5 Grants: Apply to Buy Books, Have a "Read Out" & Create a Learning Lab

ImageLois Lenski Covey Foundation Grant
Deadline: June 15, 2012
Grants range from $500 to $3000
Details, guidelines & application
"The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. annually awards grants for purchasing books published for young people preschool through grade 8. Public libraries, school libraries, and non-traditional libraries operated by 501(c)(3) agencies are eligible. The Foundation provides grants to libraries or organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need. Grants for 2012 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for book purchases, and cannot be used for administrative or operational uses."

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants
Deadline: May 16, 2012 Grants range up to $4000
Details, guidelines & application
"Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs"

To qualify, your library needs to be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store (store locator map), and provide literacy programs for new readers, below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities. Maximum grant amount is $4,000.

Banned Books Week Event Grant
Deadline: May 11, 2012
Grants in the amount of $1000 and $2500 will be awarded
Details, guidelines & application
The Judith Krug Memorial Fund disburses grants to organizations to assist them in staging a "Read-Out" (an event at which people gather to read from books that have been banned or challenged over the years, in order to celebrate the freedom to read) or other events to celebrate Banned Books Week (September 30-October 6, 2012).

Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation Literacy and Education Grant
Deadline: August 31, 2012
Grants range from $1000 to $5000
Details, guidelines & application
"... direct support for children in literacy and education programs such as summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs."  These grants are for one-time purchases or to fulfill a short-term need, such as the purchase of materials or books.

Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums
Deadline: June 15, 2012
Grant amount: up to $100,000
Matching Requirement: Cost sharing of at least one third is encouraged, but not required
Details, guidelines & application
"These grants will support the planning and designing of up to 30 Learning Labs in libraries and museums throughout the country. The Labs are intended to engage middle- and high-school youth in mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media. Grantees will be required to participate, in-person and online, in a community of practice that will provide technical assistance, networking, and cross-project learning. Projects are expected to provide prototypes for the field and be based on current research about digital media and youth learning."