ALA's Community Connect: Digital Access at Home Grant Opportunity for Rural Communities

ALA and Capital One are seeking rural public libraries to take part in a new grant project, Community Connect: Digital Access at Home. This new grant opportunity will support digital access and financial capability for 20 communities nationwide.

Applications will be accepted from July 6 to August 26, 2020. Library workers can apply online at

Libraries selected to participate in Community Connect will receive:

Public libraries are eligible if they serve a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and are in a rural community at least five miles from an urbanized area, per the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) definition.

The goals of Community Connect are to expand the service capacity of rural libraries by offering hotspot lending policies and financial capability seminars; improve the digital access of rural library patrons via hotspots and enhance opportunities for social mobility by pursuing remote education, economic inclusion, financial management and health; and demonstrate the efficacy of the pilot program and use results to build consensus on how to address sustainable digital inclusion for rural communities.

Community Connect: Digital Access at Home will be managed by ALA’s Public Programs Office.

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