Financial Assistance for Bookstores

Take Advantage of Financial Opportunities
for Bookstores and Booksellers!

We know budgets are tight and stores and booksellers aren’t always able to take advantage of the educational and networking opportunities available in our industry. And sometimes booksellers just need some help with personal or store-related emergencies. Financial help is available! See below for all the opportunities, and apply now!



MPIBA Give a Bookseller a Lift

Each Give a Bookseller a Lift (GABAL) Travel Grant will include two nights at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton, $100 towards transportation expenses (mileage, bus fare, plane fare, etc.), and one ticket to a Discovery Show author meal event.

Apply here for a GABAL Travel Grant for the Fall 2018 Discovery Show (Oct. 11 – 13). Restrictions apply, see all the details via the link.

We want to thank our good friends at Binc for funding one GABAL travel grant each year.



Blue Willow – Vener Barnes Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship to attend the Fall Discovery Show is offered by Valerie Koehler, owner of Blue Willow Bookshop in Huston, Texas, in honor of her father and bookselling inspiration, Vener Barnes.

The $500 grant is open to any owner or bookseller from an MPIBA member store in good standing, who has never attended the MPIBA Fall Discovery Show. Click here to apply.



Binc Scholarships & Assistance:


Fall Discovery Show Travel Assistance:

$500 Macmillan Diversity Scholarship, details and application here.


Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship:

The result of a partnership with the Friends of Carla Gray, this scholarship will provide one bookseller new to the industry with the opportunity to attend Winter Institute 2019 as well their regional trade show in Fall 2019. The scholarship also provides a grant for a community outreach program. Applications will open on July 9, 2018 and run through August 9, 2018, details here.


Think Binc any time you’re in need! Find many resources and opportunities for assistance here.




Red Wheel/Weiser Tom Faherty Memorial Grant

Red Wheel/Weiser joins the wonderful booksellers of the Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association in mourning the loss of a true “bookseller,” your publishers’ sales representative, Tom Faherty, Jr. This loss has left a hole in the bookselling community and a hole in our hearts.

We can’t think of a better way to honor Tom’s memory than sponsoring an independent bookseller to attend a regional conference that meant so much to him. If you would like to be considered for this $500 scholarship, please send us a note sharing a memory you have of Tom via e-mail to Deadline for applications is July 31.



American Booksellers Association:


Winter Institute 2019 Scholarship:

Details and application here.


James Patterson’s Holiday Bonus for Booksellers:

Details and application here.



Posted June 11, 2018