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AI-11311 3.S.       
Meeting Date: 11/20/2019  
Library 2020 Census Grant Application
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Ratify the submission of a grant application to the American Library Association Census Equity Fund Grant.
Historically, certain groups of people have been undercounted disproportionately by the decennial census. Traditionally undercounted populations include young children, American Indians and Alaska Natives, people experiencing homelessness, and people of color, among others. In the 2020 Census, which will have a new online response option, people who lack internet access or online skills may also be at risk of being undercounted.

To address these issues, applicants to the Library Census Equity Fund may propose activities such as conducting community outreach activities or expanding the library’s technology capacity for people completing the census questionnaire online. All types of libraries and library organizations are eligible to apply (e.g. public libraries, school libraries, academic libraries, Library Friends or Foundations, library cooperatives, state library associations, etc.).
On November 4, 2019, the American Library Association (ALA) announced the Library Census Equity Fund.  ALA will provide 25 libraries with $2,000 mini-grants to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census.  The application was submitted on November 5, 2019. There is no match for this grant.

The project description is as follows:  The Nueces County Keach Family Library proposes to use its Thursday toddler story time as an opportunity to inform parents and guardians about the importance of the 2020 Census.  Library staff will educate the community about how Census data affects them.  To complete the Census questionnaire online, the Library will provide a computer room with internet access for those without home broadband access and/or for those who are maybe not very proficient at using the computer.  Computers and internet access will also be available to any others wishing to complete the Census online.  The Library is currently a part of and collaborating with the Nueces County Census Complete Count Committee with Nueces Together, a local non-profit 501c3 organization that was formed to ensure Nueces County and the Coastal Bend are completely and accurately counted in the 2020 Census.  The Library will provide the group with a technological resource center to help with the hard-to-count population.  The Nueces County Keach Family Library seeks to serve the community’s needs in the areas of illiteracy and English as a second language.  In order to address these issues, the Library often relies on federal dollars to create innovative programs to assist in the effort.  Therefore, Nueces County realizes that counting all citizens is of utmost importance.

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