Sponsored by Diamond Book Distributors and funded by the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation, the Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grants for Libraries feature two annual grants: the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant which is provided to support a library that would like to expand its existing graphic novels services and programs, and the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant which provides support to a library for the initiation of a graphic novel service, program, or initiative.
The 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant was awarded to the Colorado State Library of Denver, Colorado. To support their project "Where There is Art, There Is Hope: Graphic Novels and Literacy at the Sterling Correctional Facilities Libraries," the Colorado State Library plans to allow a new teacher to travel to Sterling, Colorado to enrich their LEAD (Literacy Education in Adult Detention) with comics curriculum at the Sterling Correctional Facility (SCF) Libraries, encouraging literacy and reducing recidivism.
The 2017 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant is presented to the Institute of American Indian Arts of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Their project "Giving Voices to Our Stories: Fostering the Growth of Future Indigenous Graphic Novelists" aims to foster the growth of future indigenous graphic novel creators and further diversify the voices represented in visual narrative through development.
Administered by ALA's Games and Gaming Round Table and the Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Initiative Group, the award ceremony will be held Saturday, June 24th from 6pm - 8pm in the Columbus AB Room at the Hyatt Regency Chicago during the ALA Annual Conference.