It’s Read Across America Day! Celebrate with These 10 Grants
Have you ever wanted to escape reality even just for an hour? Do you ever feel like stepping into someone else’s shoes for a little bit and experience a world vastly different from your own? If you answered yes to either of these questions, reading is the perfect way to do all this and more!
Since March 2nd marks Read Across America Day, now is the perfect time to start a new reading adventure. On this day, people all over the world will be picking up their favorite book or starting a new series to celebrate their love of reading. Not only is reading a great break from your everyday life, but reading is also very beneficial to one’s health.
GrantWatch has a category specifically for Literacy and Libraries, as well as one for Arts and Culture grants. We’re sharing 10 of these grants that are related to reading for Read Across America Day.
These Grants Are a Novel Idea
- Firstly, there are in-kind book donations to U.S., Canada, and International organizations to provide underserved communities with reading material. Recipients include libraries, churches, schools, and Peace Corps volunteers throughout the developing world and in the United States.
- In-kind donations of books to U.S. nonprofits, schools, colleges and universities, museums and libraries, and local, state, and federal government agencies to build library collections.
- In-kind book donations to U.S. schools, Title 1 educators, and after-school programs to benefit low-income students. The purpose of the program is to provide teachers with additional resources to instill a love of learning and reading in their students. Grants will be awarded to the schools with the most creative and meaningful initiatives.
- Lastly, there are in-kind donations of books to U.S. nonprofit organizations to benefit children from underserved and low-income backgrounds. Eligible organizations are those seeking to build, expand, or add to a small library, as well as those presenting new books for children to take home.
- There are also grants to U.S. public and tribal libraries in rural areas for new children’s books. The purpose of the project is to increase access to quality children’s books. Recipients can choose the most appropriate books from a list of more than 500 high-quality hardcover children’s books.
- Grant of up to $1,000 to a U.S. library employee to participate in continuing education events related to library and information sciences. The purpose of this program is to support continual learning, leadership development, and quality library service.
- Awards to U.S., Canada, and International libraries for exceptional public relations programs. Examples of eligible programs include innovative partnerships in the community, awareness campaigns, fundraising for a new college library, a year-long centennial celebration, and a summer reading program.
- Grants of $500 to U.S. and territories community organizations and libraries serving indigenous families and children for storytelling programs. Funding is for programs that explore and celebrate Asian/Pacific American and American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Grants for Authors
- Grants to U.S. published authors to provide emergency financial assistance. Funding is for authors with an urgent need, such as a medical emergency or natural disaster. Applicants must have published at least one full-length fiction or nonfiction work that has been published by a mainstream publisher.
- Awards to U.S., Canada, and International authors for nonfiction books on Jewish subjects. In addition to the cash prize, winners will receive marketing and promotion assistance.
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