The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of libraries, organizations, or programs may apply for a grant?
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation (LLCF) library grant program provides grants for school libraries and for bookmobile programs, as well as charitable organizations [501(c)(3)] or other non-taxable organizations that have lending libraries where children may check out books to read or use for gathering information. The Foundation gives to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need.
What type of programs may NOT apply for a grant?
The LLCF grant program does NOT provide grants for using children's books in adult literacy programs, creating or augmenting classroom collections, or for book-distribution programs. IMPORTANT: Foundation does not provide grants to public libraries, with the exception of bookmobile programs. Public libraries, or charitable organizations supporting public libraries ("Friends of the Library" organizations), may apply for a public library only if they are applying for funds to buy books for a bookmobile program.
Our school is a high school. May we apply for a grant?
The LLCF grant program does not provide grants to high school libraries. K-12 schools or other schools that include both lower or middle school grades along with high school grades may apply for a grant, but all grant dollars must be used for books ranging from Early Reader books to Young Adult or Hi/Lo books, and are intended for children up to eighth grade.
May we use a LLCF grant to purchase any materials we wish?
LLCF grants are solely for the purchase of fiction and nonfiction trade books for young people. Grant funds may NOT be used to purchase textbooks, encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, basal readers or similar texts, or workbooks and like instructional tools.
May we apply for grant funds to be used for audio books?
Grant applications for audio books will be considered only in the cases of children with special needs, where audio books would be particularly appropriate in addressing those needs.
May we apply for grant funds to be used for ebooks?
The Foundation will consider applications asking for funds for ebook purchases, but not for e-readers.
May we send in a single application for an entire school district?
Each library within a school district is required to apply separately. We recommend that in such situations only one or two libraries with the greatest need be selected to apply.
We are a new library. May we apply for a grant to help us fill our empty shelves?
Only libraries that have been in operation for three or more years are eligible for a LLCF library grant.
May we apply for a grant for programs that provide books to libraries overseas?
We are limited to providing grants to programs within the United States, its commonwealths, or territories.
May we submit the application electronically?
No, all applications must be sent in paper form.
Do you have an electronic version of the application that we may download?
The downloadable application, found on the Grant Application page of this website, is in PDF format and may be filled in on a computer. Once completed, the information must be printed, signed, and dated, and sent by mail.
Is the due date the date the applications must be received or the last acceptable date for a postmark?
The due date (13 May) is the last day that the application may be postmarked. Do not waste money sending your application via express delivery.
May we fill in the application by hand?
Yes. Print the application and fill it in using ink. You may request that we send you a blank application via mail by writing to us or by sending an email.
Did you receive our application?
If you would like acknowledgement of receipt of your application, enclose a stamped, self-addressed post card with your completed application with the following in the message panel: “This acknowledges receipt of my application for a Lois Lenski Covey Foundation grant.” Please allow 4 weeks for us to return your post card before inquiring as to the status of your application. If after 30 days you have not received your acknowledgement post card, email or write Michael Covey at the address provided on the Contact Us page.
How will we know if we received a grant?
Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will only contact grant recipients. Contact will be in the form of a congratulatory letter, a check, and a form for documenting the book purchases. A list of recipients will be posted on the “News” web page of the LLCF web site. The list of grantees will be available on the web site by 18 October.
What can we do to improve our chances of receiving a grant?
First, make certain your library is eligible for a grant; i.e., your library must serve disadvantaged populations and must demonstrate real economic need and provide evidence that the collection is in need of development or updating. Also, respond to application questions as specifically and directly as possible. We look carefully at every application we receive.
Why did we not receive a grant?
We receive many more applications than we are able to fund. Unfortunately, there are many organizations and libraries struggling to meet the needs of their young reading patrons.
May we see the scores and comment that our application received?
We do not provide “scores” or comments to applicants.
May we see an example of a grant application that was successful?
We do not send copies of completed grant applications to other applicants.