Negro Leagues Committee Offers Library Grants

Two school libraries can receive $1,000 grants from SABR’s Negro Leagues Committee.

The Negro Leagues Committee (NLC) of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) will award $1,000 grants to two school libraries in 2011.

Since 1998, the NLC has hosted the Jerry Malloy Negro Leagues Conference. Some of our initiatives include: 1) donation of books to local schools and/or libraries, 2) raising funds to purchase headstones for unmarked graves of former players and the 3) essay writing contest.

1. Current school libraries – not independent or community libraries.
2. Proposal sent by current school librarian.
3. Receive a letter of support from their Principal or Head Librarian.

1. Application must be completed in full. (downloads as PDF)
2. Your proposal must be attached to your application.
3. Your submission must include a letter of support from the school principal, top administrator, or Head Librarian.

The application must include a description of the proposed program for which the grant will be used. Be sure to include a list of books/videos you would like purchased for your library and the costs. Also include the age range for the books selected. In addition to the list of books a narrative essay should be included to explain why these books are needed and how they will be used in the school to contribute to students’ education about black baseball and American history. The project needs to define how students will be introduced to and learn about the history of black baseball after these materials are purchased and sent to the school library.

The Planning Committee of the Jerry Malloy Negro League Committee will review all the applications and make two selections. The winners will be notified by Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, 2011. Books will be delivered to the winning libraries. Download complete rules and an application form here.

Originally published: January 4, 2011. Last Updated: January 4, 2011.