Category Archives: Literacy Grants

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Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Area Grants from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The purpose of this grant is to create senior high classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. The focus of these materials should be on showing the connectivity of mathematics to other fields or to the world around us.

States: All States.
Average Amount: $4,000.00
Address: 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502
Telephone: 800-235-7566
Email: nctm@nctm.org
Website: click here
Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Other.
Program Funded: Math, Professional Development, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
Deadline to Apply: 11/1/2013

Foundation Grants from The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. We seek to fund projects that directly serve or impact children living in urban poverty, particularly in the areas of education, childhood health and family economic stability.
Grant planning worksheet

States: All States.
Total Amount: $80,000,000.00
Average Amount: $10,000.00 – $500,000.00
Address: PO Box 163867 Austin, TX 78716
Email: info@msdf.org
Website: click here
Eligibility: Public School, Private School, Higher Education, Other.
Program Funded: Adult Literacy, After-School, At-Risk/Character, Community Involvement/Volunteerism, Disabilities, Early Childhood, ESL/Bilingual/Foreign Language, Family Services, General Education, Health/PE, Homeless, Math, Professional Development, Reading, Safe/Drug Free Schools, Social Studies, Special Education.
Deadline Comments: Ongoing

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Libri Foundation Grants for Children’s Books
Deadlines for 2013: August 15

The Libri Foundation
P.O. Box 10246
Eugene, OR 97440-2246
phone: 541-747-9655
fax: 541-747-4348
email: libri@librifoundation.org

Application Guidelines: http://www.librifoundation.org/apps.html

Awards: dependent on annual donations to the foundation, for 2013 upper limit: $1,050

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children’s books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program.

Libraries are qualified on an individual basis. In general, county libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries (school districts may partner with town libraries*) should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children’s department. Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000.

The Foundation works with the library’s Friends of the Library or other local organizations because they believe in community involvement and want to encourage and reward local support of libraries. The Friends, or other local sponsors, can contribute from $50 to $350 which the Foundation matches on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children’s books through the Foundation’s BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program.

More information click here: Libri Foundation

Check It Out: NEW Grant Opportunity

Grant Name: Improving Literacy Through School Libraries

Funded by: U.S. Department of Education

Description: The purpose of this program is to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists.

Program Areas: Library

Recipients: Public School

Proposal Deadline: 3/28/2011

Average Amount: $30,000.00 – $500,000.00

Website: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/lsl/index.html

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: NEA Youth Leaders for Literacy

Funded by: Youth Service America

Description: Youth Leaders for Literacy will award 30 young people from across the U.S. each with $500 grants. Successful projects will be youth-led and address an established literacy need in the applicant’s school or community. The projects will launch on NEA’s Read Across America Day on March 2nd and culminate on Global Youth Service Day, April 15-17. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply. Youth ages 5-25 are welcome to apply along with an adult ally (an adult ally is a non-controlling mentor who offers support and guidance in the fulfillment of the service project).

Program Areas: Library, Reading

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: 1/5/11

Average Amount: $500.00

Telephone: 202-296-2992

Email: info@ysa.org

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Education, Literacy, and Health Grants

Funded by: Verizon Foundation

Description: The purpose of this program is to assist programs to increase their literacy and educational success; avoid being an abuser or a victim of domestic violence; and achieve and sustain their health and safety.

Program Areas: Adult Literacy, At-Risk/Character, Disabilities, Family Services, General Education, Math, Reading, Science/Environment, Social Studies

Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: 10/31/2010

Average Amount: $500.00 – $4,000,000.00

Telephone: 800-360-7955

Email: verizon.foundation@verizon.com

Website: http://foundation.verizon.com/grant/guidelines.shtml

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program

Funded by: Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Description: The grants support programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children and may be used for activities such as: bringing in guest authors, illustrators, or storytellers; puppet making, book making, or other projects; book writing contests, etc. The application is online and must be printed and mailed to the address listed below.

Program Areas: Arts, Library, Reading, All Other

Recipients: Public Schools

Proposal Deadline: 9/15/2010

Average Amount: $500.00

Address: Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program, 450 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Website: http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Literacy and Education Grants

Funded by: Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation

Description: Literacy and education applications to help children are accepted beginning in March for specific programs with measurable outcomes. We desire to provide support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs. Applicants are typically notified within 90 days by email.

Program Areas: After-School, Disabilities, Early Childhood, Reading, Special Education

Recipients: Public Schools, Higher Education, Other

Proposal Deadline: Beginning March 1st and throughout the year

Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $10,000. Typically about $1,500.00.

Website: http://www.buildabear.com/aboutus/community/grants/

Availability: All States

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Grant Name: Literacy and Education Grants

Funded by: Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation

Description: Literacy and education grants to help children are awarded twice a year for specific programs with measurable outcomes. We desire to provide support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs.

Program Areas: After-School, Disabilities, Early Childhood, Reading, Special Education
Recipients: Public School, Higher Education, Other

Deadline: 2/28/10

Average Amount: $1,000.00 – $10,000.00

Website: http://www.buildabear.com/aboutus/community/grants/

Availability: All States

Matching Your Needs to Available Grants

Last time I discussed defining your school’s problem before you apply for grants. Once you define the problem or problems you have, it’s then time to try matching your needs with the different grants that are available to help solve your particular set of problems. Depending on the type of need you have, there might be no grants available or 500 possible grants available that you need to sift through.

I can tell you that if you’re looking for $500,000 to build a new field house for your football team, you don’t need to search for grants. There is no grant money out there for that type of problem. If you’re a school looking to improve your reading program, there might be 500 grant possibilities. Everything else falls somewhere in between.

How do you find the grants that are both available and pertinent to your problem? That’s an easy one to answer. Without a doubt, the best way to find grants that match your needs is to use a grant database. A good grant database has a huge amount of grant information all in one place. It’s constantly updated with new grants put in daily and ones with past deadlines removed daily.

With a grant database, you put in your search criteria and out pops a list of possible grants. Not all of these grants will match your needs, but you have all the possible grants in one place and that makes them very easy to sort through. Your alternative is to do a hundred Google searches. That will usually get you information on grants that are not current about 80% of the time. Very frustrating. Your other alternative is to use a grant newsletter, either printed or on line. But newsletters can only list a few grants at a time, and they are outdated within a few weeks.

Once again, the best way to look for grants is with a grant database. Subscribing to a grant database can be fairly expensive, however, with subscriptions running several hundred dollars per year. You are fortunate because you have a free one to use. Discount School Supply offers its customers a free grant database. Just go to: My School Grant sm

Register by putting in your email address and start searching. It can’t be any easier than that.

Next time, I’ll discuss how to use this free grant database most effectively. Don’t miss it!

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Grant Name: Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year
Funded by: Toyota & National Center for Family Literacy

Description: The Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award recognizes individual contributions to improving literacy for children and adults. The winner and several finalists are selected annually by the National Center for Family Literacy to honor educators who demonstrate and impact on families through early childhood education, school-based programs, adult literacy and ESL programs, parenting education, library literacy programs and community literacy programs.
Program Areas: Adult Literacy, Reading.
Recipients: Public School, Private/Charter School, Faith-based, Other.
Proposal Deadline: 12/5/2008
Average Amount: $500 to $7,500.00
Email: ToyotaTeacher@famlit.org
Website: National Center For Family Literacy
Availability: All States.