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Tue, Oct 2, 2012 @ 15:10 PM / by Alisyn Franzen

Literacy Grants Could Help Ease Pain of Budget Cuts

For students across the nation, fall suggests a fresh start: new teachers, new classrooms, new supplies, etc. However, for school administrators, fall suggests the same old problem: budget cuts. And the dilemma of finding a new solution can be daunting.

Budget cuts have deeply affected literacy programs, but several grant opportunities for such programs are currently available, with many more forthcoming.

The following are just some of the corporations and organizations that offer literacy grant opportunities:

1) Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy (application process begins January 2013)

  • Funds family literacy programs and research-based curriculum across the U.S.


2) Lowe's Toolbox for Education (applications due October 12, 2012)

  • Any K-12 public schools or non-profit parent group associated with a public K-12 school is eligible.

  • A wide variety of projects qualify, but preference is given to projects that leave lasting impacts.

  • Grants awarded range from $2,000 to $5,000.

  • Application process is closed if 1,500 applications are received.

  • $5 million will be donated to over 1,000 schools.Literacy Grant Education Budget


3) Dollar General Literacy Grants (applications available January 2013)

  • Awarded to create or develop literacy programs, purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials, or software for literacy programs and initiatives.


4) Target Grants (Four different types of grants available)

     Early childhood reading grants

  • Awarded to schools, libraries, and non-profit organizations.

  • Each grant is $2,000.

  • Grant applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30 of each year.

  • 1,750 of these grants were awarded in 2011.


     Field trip grants

  • Each grant is up to $700.

  • Grant applications are accepted between August 1 and September 30 of each year.

  • 5,045 schools received grants during the 2011-2012 school year.


     Arts, culture, and design in schools

  • Each grant is $2,000.

  • Grant applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30 of each year.

  • 1,729 schools received grants in 2011.


     Target Foundation grants

  • Arts grants (application opens January 1)

    • Focuses on providing arts and cultural experiences to the community.

  • Social services grants (application opens March 1).

    • Focuses on programs and organizations that provide communities or at-risk families with food, clothing and housing.

  • NOTE: Target Foundation grant applicants are limited to organizations that are classified as 501(c)(3) in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota metropolitan area only.


The need for literacy funding is clear, and in a budget crisis, every little bit helps. suggests planning ahead. Begin your grant search today. Join our Watch List to receive alerts whenever a grant that fits your needs becomes available, or let us help you conduct a Grant Opportunity Search. You can also contact a Grant Helper for more information.


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