
  • May 31 - Reports due to the REFORMA

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