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Grants that Promote Literacy…All it Takes is Effort to Apply

As an ELA teacher, I look for all avenues to promote reading.  If a child shows little interest in reading, then I want to offer one ray of hope, it only takes “one” book to hook a child on reading.  I have seen it over and over in the classroom.  However, the only catch is, it has to be the “right” book.  Ask your child questions, talk and find out what they like. One tool a parent or teacher can use is the Internet.  Utilize Google or another search engine, to find the favorite books for boys at age ten and so on.  It is truly amazing the sheer amount of information one can glean from utilizing a search engine.  There are many blogs solely dedicated to promoting literacy and posting favorite reads.

The following is a list of grants aimed at promoting literacy.  If you need any help or more suggestions for specific grants, ask and we will do our best to find the resources needed.

Read to a child today!


Grants for Reading…Promoting Literacy

Reading Companies who accept grants from non-profit organizations in regards to literacy:

  The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

The goal of the national grant program is to develop and expand family literacy efforts nationwide, and to support the development of literacy programs that build families of readers. A total of approximately $650,000 is awarded each year; no grant exceeds $65,000.

Family Literacy programs funded through the Foundation’s National Grant Program must include reading instruction for parents or primary caregivers, (pre-GED/GED/ESL etc.), literacy or pre-literacy instruction for children, intergenerational activities where the parents/primary caregivers and children come together to learn and to read. www.barbarabushfoundation.com

The International Reading Association

The Internal Reading Association, an organization dedicated to promoting literacy and improving the quality of reading instruction, provides nearly 40 awards and grants for literacy, children’s literature, research, and professional development projects.  www.greatsource.com

The Energy Charitable Foundation

The Energy Charitable Foundation is dedicated to creating and sustaining thriving communities where energy employees live and work. To do this, energy funds programs that aim to eliminate illiteracy by providing reading and writing skills. The Foundation staff reviews and evaluates funding requests before they are presented to the Board of Directors.

Generally, the Board evaluates applications three times per year. Applications must be postmarked by the following deadlines: Feb. 1, May 1, and Aug. 1.  Contact: (877) 285-2006

Verizon Foundation

The philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications is soliciting proposals that help address literacy, programs supporting English as a second language, and basic computer literacy skills in the communities the company serves. To qualify for funding, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a valid Internal Revenue Service tax ID.

School grant requests must benefit after-school programs and have a current National Center for Education Statistics school and district registration number to qualify. Proposals between $25,000 and $50,000 may be submitted through the Verizon Foundation website by May 5.

May we seek knowledge in all things,


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