The Elsevier Foundation not only provides book donation programs, but it also has a special grant system where it requests for proposals and selects organizatons to provide them with the ‘Innovative Libraries Grants’ in Developing Countries.
Its book donation programs are implemented in partnership with Book Aid International and the Sabre Foundation. But since Sabre Foundation has recently put an end of its book donations, it is not clear how effective this collaboration is now.
The Innovative Libraries Grants supports the efforts of libraries to enhance the quality of life in developing countries by advancing knowledge in science, the social sciences technology and medicine. The Foundation provides one, two and three year grants to libraries in the developing countries and supporting organizations:
- Programs to enhance library infrastructure, technology or information services in ways that significantly expand their ability to make STM (scientific/social sciences, technical and medical) information available to those who need it — researchers, clinicians, students, policymakers and the wider public.
- Programs that expand library information resources in the developing world through digitization or preservation of information that advances science, health, the environment, and indigenous knowledge.
- Training and education programs for library staff, students or researchers, contributing to sustainable improvements in the library’s capacity to provide STM information in the developing world.
- Partnerships between libraries in the developing countries and institutions in the developed countries to provide technical assistance or training. Developed country partner organizations include libraries, learned societies, universities, intergovernmental organizations and other non-profit organizations
This grant opens mostly during the middle of the year. To know more about the Elsevier Foundation, visit this link.