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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Organizations for
Educational Programs that Enhance Reading Skills

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Grants of up to $2,000 to USA nonprofit and other organizations for educational programs that help people learn to read. Funding is intended to support services and programming in the areas of education for adults, English language, high school equivalency preparation, basic literacy, family literacy and math, and related resources.

The National Book Fund® (NBF) provides adult education and literacy programs throughout the United States with New Readers Press books and educational resources needed to support literacy initiatives. NBF grants are made in the form of New Readers Press materials requested in the grant proposal.

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

Before ProLiteracy established the National Book Fund (NBF), literacy programs that couldn't afford to buy books for students and instructors simply did without them. Students shared worn-out books with other students. Instructors used cast-off books, outdated resources, and photocopies during lessons. But today, with the help of NBF, all that is being changed.

To be eligible for an NBF grant, the applicant must intend to use NBF materials directly with students receiving literacy instruction and/or with literacy staff, instructors, or volunteers.

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.  

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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:

Prior to delivery of materials or online courses, all NBF award recipients must sign a Letter of Agreement that details the conditions under which the grant is being awarded. Recipient programs will have until May 10, 2020, to return the Letter of Agreement and the required cash contribution, if applicable.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The National Book Fund® (NBF) provides adult education and literacy programs throughout the United States.

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.

The NBF does not award grants to individuals.

Pre-Application Information:

The National Book Fund will accept applications starting February 1, 2021 through March 15, 2021.

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.

There is a waiting period before previous NBF grant recipients are eligible to reapply for support. Programs that received grants in 2018 or 2019 are not currently eligible to apply for an award in 2020. However, due to funder requirements, organizations that are located in the Washington, D.C., area are eligible to apply for an award yearly.


Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

Please direct any further questions about the NBF or the application process to Alicia Suskin at or (315) 214-2463.

Applicants may also email questions to the NBF Program Director, Sarah Howell at the above email address, or call her at (315) 214-2455.

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