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Innovations in Reading Prize, 2012

Grant Awards for Organizations or Individuals
Promoting and Sustaining a Love of Reading

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The National Book Foundation

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Grant prizes are available nationwide for individuals or organizations with programs and projects that inspire people to develop a passion for reading. The goal of the funding is to create a passionate and lifelong bond between people and books. The Foundation prioritizes projects that demonstrate creativity and innovation.

Innovations in Reading seeks applications that demonstrate a commitment to literature and the promotion of reading for its own sake. Important criteria are risk-taking, creativity, and a visionary quality, as well as a novel way of presenting books and literature. There is less interest in programs where the focus is basic literacy and the pedagogy of reading.

People can submit applications for themselves or can nominate someone else to receive this award. Each self nomination must be accompanied by two letters of reference. When nominating someone else, only one additional reference letter is required.

The winning prize consists of the following:
1. $2,500 cash award to an individual or an institution; in the case of a partnership between the two, the former receives $2,500 and the latter $1,000.
2. Multi-media coverage of the winning programs via the National Book Foundation's website, press releases, monthly eNewsletter, and Facebook and Twitter feeds.
3. Acknowledgement of the winning programs in the National Book Awards Ceremony and dinner program, read by thousands of professionals in the literary and publishing communities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 127261

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Eligibility is open to both individuals and institutions.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

National Book Foundation
Attn: Innovations in Reading
90 Broad Street, Suite 604
New York, NY 10004


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