The topic of literacy is one that resurfaces regularly due to its continued relevance in today’s world. Literacy is at the center of everything from education, employment, relationships, and finances to many other aspects of modern life. Most people define the word as being able to read and write, at least on a basic level. However, that definition may be shifting, as some also define it as the ability to understand and interpret language. Regardless of how it is interpreted, literacy is an issue that requires attention and action.
While the U.S. has a relatively high literacy rate, this can differ based on location and access to resources. New Hampshire has the highest literacy rate in the country at 94.2 percent, and California has the lowest rate at 76.9 percent. According to the Literacy Project Foundation, “45 million Americans are functionally illiterate and cannot read above a fifth-grade level.” In addition, only half of adults in the U.S. can read books written at an eighth-grade level.
Libraries are one resource that can help improve literacy. Research shows that having access to libraries and services provided (like computers and research capabilities) can be helpful in improving literacy rates. Libraries also offer reading programs that can help improve the reading level among participants. GrantWatch has a grant category specifically for Literacy and Libraries.
Top Five Literacy and Library Grants
- There are grants available to U.S. nonprofits for adult education and literacy. These grants of up to $10,000 will go to U.S. nonprofit organizations that improve literacy among adults. Deadline: Ongoing
- There are also grants listed at GrantWatch for U.S., Canada, and International nonprofits and IHE’s to publish non-fiction books. Deadline: 09/01/21. Funding is intended to be used for books in the areas of:
- cultural history
- the city
- public issues
- Grants of $3,000 and in-kind support to U.S. libraries in rural areas for community engagement projects and resources. In-kind support includes professional development, project and technical support, and online resources for library staff. Deadline: 09/16/21
- There are grants available for U.S. nonprofits and agencies to improve libraries and archive services. The goal of these grants is to strengthen the use of libraries and relative services for the American public. Deadline: 03/25/22
- Finally there are in-kind grants of new children’s books to the U.S. public and tribal libraries. The purpose of this project is to increase access to quality children’s books. Deadline: 10/01/21
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