One of the most appealing holiday customs we are aware of comes from Iceland, where people exchange books on Christmas Eve, then go off to a comfortable corner to sip hot chocolate and read the night away.The period from September through November when most of the books are purchased even has a special name, Jolabokaflod, or "Christmas Book Flood." We would like to honor the spirit of this tradition. On this day after Christmas, the first day of Kwanzaa and the second day of Hanukkah, we bring you grants related to books, reading and literacy! We wish everyone a happy holiday season and joyful reading in the New Year!
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read Project
The purpose of this grant is to encourage literary engagement via reading programs for diverse audiences. Applicants must select one of twenty eight titles for their Big Read Project. Eligible applicants include Native American tribes, local government, academic institutions, nonprofits and schools/school districts. Apply by January 26, 2017.
p.s. Whether or not you are applying for the grant, do click on the link for great suggestions for a well rounded 2017 reading list!
The First Book National Book Bank
The First Book National Book Bank is a national clearinghouse for book donations. Each year, it gives 8 million books to children who might not otherwise have them. Anyone working in a Title 1 school or a program where 70% or above of clients are low income can sign up. Notifications of available books are made on a monthly basis.
Upcoming American Library Association (ALA) Grants
The Bookapalooza Program
The Bookapalooza program enhances the ability of libraries to better serve children through the the acquisition of books, videos, and other audiovisual materials. Eligible applicants are local government, academic institutions, nonprofits, schools/school districts. Apply by February 1, 2017
The Inspire Collection Development Grant
This grant helps middle and high school academic achievement by supplementing resources in the school library. Eligible applicants are individual public schools who serve grades 5 - 12 with existing school libraries. Apply by February 1, 2017
The Inspire Special Events Grant
This program encourages academic achievement by supporting activities that promote reading and student engagement. Short term projects such as author visits, special events, contests, book clubs, and summer reading are potential events. Eligible applicants are individual public schools who serve grades 5 - 12 with existing school libraries. Apply by February 1, 2017
Want more resources for books and reading programs? Click the box below for 10 more organizations that support literacy-related causes.