Literacy Grant Opportunities


NOTE: This list includes archived grant opportunities; not all opportunities are currently available. However, many funding opportunities are cyclical, so it would be in your best interest to keep closed opportunities in mind for future funding needs.

Please remember these are just a select few of the many grant opportunities available for literacy funding. If you are interested in joining our free Watch List for literacy grants, please fill out the form to the right.

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

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.

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

Awarded to schools, libraries, and non-profit organizations. Each grant is $2,000. 1,750 of these grants were awarded in 2011. Grant applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30 of each year.

Each grant is up to $700. In the 2011-2012 school year, 5,045 schools received grants. Grant applications are accepted between August 1 and September 30 of each year.

Each grant is $2,000. In 2011, 1,729 schools received grants. Grant applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30 of each year.

  • Target Grants - Foundation Grants
        • Arts Grants - Focus on providing arts and cultural experiences to the community.

        • Social Services Grants - Focuses on programs and organization 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 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.

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.

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.