3 Grants You can Apply for in December

ImageHere are three grant opportunities for which you can apply this month.  They're listed in chronological order by application deadline date.

Read to Lead Grant
Application formImage and details and grant scoring criteria Image
Deadline for applying: December 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
Award: $2,500 up to $40,000

These grants are aimed at improving literacy and early childhood development. Preference will be given to applications that aim to adhere to one or more of the recommendations in the Read to Lead Task Force report, such as:
• Offering a strong, evidence-based summer school program for struggling readers;
• Putting books into the hands of low-income children and support programs, which encourage parents and caregivers to read to children;
• Supporting or establishing programs to provide parents and caregivers with the skills necessary to foster better oral language development in their children;
• Supporting or developing collaborations in the community between adult literacy agencies and K-12 schools, so additional reading, writing, and computer literacy skills can be sought by parents wanting to improve their own literacy skills;
•  Partnering with businesses or organizations to promote the importance of literacy and develop programs to help struggling readers.
Read to Lead’s goal is to ensure students have the necessary reading skills before they reach 4th grade, where they transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant
Application form and Guidelines
Deadline for applying: December 30, 2014
Award: $3,000 grant

Awarded to the best public awareness campaign that promotes the 2015 National Library Week (April 12-18, 2015) theme "Unlimited possibilities @ your library."
Proposals are judged on the basis of how well they meet the contest criteria, along with other factors including creativity, originality, clarity of planning, and potential for generating widespread public visibility and support for libraries.

Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants
Application form and criteria
Deadline for applying: applications will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2015
Award: 3 libraries will receive copies of more than 60 titles submitted for consideration for the 2015 awards, including a full set of the winning titles

Awarded by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, this grant program provides books submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections. Each year, three organizations are selected that demonstrate need and potential benefit from receiving the collection.
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are presented annually by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee of the ALA’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) to encourage the artistic expression of the African-American experience via literature and the graphic arts.