"Games of every type play an important role in developing fundamental competencies for life. They require players to learn and follow complex sets of rules, make strategic and tactical decisions, and, increasingly, collaborate with teammates and others: all things they will have to do in college and in the workforce."
Jim Rettig ALA President, 2008-2009 Boatright Memorial Library Univeristy of Richmond Richmond, VA
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) / Candlewick Press: Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved Funagain Games: Monthly Game Grants Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) (varies by state) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA): Teen Tech Week Mini Grants
Another great way to launch your gaming program is to build relationships with those who have the equipment and would be willing to share.
Game shops, for example are prime places to start. They have a vested interest in exposing people to their games.
Another way is to search the Internet for groups that play consistently. For example, I had several people come and run 3 games of Dungeons and Dragons for free, just because they wanted people to play with. Just check out www.meetup.com and search for whatever game you want to host. You’ll probably find it!
Why play someone else’s game when you can make your own! Scratch interface Partnerships to teach Game Maker