Literacy Program Grants
Lois Lenski, children’s book author and 1946 Newbery medalist for Strawberry Girl, understood that childrens’ ability to read is imperative for their success and their ability to understand the world around them. Towards that end, the Foundation provides grants to innovative and effective literacy programs that serve children from disadvantaged populations in the following regions: greater Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia and surrounding areas, and the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay areas.
Literacy programs operated by charitable [501(c)(3)] and other non-taxable agencies, including public libraries and schools, are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children. Programs that demonstrate innovation or a unique approach will receive favorable attention in our evaluation. New literacy programs are welcome to apply, as are those with a proven record of effectiveness.
Purpose and amount of the Grants
We are interested in literacy programs that engage children in activities that foster a lifelong love of reading and/or writing. Programs aimed at pre-school children can promote the enjoyment of books and reading by engaging the child in positive reading experiences, and/or facilitate family reading practices, and/or educate parents in the importance of early childhood reading experiences. Programs aimed at school-age children should involve direct reading instruction or consistent, regular, structured practice geared toward increasing children's literacy skills. These activities can take a variety of forms and can take place in a variety of environments, including but not limited to classrooms, after-school settings, community centers, libraries or other public spaces, or in the home. Innovative, positive approaches are desired.
Grants from the Foundation may go to general program support. We will also consider funding for a specific purpose that might otherwise not receive attention from other funders. First-time grants from the Foundation to a program will likely not exceed $10,000. Grant renewals will be considered.
Applying for a Grant
Potential applicants should contact the following Foundation Directors via email in the areas listed:
Baltimore – firstname.lastname@example.org
New York City – email@example.com
Philadelphia – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sacramento and SF Bay area – email@example.com
When emailing a director, please attach a brief (one page) Letter of Intent. Also provide telephone contact information, along with relevant website URL information, if available. Typically, an informational phone call and/or site visit will follow. If appropriate alignment of goals for the organization and the Foundation are established, a very brief grant proposal will be requested before a grant is can be awarded.
Questions regarding the Foundation or its literacy program grants may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.