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Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund Grant Program

Grants to Canada Public Elementary Schools
for Literacy Projects, Resources, and Books

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/08/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to Canada high-needs public elementary schools for literacy resources and projects. Funding is intended for schools to purchase books and educational resources for junior kindergarten through grade eight classrooms.

Funding is intended to support high-needs schools that effectively foster a culture of literacy despite limited resources. All Literacy Fund grants are to be used to update school and classroom libraries with new books.

All successful grant recipients will receive funding in the following way:

- 90% of the funding is set up as a corporate account to buy books from Indigo Books & Music Inc.
- 10% of the funding is a check to fund special literacy events or initiatives to stir the imagination of the students in a way that will help inspire a love of reading.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177776

Number of Grants:

The number of grants is determined based on the number of applicants, the funds available for granting and the quality of the applications. In 2018, 30 schools received an Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund grant.

Term of Contract:

All successful grant recipients will receive funding over a three year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant is only for publicly-funded elementary schools. The Foundation accepts applications from both federally and provincially funded schools.

This grant supports schools that serve students in Grades Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight. If a school doesn’t have students in any of those Grades, the school will not be eligible for a grant. If a school serves ineligible Grades (e.g. Grades 9 through 12) in additional to eligible Grades, the amount of any grant will be determined based on the number of students in eligible Grades.

Generally, the Foundation considers a “high-needs” school to be one that is challenged by various socio-economic factors. These factors can include a higher than average number of students from single-parent or low-income families, a high level of transience among the student population, or a high number of students who face linguistic barriers to learning.

Daycare and nonprofit organizations are not eligible for a grant.

The grant cannot be used to pay for salaries, capital investments (playgrounds, building additional rooms, etc.) or textbooks.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, February 8, 2019 by 11:59 (EST) through the online application portal. No handwritten, mailed or faxed grant applications will be accepted for review.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon