Foundation / Corporation
Indigo Love of Reading Foundation
02/16/18 11:59 PM EST
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#: 177776
The number of grants is determined based on the number of applicants, the funds available for granting and the quality of the applications. In 2017, 30 schools received an Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund grant.
All successful grant recipients will receive funding over a three year period.
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.
Deadline for Submissions: Friday, February 16, 2018 by midnight (EST).
Schools should consider consulting their ministry or school board, the Early or Middle Years Development Instrument, local health & social surveys or indices, or student information forms to obtain necessary supporting demographic information.
Mandatory creative project: The creative project allows schools and literacy teams to highlight their commitment to literacy outside the application statistics and questions.There are two options for this mandatory creative project:
- A video that captures the values of your school and its commitment to literacy. As a suggestion, it can include interviews with members of your community; such as teachers, librarians, parents, and students (a maximum length of 5 minutes); OR
- Letters from teachers, librarians and students that share the impact of the library (a maximum of five letters).
Overview and tips:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For questions, email LORliteracyfund@indigo.ca.
Canada: Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan Yukon