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Receive Up to $500 to Help you Promote Financial Literacy to your Patrons

Twice a year, Smart About Money and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) provide funds for incentives to qualifying projects that promote financial literacy awareness.

Who qualifies for the library reimbursement program?

  • Be a public, academic, or school library in the United States.
  • Submit a completed application to NEFE by the program deadline.
  • Be selected by Smart About Money and NEFE as a program participant.
  • The submission deadline for the Fall 2019 Library Reimbursement Program is Friday, June 7, 2019.
  • Apply to the Fall 2019 Library Reimbursement Program.

What types of projects does the Library Reimbursement Program fund?

Smart About Money and NEFE fund projects that are well-designed, smartly planned and goal-oriented. We want to increase personal finance skills, financial capability, and financial literacy awareness. Given access to the right tools and information, patrons can become more financially literate and build positive money management habits.

A few examples of successful projects include:

  • An event where patrons can learn from staff about financial resources offered by the library, with food or refreshments served as incentive.
  • A workshop that gives patrons personal tools and takeaways, such as their own budget or plan for paying off debt, with a gift card raffle for attendees.
  • A display board with handouts that give patrons money-saving tips and direct them toward personal finance resources, with candy or snacks for those who take information.

Our primary goals are as follows:

  • To engage and inform patrons through effective programming.
  • To make more staff aware of the importance of financial literacy and comfortable with sharing resources with patrons.
  • To promote financial awareness with engaging and helpful programs during certain times of the year, such as Financial Literacy Month (April) and National Retirement Security Week (in October).

Your own library goals should also factor into your proposal. What are you trying to achieve? How will you measure it? How does it help patrons improve their financial literacy?

To qualify for the Reimbursement Program, a library must:

  • Be a public, academic, or school library in the United States.
  • Submit a completed application to NEFE by the program deadline.
  • Be selected by Smart About Money and NEFE as a program participant.

For approved libraries, funds are awarded after the completion of the program, when all required forms and documentation are submitted for reimbursement. Only one application per library will be funded. We encourage you to collaborate with colleagues at your library on your Reimbursement Program Project.

Applications and questions:

[email protected]

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