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National Book Fund (NBF)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Organizations
for Adult Literacy Programs and Resources

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Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to USA nonprofits and organizations for adult literacy programs and resources. Funding is intended to support programs in basic education for adults, basic literacy, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), high school equivalency preparation, math, and family literacy programs and services.

Priority will be given to nonprofit organizations and programs that provide literacy instruction at no charge to participating students.

New Readers Press, ProLiteracy's publishing division, provides the books and materials for NBF awards. These books are high-quality instructional materials specially written for literacy students and tutors. The NBF does not provide titles outside of those offered by New Readers Press.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159125

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants typically average from $500 to $2,000, although greater or lesser funding amounts are considered. Grant requests significantly over the $2,000 level are not typically funded, but will be considered as long as a clear programmatic and financial need is demonstrated in the application.

Term of Contract:

Upon award, recipient programs will have until June 15, 2018, to return the Letter of Agreement and the required cash contribution, if applicable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NBF makes grants to adult literacy and adult basic education programs.

To be eligible for an NBF grant, the applicant must:

- Have a clearly defined, specific need or project for the materials being requested
- Intend to use NBF materials directly with students receiving literacy instruction and/or with literacy staff, instructors, or volunteers
- Not have received an NBF grant during the 2016 or 2017 program cycles*

*Due to funder requirements, organizations that are located in the Washington, D.C., area are eligible to apply for an award yearly.

The NBF does not award grants to individuals.

The NBF does not fund requests to provide books for lending libraries or other resource centers where NBF materials are not directly linked to use with students receiving literacy instruction or the enhancement of an adult literacy initiative. Also, programs that request NBF materials to use strictly as free distribution items are not funded. Please note that if a lending library or resource center is requesting materials for collection development to develop or enhance an adult literacy collection the application will be considered. The application must clearly state the library or resource center’s role in supporting adult education.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2018 National Book Fund cycle is open March 1 - April 16.

Applicants will be notified electronically of their requests by May 31, 2018.

Due to this being the first year of offering an online application, all applicants must create a new account in order to apply.

NBF grants are made in the form of New Readers Press materials requested in the grant proposal. Order forms provided on the NBF web page for New Readers Press materials are the only order forms that will be accepted for this grant. Prices for materials are as indicated for both members and nonmembers.

Nonmember programs awarded a grant must provide a cash contribution to ProLiteracy equal to 20 percent of the award amount. ProLiteracy Organizational Members are not required to provide a cash contribution.

Submission of purchase orders instead of the cash contribution will not fulfill this requirement. The cash contribution does not apply to any previous or future purchases from New Readers Press.


Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Alicia Suskin, Grant Administrator
(315) 214-2463

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