Día Mini-Grants

Congratulations! REFORMA 2024 Día Mini-Grants Winners

We’re excited to announce the 2024 REFORMA Día Mini-Grants awards recipients. The winners were selected based on the creativity of the program, level of community involvement, and impact of the project as it best highlights Latino/x/é authors, performers, and culture. Each winner will receive $500 to support a Día program.

Takoma Park Maryland Library / Verónica Rivera-Negrón
Takoma Park, Maryland
Yek Peyna Guxgatan (Good Morning, El Salvador / Buenos días, El Salvador)

Aurora Public Library District / Mariana Guerrero
Aurora, Illinois
The Story of Dance/ La historia de la danza

Healdsburg Elementary School Library Learning Commons / Greta Mesics
Healdsburg, California
Día del niño

Goshen Public Library / Adriana Martinez Diaz de Leon
Goshen, Indiana
Al niño y al libro, hay que celebrarlos

Día del Libro Committee (Woodland Public Library, County of Yolo, California Association for Bilingual Education Chapter 76) / Gloria Ulloa Rodríguez
Woodland, California
Día de los niños/Día del libro

*Los Angeles Public Library / Vania Arevalo and Tatiana Ortiz Cordonero
Los Angeles, California
Celebrate Children's Day Event at the Discovery Cube
*Mini-Grant sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter

REFORMA thanks CAYASC and the 2024 Día Mini-Grants Selection Committee:
  • Abigail Morales, Implementation Project Manager, Innovative
  • Adriana Lugo, Librarian, Cañada College
  • Crystle Ardoin, Catalog & Collection Development Tech, Temple Public Library
  • Eric Gomez, Community Library Manager, Broward County Library
  • Jessica Agudelo, Youth Collections Coordinator, BookOps
  • Nancy Macías, Library Technician, Mobile and Outreach Services, Alameda County Library
  • Rita Pino Vargas, Librarian, Haak'u Community Academy
  • Dr. Sujei Lugo Vázquez, Children's Librarian, Boston Public Library
We also thank the Los Angeles Chapter members who selected the LA Chapter-sponsored grant winner.
  • Beatriz Sarmiento, Chapter Vice-President/President-Elect; Retired Library Director
  • Fiorella Casella, Chapter Secretary; Teen Services Librarian, Long Beach Public Library
  • Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran, Chapter President; Assistant Professor, San Jose State University School of Information
  • Sonia Bautista, Chapter Treasurer; Library Director, City of Commerce Public Library
The program coordinator is Madeline Peña Feliz, Associate Director for Community Engagement and Outreach at the Los Angeles Public Library; REFORMA President 2018-19, Awards Committee Chair.

We thank everyone who applied for our Día Mini-Grant Program. We received 26 eligible submissions.

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

¡Felicidades a los ganadores!
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 $500 to support a Día program that celebrates Latino/x/é culture.

The Los Angeles Chapter is sponsoring an additional Día mini-grant.

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/x/é culture.
  • The program must take place in the month of April 2024.
  • 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, 2024.
  • Winners must add their programs to the National Día Program Registry.
  • The application must be received by 11:59 PM (PST) on January 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria for the Los Angeles Chapter Mini-Grant

  • The library or the person submitting the application must be a current member of the Los Angeles Chapter. 
  • The library/community organization must be within Los Angeles County in California.
  • The winner must agree that publicity of their event will identify REFORMA Los Angeles Chapter as the sponsor/partial sponsor.

Application

The selection criteria will be based on:

  • Creativity of the program
  • How well it celebrates Latino/x/é culture, literature, and oral traditions
  • Publicity plan and community involvement
Winners must submit a final report by May 31, 2024, 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: 
  • Nov 15 - Jan 31 - Proposals will be received
  • February - Proposals will be reviewed
  • February 29 - Winners will be announced
  • April 1-30 -  Libraries will host programs
  • May 31 - Reports due to the REFORMA

APPLICATION OPENS NOVEMBER 15, 2024.


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