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Grants for Literacy Education

Posted by Vickie Garton-Gundling on Fri, Feb 8, 2019 @ 15:02 PM

LiteracyThe ability to read and write is something many of us take for granted. Yet, USA Today reports, 1 in 7 adults—or 32 million adults—in the United States cannot read, according to a U.S. Department of Education literacy assessment study (2011). Literacy education seeks to reduce these numbers by teaching reading, writing, critical thinking, second language acquisition, and other important literacy skills. Whether your school or organization provides literacy education for children, adults, or families, there are many grants available for literacy education funding and resources.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

This Foundation offers five different grants for literacy education:

  • Adult Literacy Grant: This grant is available to non-profit organizations that offer educational and language literacy programs for adults, including Basic Adult Education classes, GED or high school equivalency courses, and English Language Acquisition (ELA) instruction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000, and applications are usually due in mid-to-late February.
  • Family Literacy Grant: This grant supports the literacy work of family literacy service providers, including non-profits, schools, or community organizations. Eligible organizations must offer a combination of adult-only literacy instruction, child-only literacy programs, and adult-child in tandem initiatives. The maximum grant amount is $15,000, and applications are usually due in mid-to-late February.
  • Summer Reading Literacy Grant: This grant is available to local nonprofit organizations and libraries to start or enhance summer reading programs for K-12 students. Funded programs must serve at least one of the following demographics: novice readers, students with learning disabilities, or readers who are behind for their current grade level. The maximum grant amount is $3,000, and applications are usually due in mid-to-late February.
  • Youth Literacy Grant: Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations looking to start or expand literacy programs for struggling youth learners and readers may apply for this grant. The grant also funds certain purchases to help enhance existing literacy instruction, including new books, technology, and other materials. The maximum grant amount is $4,000, and applications are usually due in mid-May.
  • Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Program: Together, Dollar General and The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) offer this grant for public school libraries who need help replenishing books, media, or library equipment that was destroyed or damaged by a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Only public schools that had functioning libraries headed by a certified librarian prior to the disaster may apply. To be eligible, schools must also be within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store location. Award amounts are typically between $10,000 and $20,000, but this grant program does offer annually two “catastrophic grants” of $50,000 each to schools that were particularly severely impacted by a disaster. Applications are due within 36 months from the date of the disaster, and funding must be used within 180 days of award receipt.

Tina B. Carver Fund

The Teaching Materials Grant supports U.S. organizations that provide adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programs for novice and hard-to-reach learners. Funds must be use to purchase or enhance learning materials or other teacher-related materials, excluding textbooks. While non-profits, community agencies, and charitable institutions are eligible for funding, each organization must work with a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) or TESOL affiliate member who will submit the grant application on the organization’s behalf. Grants are for a maximum of $400. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis within three timeframes each year: March 1st – May 31st, July 1st – September 30th, and November 1st – January 31st.


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Educational Grants

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

7754784154_54087ca082_m.jpgThere are so many opportunities for educational grants that it is hard to cover every single opportunity. Today, we present several grants for schools that cover a wide variety of topics. These grants have upcoming deadlines, so the time is right to work on them.  We can work with you to make your grant competitive.

  Insider Tip: To distinguish your proposal from the mountain of others, frame the outcomes in terms of impact to target populations and to society in general. Use numbers (e.g., "This curriculum will help over 500 under-represented youth increase their reading comprehension.") to support your case.  

Braitmayer Foundation Grants for Innovation in Education

This third-generation family foundation awards grants to K-12 schools throughout the United States. Proposals should focus either on curricular and school reform initiatives or professional development opportunities for teachers. Braitmayer grants can act as seed money, matching funds, or challenge grants. The foundation does not support grants for childcare, afterschool activities, or pre-kindergarten. The foundation awards grants of up to $35,000. Applications are accepted between Feb. 1 and March 15.

Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants

Math and science programs are the focus of the Dominion Foundation Education Partnership Grants Program. Specifically, this foundation awards grants to help develop new programs for these subject areas. All K-12 schools are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $5,000.

