Press Release

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Opens Grant Application

School libraries across the country can now apply for a library grant

DALLAS, TEXAS — Today, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries opened the application for grants to help school libraries update and diversify their book collections. Since its inception in 2002, the Laura Bush Foundation has awarded $21 million to over 3,600 schools across the country.

Grant applications are open to public, private, parochial, magnet, and charter schools that have a school library. Public schools must have a Title 1 designation and private schools must have at least 50% of the student population qualify for financial aid to be eligible.  Applications will remain open until November 27, 2023. Visit to learn more and apply.

In the 2022-2023 grant cycle, the Laura Bush Foundation awarded $1.5 million in grants to 300 school libraries across 36 states. Many librarians used the funds to update their library collections by adding more dual language titles and books that showcase a wide range of stories and perspectives.

The George W. Bush Institute’s Education and Opportunity work, which includes the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, is generously supported by The Allstate Foundation and private donations. The Laura Bush Foundation is managed as a restricted fund at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.  More information can be found at and




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