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Possible funding and grant opportunities for Early Childhood Literacy, including purchasing of books.  Please check the links for specifics about the grants and requirements, and for current grants.

Barbara Bush Foundation

To learn more about grant opportunities, contact the Foundation by email at or by calling 850.562.5300.

Children's Book Fund Grants  (Family Reading Partnership)

"Through collaboration and sharing of our community vision for literacy, we know that many human service organizations that work with families have wonderful ideas for connecting parents and children with books. The Family Reading Partnership invites organizations to apply for a Children's Book Fund Grant that would help make these ideas for family reading encouragement a reality. We will consider grant requests small or large (min. $100, max. $5,000). We are eager to hear ideas for making books a special part of everyday family life for children in Tompkins County.

NOTE: Grants are only for the purchase of literature books for families to keep."

Coretta Scott King Review Books Donation Grant

Every year, in the process of choosing the Coretta Scott King Award winners and honor books, the Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association receives multiple copies of approximately 300 books by African American authors and illustrators. Once the award is chosen, these review copies must be removed to make room for the next year's nominees.

Libraries (either school or public) or other child-serving agencies could make use of these valuable materials. Therefore, the Coretta Scott King Task Force of EMIERT has devised the following process for donating these materials to an agency with demonstrated need."

Even Start (Dept. of Education)

"This program offers grants to support local family literacy projects that integrate early childhood education, adult literacy (adult basic and secondary-level education and instruction for English language learners), parenting education, and interactive parent and child literacy activities for low-income families with parents who are eligible for services under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and their children from birth through age 7."

First Book Grants

"The primary goal of First Book is to work with existing community literacy programs to distribute new books to children who, for economic reasons, have little or no access to books.First Book does not provide direct financial support, nor does it provide books to individuals, families, or book drives.Programs interested in receiving books from First Book Advisory Boards must:..."

Librari Foundation "Books for Children" Grants

 "Libraries are qualified on an individual basis. In general, county libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an active children's department. Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000."

Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants

"The Literacy Grants program was initiated in 2003 to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives."

“Baby Talk: Increasing Early Language and Literacy in Young Children” - Phi Kappa Phi funds will support Baby Talk, a research-based approach to fostering early literacy. Phi Kappa Phi funds will purchase 833 board books for distribution to children up to age five through pediatricians. The books will be distributed at well-child checkups, and students and faculty will serve as volunteer readers.]

Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Reading Programs

Target Early Childhood Reading Grants  (Grants through local stories)

"These grants support programs that promote a love of reading and encourage children, from birth through age 9, to read together with their families."

Wallace Foundation "Out of School Learning Grants"

"Improve the quality of out-of-school learning opportunities for children and families and promote learning as a core community value. 


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