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Community Building Grant

Grants to New Hampshire and Vermont Nonprofits, Schools,
and Book Clubs for Community Building Literacy Programs

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Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF)

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Grants and in-kind products and training to New Hampshire and Vermont community organizations, classrooms, book groups, and after school programs serving underserved populations for literacy programs. Funding is intended to support efforts to strengthen relationships between different groups within communities. Your application must show how you will partner with CLiF’s target audience of low-income, at-risk, and rural children.

At a time when our country feels tense and divided, CLiF has designed a grant opportunity to help build bridges and strengthen relationships between different groups within communities. CLiF has selected two programs that succeeded in achieving this goal last year and a new opportunity.

Reading Buddies for Seniors - Programs will:
- Partner with the local senior housing community or senior center.
- Match each child to a senior volunteer.
- Once a month, invite seniors to school or send students to visit.
- Students and their senior buddies choose books and take turns reading aloud to each other.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten - This initiative encourages parents to read aloud to young children. It's a popular library program but can be applied anywhere. Team up with your local librarian and childcare centers

My Community Story program is a new opportunity for 2017-2018 being offered by the Young Writers Project. This offers a way to bring storytelling into the classroom. YWP provides you the tools you need to help your students practice writing, give and receive feedback, use digital media and create stories small and big.

Goals of the Community Building Grants:

- Build empathy for others by connecting with new groups
- Create excitement around sharing books and writing
- Inspire students and adults to read and write for pleasure
- Encourage an appreciation for similarities and differences
- Support all kinds of young readers and writers
- Ensure all children have high-quality books of their own at home
- Engage parents and encourage reading and writing at home

Criteria include:

- Demonstrated need and excitement
- Enthusiasm, creativity, and collaboration exhibited by the partners
- Clear demonstration of how this grant will benefit students and their communities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182214

Estimated Size of Grant:

Reading Buddies for Seniors and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten programs receive:
- A small on-site library (valued at $500) that you will select from FirstBook
- A training session (worth $500) with CLiF-trained professional that gives tips for sharing books
- A book giveaway where all program participants select two new books to keep

My Community Story programs receive:

$250 for the Young Writers Program services:
- An easy-to-use digital classroom website of where teacher/group leader and students can privately share work created in regular free-writes, in response to community story challenges or as part of your own curriculum
- Content: challenges (exercises) and resources designed to progressively get students to go deeper with storytelling, research, digital media and editing
- Support -- both technical and content-oriented -- from experts with Young Writers Project

A training session (worth $500) with CLiF-trained professional that gives tips for sharing and writing personal stories

Additional funding (up to $150) to fund a community gathering where participants can share work with their families and community members

Term of Contract:

Partners must be able to complete the grant and send final feedback by June 15, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

- Community organizations such as classrooms, afterschool programs, library-based book groups etc, located in New Hampshire or Vermont.
- Your project must serve a community with at least 30% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Your application must show how you will partner with CLiF’s target audience of low-income, at-risk, and rural children.
- At least 30 kids must participate in the program.
- Organizations with an enthusiastic and organized coordinator willing to collaborate with CLiF on planning, organizing, and communicating about your project.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2017. Decisions will be made by October 15, 2017.

More on Reading Buddies for Seniors:

More on 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten:

More on My Community Story Project:

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:

Questions should be sent to:
Meredith Scott, Program Director

1536 Loomis Hill Road
Waterbury Center, VT 05677

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire;   Vermont