Bookmobile Grant Program
Lois Lenski, children’s book author and 1946 Newbery medalist for Strawberry Girl, had a life-long concern that all children have access to good books. Toward that end, the Foundation provides grants to bookmobile programs that serve
children from disadvantaged populations.
The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation awards grants to organizations that operate a lending bookmobile that travels into neighborhoods populated by underserved youth. The grants are for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8. Bookmobiles operated by charitable [501(c)(3)] and other non-taxable agencies, including public libraries or schools, are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need.
Grants range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases, and cannot be used for administrative or operational uses.
SPECIAL NOTE TO THOSE INTERESTED IN GRANTS:
The LLCF no longer provides grants to schools, public libraries, or other libraries for the purchase of children's books, with the exception of bookmobiles. If you have been linked to our website by a grant listing service, please note that many of those services are not up-to-date with their information regarding the LLCF. Read the contents of our website carefully before completing a bookmobile grant application.
Purpose of the Grants
The bookmobile grant program provides grants for purchasing children’s fiction or non-fiction books. The books are to be available for checkout by young people for pleasure reading or, perhaps, as a source of information for a school assignment. The library grant program DOES NOT provide grants for book distribution programs (book gift programs), atlases, dictionaries, basal readers or similar texts, workbooks or similar instructional tools, magazine subscriptions, or for textbooks or encyclopedias.
The LLCF bookmobile grant program provides grants for the purchase of books for children preschool through grade 8 [Early Reader books through Young Adult and Hi-Lo books]. Only organizations within the United States, its territories, or commonwealths are eligible.
Grant awardees will be asked to return a brief questionnaire and to provide documentation of grant spending.
Our bookmobile grant cycle begins in February and ends in October.
A link to a downloadable application is available at the Bookmobile Grant Application webpage. That webpage also provides detailed instructions for completing and sending the application.
Questions regarding the Foundation or its bookmobile grant program may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.