Financial Assistance for Booksellers - Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association
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Financial Assistance for 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.

Applications closed for 2018. Congratulations to our 2018 GABAL Grant Recipients:

Amy Henkenius, Amy’s Bookcase, Farmington, NM
Aaron Cance, The Printed Garden, Sandy, UT
Callie Metler, Noteworthy, Stamford, TX
Brenna Gomez, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM
Kelly Clark, Townie Books, Crested Butte, CO
Bobbe Arnett, Mostly Books, Tucson, AZ
Jeanne Costello, Maria’s Bookshop, Durango, CO

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.

Applications closed for 2018. Congratulations to our 2018 Grant Recipient:

Janet Thompson, Lark & Owl Booksellers, Georgetown, TX

Fall Discovery Show Travel Assistance:

Binc Scholarships & Assistance:

$500 Macmillan Diversity Scholarship, details and application here.

Applications closed for 2018. Congratulations to the 2018 Diversity Scholarship Recipient:

Cristina Rodriquez, Deep Vellum Books, Dallas, TX

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

Applications closed for 2018. Congratulations to the grant recipient:

Mia Worley, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

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