Application Process

 The deadline to apply for a Year of the Book Grant is March 15, 2024 for the 2024-2025 school year. All applications must be submitted online no later than this date to be considered. A completed application will include:

  • A completed Year of the Book application form
  • A statement of support from the school principal
  • A statement of support from the director or children’s librarian of the local public library
  • A statement of support from the school librarian (if your school has one)
  • Statements of support from your school's literacy interventionist or other educators (optional, but strongly encouraged)
  • Any additional materials that demonstrate the school’s need for supplementary literacy programming and/or the creative, enthusiastic ways that the school staff will help this initiative to succeed
  • Final statement: CLiF may ask grant finalists to submit a one-page final statement summing up their commitment to Year of the Book programs

All grant applicants will be notified no later than April 15, 2024.


Schools that receive Year of the Book grants are asked to facilitate their grant’s success by completing the following activities before the end of the current school year: 

  • Local Coordinator: Schools must select a local coordinator. The coordinator will be CLiF’s onsite contact and it is crucial they have the capacity and energy for this project. They will work with the school and a local advisory committee to organize, schedule, and report on events and programs. The coordinator may be a school administrator, educator, or librarian. CLiF will pay the coordinator a stipend of $600 for the year as a small expression of our thanks for their efforts.
  • Advisory Committee: CLiF asks the local coordinator to assemble a committee of teachers, staff, parents, administration, and/or community members to help with event planning and promotion and with maintaining momentum after the grant period.
  • Informational Kickoff Meeting: In Spring 2024, CLiF will set up meetings (either in-person or virtually) at each sponsored school to meet the local coordinator, advisory committee, principal, and staff involved with the planning process. At this meeting, CLiF staff will work with your school to plan the fall kickoff event, brainstorm an initial calendar of events for the upcoming year, and answer any questions.
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