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Grants for Literacy Education

Fri, Feb 8, 2019 @ 15:02 PM / by Vickie Garton-Gundling posted in reading grant, literacy grants, literacy, education grants, grants for libraries, library grants, grant funding, school library grants, school libraries

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The 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:

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Strategic Decisions Regarding Letters of Introduction

Tue, Oct 30, 2018 @ 10:10 AM / by Carol Timms posted in LOI, grant tips, Grant Writing Tips, grants, letter of intent, letter proposal, Grant Writing and Planning, grants writing, grant planning, applying for grants, grant funding, grant, grant proposal, grant strategies, grant project development, securing grants

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Many grantmaking organizations—especially small, private foundations—do not accept proposals for initial funding requests. Instead, they require grantseekers to submit a letter of introduction (LOI), also known as a letter of interest, letter of inquiry, letter of intent, or letter of request (LOR). Often, LOIs are requested by foundations as a tool to determine which projects they will be invited to submit a full proposal. While each grantmaking organization’s requirements for these letters may vary, most funders want LOIs of no more than one to three pages that describe the project for which you’re requesting funding and indicate the amount of funding for which you’re asking.

But is writing LOIs (as opposed to grant proposals) really worth doing? There are two main strategic approaches to consider: sending many LOIs – vs- fewer full proposals. To determine the best strategy for your organization, consider some of the general pros and cons of LOI writing when seeking grant funding.

Pros

-- LOIs are brief and quick to write.

Most full grant proposals require multiple pages of specific information regarding your funding request, including a project description, timeline, itemized budget, and measurable goals and outcomes. Therefore, planning your project and then writing a good proposal can take days, weeks, or even months. Because LOIs require much less verbiage and rely on more general information, an experienced writer can prepare a persuasive LOI quickly. If you have a collection of documents and text from other proposals and LOIs, the task can be even easier.

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Rebuilding After A Disaster

Tue, Oct 23, 2018 @ 16:10 PM / by Carol Timms posted in library grant, nonprofit, foundation funding, disaster preparedness, natural disaster, grants for disaster planning, non-profit, first responders, grant opportunity, foundation grant money, animal shelter, FEMA, football grants, grants for football, animal shelter grant, animal shelter funding, NFL, football equipment grants, grants from service organizations, service organizations, dog park grants, animal grants, dog grants, grants for dog parks, grants for dogs, grants for animal needs, dog parks, grants for disaster relief, disaster relief grants, grant funding, grant, Hurricane Harvey, grants for animals, animal needs grants, thank you, disaster, Disaster Relief Grants for School Libraries, school library grants, school libraries

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Immediately after a disaster, governmental agencies, volunteers and non-profits respond en masse to the affected area. These entities provide essential health and human services. In turn, granting organizations support these first responders by offering grants for general expenses and specific special interests.

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