March 4, 2019

Attention indie bookstores: apply to this cool community project grant


Ah yes, our old friends: the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. The BINC.

You may remember them from such heroics as helping booksellers affected by the California wildfires. Or raising money for booksellers in need through the medium of fashion accessories.

Now, BINC has teamed up with some other friends of ours, Penguin Random House (sup, guys), to provide a $1,500 dollar grant to the indie bookstore that puts together a worthy community outreach project.

Here’s the deal:

The Binc Foundation and Penguin Random House have come together to foster and enrich the relationship between a bookstore and the community they serve. Through a generous donation from Penguin Random House, Binc will award funding to a bookstore that creates and implements a program that strengthens their connection to the community, enhances the bookstore’s mission, and nourishes a passion for reading.

The bookstore must identify a community non-profit or other institution with which to partner for their proposed program. Binc will award a total $1,500 to a bookstore who create a meaningful partnership with an organization in their community.  The funds would be paid by Binc to the bookstore for implementation of the project.

If you’re a bookseller hoping to toss your name in the hat, you have until May 1st! And you can find all of the application guidelines here.



Ryan Harrington is a senior editor at Melville House.