The Vietnam War

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. May I preview the application before completing it?

A. Yes. You may download a PDF of the application for reference; the application process is also covered in detail in Section IV of the project guidelines.

Q. May applications be submitted in hard copy?

A. No. Applications must be submitted online at by 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on August 1, 2017. Applications that are late or incomplete will not be reviewed.

Q. What types of libraries are eligible?

A. This opportunity is open to all public libraries in the U.S. and U.S. territories.

Q. What will my library receive, if selected?

A. Each selected library will receive a kit including a programming guide, promotional assets (posters, bookmarks, graphics, etc.) and a copy of the full documentary series on DVD, with public performance rights.

Q. Is there a programming stipend associated with the award?

A. No. ALA is unable to offer a programming stipend for this opportunity.

Q. What are the requirements if my library is selected?

A. To be directed to the requirements, click here.

Q. How many libraries will be selected?

A. A total of 50 libraries will be selected.

Q. Can more than one branch of my library system apply?

A. While not recommended, more than one branch of a library system may apply for the award. However, it should be noted that the branches will be competing directly with one another for the award.

Q. How do I apply?

A. Register or sign in using the links below to begin your application.

Q. What if I have questions about my application?

A. Call the ALA Public Programs Office with any application or grant-related questions: (312) 280-5045 or toll free at (800) 545-2433 x 5045.

You can also send an e-mail to

Q. How long does the application take to fill out?

You can download a PDF of the application to prepare your answers ahead of time. Once you have the data requested and your narrative answer written, it should take approximately 10 minutes to fill out.

Q. What criteria will be used to evaluate the applications?

Clarity and completeness of the application, and the overall vision for the program series will play an important role in evaluation. Other factors that may influence the final selection of libraries include location, size and demographics of the community. Please see the Guidelines for full information.

Q. How will I be notified about the status of my application?

You will receive a confirmation email once your application is submitted. All applicants will be notified of their award status via email by August 29, 2017.

Q. Can I edit my application after it has been submitted?

No, you cannot.

Q. When is the application deadline?

A. Applications will be accepted between June 16 and August 1, 2017. Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on August 1, 2017. Late or incomplete applications, and applications from ineligible institutions, will not be reviewed. Applications and support materials may not be submitted by mail or e-mail.

Q. When will I be notified if my library is selected?

A. All applicants will be notified of their award status by August 29, 2017.

To access the application system, sign in with your profile.