Entertainment Software Association Grants for Youth Programs

Computers, technology, and video games are now main parts of a young person’s life. This grant program focuses on using these to boost learning. Non-profit organizations and governmental entities that provide programs and services that utilize technology, computers, or video games to educate youth ages 7-18 are eligible to apply. Programs or projects must be available in at least two states to be eligible for funding. The foundation awards grants of up to $50,000. The deadline is May 1.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants

This foundation aims to support new or expand existing literacy programs, the purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives, or the purchase of books, materials, or software for literacy programs. Schools, public libraries, and non-profit organizations that help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $4,000. The deadline to apply is May 17.

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Grant Opportunities for Literacy Programs

Posted by Michelle Hansen on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 @ 07:09 AM

Low literacy is a huge concern across the United States for both children and adults.  According to ProLiteracy, 14% of adults 16 or older read at or belbooksow a fifth grade level and 29% read at an eighth grade level. Among those with the lowest literacy rates, 43% live in poverty. Schools and other educational institutions, as well as non-profit community groups, are trying to help this epidemic by providing literacy programs for both children and adults. There are a number of grants available to help such programs, and below is a list of selected grant opportunities.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

This national retailer’s foundation is a wealth of grant opportunities for all ages and program types.

  • Adult Literacy Grants make funding available to non-profit organizations that provide assistance to adults who need literacy help. To be eligible, the organization must provide help in adult basic education, GED preparation, or English language acquisition.

  • Family Literacy Grants provide funding for organizations that provide programs with the following three components: adult education instruction, children’s education, and parent and child together time.

  • Summer Reading Grants provide funding to non-profit organizations and libraries to assist with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs. These programs must target preK-12th grade students who are new readers, below grade level readers, or readers with learning difficulties.

  • Youth Literacy Grants provide funds to schools, libraries, and non-profit entities that help students who read below grade level or experiencing problems with reading. This program provides grants to purchase software, books, and materials for literacy programs, purchase new technology or equipment to support literacy programs, or help implement or expand ongoing literacy programs. Applications for all of these programs will be available January 2015.

Wish You Well Foundation

The Wish You Well Foundation’s mission is to improve family literacy by supporting the development and expansion of literacy programs. Any 501(c)(3) organization is eligible to apply. The Foundation board meets on average four times per year (specific dates determined by the availability of board members to attend). At each meeting, the board reviews grant requests and determines which to fund. Organizations are notified as to which meet their request will be discussed. Most requests range from $200-$10,000.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program

The U.S. Department of Education funds this program to help literacy skills for children from birth through grade 12. Education agencies and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Eligible projects include those that support school libraries, that promote early literacy for younger children, that motivate older children to read, and that distribute books. Applications for this fiscal year were due in July, so start planning now for next year’s application. Funded school districts can expect grants ranging between $150,000-$750,000, and non-profit organization grants average $4.5 million.

Barnes and Noble

While not technically a grant program, Barnes and Noble does support preK-12 school and non-profit organization literacy organizations in the form of sponsorships and donations. Applicants must be located in the community or communities in which Barnes and Noble operate, and serve the greater good of the local community or region. Partnerships must offer in-store events, visibility, and reach a wide audience. Proposals must be submitted to the local store manager for review.

Tina B. Carver Fund

Members of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) can apply on behalf of non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status for funding from the Tina B. Carver Fund. Eligible programs provide English as a Second Language Programming for adults. Programs that serve the hardest-to-reach students with limited resources will be given top priority. Annual application deadlines are January 31st, May 31st, and September 30th.

Target Early Childhood Reading Grants

Schools, libraries, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants from Target. Eligible programs must be targeted toward preschool through third graders only. Examples of eligible projects include after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Each grant is $2,000. Applications are due between March 1 and April 30 each year. 


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Seek Corporate Grant Support for Education

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Fri, Dec 14, 2012 @ 15:12 PM

Lately, we’ve spent several blogs focusing on funding opportunities for a variety of educational disciplines, since educational budget cuts are making daily headlines in the local and national press. In this blog, we are focusing on just a few of the major corporations who fund various educational grants. There are countless additional corporations, organizations, and other non-government agencies that offer grants, and it can be a daunting task to begin sifting through them. If you need grant help, or if you simply need someone to help you identify which grants best suit your needs, contact a grant helper to help you find good opportunities and turn them into dollars for your organization.



