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Family Reading Celebration Grants

Grants to Oakland, California Nonprofits and
Schools for Children's Literacy Programs

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Oakland Literacy Coalition - Oakland Reads

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Grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to Oakland, California schools, preschools, or nonprofit community organizations to promote literacy for children (ages 0 - 8). Funding is intended for events that involve children and their families, feature a read-aloud or parent workshop, connect families with resources to encourage reading at home, and give at least one book to every child in attendance to add to their home collection. Funds may be used to cover Family Reading Celebration expenses including books, food, professional workshop presenter fees, and raffle prizes.

Grants may be used for a one-time event or a series of recurring family literacy activities. Applicants are encouraged to budget for new, high-interest, culturally and linguistically responsive books and professional resources to lead parent workshops or model reading strategies. Grant amounts will be determined based on the size of the event and how funds will be used to connect families with resources to support reading.

 Strong proposals will:

  • Include the whole school or larger community in high interest activities for children and families.
  • Prioritize literacy and learning in their budget and demonstrate how funds will support their literacy goals.
  • Establish strong school-to-home connections and/or promote learning in non-traditional spaces.
  • Include a budget or plan for acquiring new (or very high quality), high-interest, culturally and linguistically relevant books for all participating children to take home.
  • Incorporate professional resources to lead parent workshops, model reading strategies, or provide interactive and engaging activities.  Referrals can be made to organizations that can provide these services. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162588

Estimated Size of Grant:

$250 - $1,000

Term of Contract:

Grants recipients must use funds for a Family Reading Celebration during the 2019-20 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant is open to:
- Oakland Unified School District Elementary Schools. Grants cannot be made directly to individual district schools, so schools must apply in partnership with a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (e.g. a tutoring, after school, or parent organization) that will accept the funds and make purchases for the event. Schools may elect to receive funds as a First Book Marketplace promo code to purchase books and supplies.
- Charter Elementary Schools with 501(c)3 nonprofit status or part of a nonprofit charter management organization.
- Preschools and Child Care Centers with 501(c)3 nonprofit status or partnering with a nonprofit organization that will accept the grant and partner with the site on the event. OUSD sites must apply with a nonprofit partner organization.
- Community & Faith-Based Organizations with 501(c)3 nonprofit status, serving children ages 0-8, that will host an event at their own facility, at an eligible partner school/preschool, or at another location in the community, such as a library or park. Organizations that provide school-based services are eligible to apply to hold an event at a partner school, but cannot limit the event to only students enrolled in their program.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for a 2019-20 school year grant is Friday, October 4.

Funding decisions will be announced by Friday, October 18.

The payment schedule will be:
- For events planned through January 31, 2020, grants payments will be awarded in mid-October.
- For events scheduled on or after February 1, 2020, an email will be sent two months in advance of the proposed event date to confirm the date and location, as plans often shift over the course of the year.

Only one grant may be awarded per school or site per school year. Organizations may apply on behalf of one or more sites but are required to submit separate applications for each. If you are planning a school-based event, please notify the principal of your intent to apply in order to avoid multiple applications being submitted by different teachers/partners.

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

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Oakland Literacy Coalition
120 Linden Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 280-3547

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USA: California: Oakland

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