Grants for Graphic Novels

Librarians accept graphic novels more today than they did in the past.
Librarians accept graphic novels more today than they did in the past. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

As the popularity of graphic novels increases, grant opportunities for writing or collecting them in public, school and university libraries have grown as well. Graphic novels, hard-bound novels illustrated much like comic books, are becoming staples in schools and libraries worldwide due to the growing demand for this genre. Even graphic novel creators may win grant money for writing and illustrating them.

Public Library Grants

The Florence Taylor Tischler and Nathaniel Tischler Memorial Fund has awarded grant funding to the New Jersey State Library system. Fourteen libraries statewide each receive $3,000 in grant funding for establishing or growing its graphic-novel collection. David Lisa, consultant and project specialist for the New Jersey State Library said that graphic novels and comics are very popular in public libraries. Smaller libraries throughout the state were those targeted for these awards in the hope their circulation numbers would increase as a result of offering graphic novels for loan.

Writer Grants

The Canada Council for the Arts offers grants for professional writers. These grants covers the creators' project, living and travel expenses so they have the time needed to create new graphic novels. Deadlines for the English-language grants is October 1, and the French-language grants is April 1. Applicants may be emerging talent, mid-career or an established writer of either aboriginal or Canadian descent. To qualify, emerging talent must have at least one publication by a professional publishing house.

University Grants

Western Illinois University reported in August of 2006 that it received a $2,000 Graphic Novels Collections Grant. According to the University's website, the library is creating a research-grade collection of graphic novels which future scholars in the areas of art, film, literature, media, and print may access freely through the library system.

School Grants

Several schools have received grants to supplement their curriculum and increase their collection of graphic novels. In Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson School received the Garden State Grant for art teacher, Mr. Nealy. Nealy will be leading his students through the process of creating their own graphic novel and superhero character. According to the school's website, both literacy and vocabulary skills play into the creation of a graphic novel project such as this one.

In Swampscott, Massachusetts, The Swampscott Education Foundation awards grants which enhance the educational experience of students in the Swampscott Public School system. It has awarded a grant to the Swampscott High School for the purchase of graphic novels for use in the graphic novel classes. The novels will be available for checkout from the school library.

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