It may focus on home improvement, but Lowe’s also offers several educational grant funding programs. Since 2006, its popular Toolbox for Education program has given over $20 million to over 4,000 K-12 public schools nationwide. Toolbox for Education grants have a value of up to $5,000.

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and focus on K-12 public education and community grant improvements.

In addition to these two corporate grant programs, Lowe’s also suggests that when searching for smaller donations or funding, schools start by contacting their local Lowe’s store, which may also offer smaller-scale donations.



Target offers a wide variety of educational grant opportunities. Field trip grants, early childhood grants, and arts, culture, and design in schools grants are a few examples of what Target funds. Different grants are worth different amounts. For example, field trip grants are valued at $700, and other types of grants range in the thousands. Target gives millions of dollars annually, and it has varying deadlines for each of its different programs. As with any grant opportunity, plan ahead to give yourself the best chance for funding.


Education Grant MoneyThe American Honda Foundation (AHF)

The American Honda Foundation has awarded more than $27 million to since 1984. AHF grants fund a variety of interests, among them youth education and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education. Most grants range from $20,000 to $75,000, and there is a grant schedule that AHF follows. For more information about AHF’s history, funding priorities, and how to apply for a grant, visit the AHF website.


State Farm

State Farm’s Good Neighbor Citizenship Company Grants program has three primary areas of focus, one of them being education. Within education, the corporation offers three additional types of grants for K-12 public schools: teacher development, service-learning, and systemic improvement. Millions of dollars are awarded annually to educational institutions in the United States and Canada. Funding amounts vary depending on which grant is applied for. See the State Farm website for more information. 


These are just a few of the many corporations that fund educational institutions. For more funding opportunities or if you have any questions about grants, funding, or the grant process, contact one of our grant experts today. Start planning today for more funding in the future.


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Need Education Funding? Find Library and Reading Grants

Posted by Alisyn Franzen on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 @ 12:12 PM

Educational funding in the United States is more important than ever. Massive federal and state budget cuts are leaving schools scrambling for additional methods to support education. Here, we have chosen to highlight a few of the many educational grant opportunities currently available. The ones mentioned here focus especially on library and reading grants. If you need assistance in finding more funding opportunities or in any step of the grant development process, contact us today for a free quote.

The National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read Grant

The Big Read supports programs across the country that focus on author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, film series, and other activities related to a community-chosen book or poet. Organizations select a book or poet from a list and then build a program around that selection. 

Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000 and must be matched 1:1 with nonfederal funds. Approximately 75 organizations will be selected for awards. For more information, visit The Big Read Guidelines & Application Instructions webpage.

Deadline: February 5, 2013, 4:00pm CST


National Leadership Grants (NLG) for Libraries Program

There are three types of grants offered within this program:

Library GrantProject Grants ($50,000 to $500,000): These grants fund projects that have already been fully developed.

Planning Grants (up to $50,000): These grants fund the development of projects. Some planning activities that may be funded are needs and feasibility analyses, building partnerships, and developing work plans.

National Forum Grants (up to $100,000): These grants support experts and qualified groups to gather for meetings and produce expert reports and recommendations of the actions that need to take place to guide future programs and proposals.

Grant requests over $250,000 must be matched 1:1, unless they are for research projects. For requests under $250,000 or for research projects, cost sharing of at least one-third is encouraged. For additional information, see the NLG-Libraries FY 2013 Guidelines.

Deadline: February 1, 2013


American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Innovative Reading Grant

The AASL Innovative Reading Grants fund the planning and implementation of programs that motivate children to read or especially encourage struggling readers. The award amount is $2,500, and there is quite a detailed list of evaluation criterion, one of which is that the applicant must be a personal member of AASL.

For more information, visit the AASL’s Innovative Reading Grant webpage.

Deadline: February 1, 2013


Again, these are just a few select grant funding opportunities in education. Many other organizations offer open or continuing funding cycles and deadlines. We can help you find more opportunities and secure more educational funding. See a full list of our services, or contact us today about how we can help you.


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