Grant Opportunities

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Youth Literacy Grant
The 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.  Competitive grant opportunities are available annually to libraries located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store.  The Literacy Foundation also has a Family Literacy Grant program and a Summer Reading Grant program.

The Pilcrow Foundation Children's Book Project Grant
The Pilcrow Foundation, a national non-profit public charity, provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project.

Ohio Children's Foundation
"The mission of the Ohio Children's Foundation is to enhance the lives of children by providing grants to support services for at-rick children and families, by helping prepare children for kindergarten, and by advocating for public policy that will positively affect children's lives." Grant requests are accepted on a rolling basis year-round.

Half Pint Library from Half Price Books
"The Half Pint Library program is a book drive hosted each year by Half Price Books to collect and distribute children's books to those in need. Books donated through the Half Pint Library program provide an escape from the challenges faced by children, while helping to boost literacy skills outside of school."

First Book
First Book is an organization that strives to promote literacy in low-income areas. They provide high-quality children's books and educational materials at deeply discounted prices to registered organizations serving children from low-income families.

The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. Grant Awards
"The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Inc. annually awards grants for purchasing books published for young people, preschool through grade 8. Grants for 2011 will range from $500 to $3000 and are specifically for children's book purchases rather than administrative or operational uses. The LLCF library grant program provides grants for public libraries, school libraries, and charitable organizations [501(c)(3)] that have lending libraries where children up to age 18 may check out books to read or to use for gathering information."

Ezra Jack Keats Minigrant Program
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation awards $500 grants to public and school libraries to fund creative programs.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation offers grants in the categories of Health, Food Systems and Rural Development, Youth and Education, and Philanthropy and Volunteerism. Details and the application can be found on their website. Kellogg also funds the SPARK project, which is currently active in the Canton area and several other Ohio communities.

Wish You Well Foundation
The Wish You Well Foundation supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
To date, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has awarded over $40 million to support the development and expansion of 885 family literacy programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Foundation Center
Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Its Philanthropy News Digest lists grant opportunities in all sectors. One of only five Foundation Center learning centers nationwide is located in Cleveland and offers free access to information resources and educational programs.

Library Grants Blog
Keep up with additional grant opportunities by following this blog, which makes timely announcements about many different kinds of grant opportunities for libraries and librarians.

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