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Libraries Respond to the Opioid Epidemic: Post-Symposium Mini-Grants

This guide includes presentations and resources from the Symposium, Communities in Crisis: Librarians Respond to the Opioid Epidemic. #masslibrariesrespond

About the Social Infrastructure Mini-Grants

Following the symposium, a limited number of mini-grants will be available to symposium attendees to offer a program, service, or staff training to build social infrastructure.  Funding is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through LSTA funds.

Examples of how funds can be used include:

  • Offer staff trainings on serving patrons in-crisis such as Mental Health First Aid, workplace safety, stress reduction, or compassion fatigue.
  • Expand your collection on topics like substance use disorder and mental illness.
  • Facilitate book discussions.  Check out the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Celebrity Series to hear first-hand from authors who have written books about substance use disorder.
  • Host a program to decrease social isolation and increase support.
  • Create a library display about living with chronic pain, substance use disorder, or mental illness.
  • Purchase meeting supplies for art therapy or art socialization groups.
  • Hire speakers for programs on topics like wellness, substance use disorder, parenting, caregiving, relationships, or public health.
  • Offer film discussions (purchase licenses) such as the Paper Tigers, Beautiful Boy, or Beyond the Wall.
  • Host an art exhibit by persons with lived experience with substance use disorder, mental illness, or other health conditions.

Libraries can apply for $500, $750, or $1,000 for a mini-grant.  Applications due by December 2019. Funds must be expended by August 31, 2020.

Apply now for a Social Infrastructure Mini-Grant!