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:
Project 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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