This grant provides $500 to support literacy goals. Successful applicants will explain in their proposal how they will use grant components to stimulate interest and enthusiasm for literacy activities and how this addresses COVID-19 changes to your program or your participants.

Any organization that has been a CLiF partner in the last five years is eligible to apply, including schools, libraries, summer program locations, preschools, and summer food distribution locations.

Applicants must be able to impact at least 30 kids from birth to age 12 (or sixth grade).

Grant applications are due June 15; CLiF will award grants on a rolling basis. Funds must be used and feedback submitted by September 1, 2021. There is potential for this grant to reopen next winter as well, so this funding is ideally to support summer sites needing additional funds.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to reflect on your Community Building grant. This is still an evolving opportunity for CLiF, and your honest feedback is much appreciated. At least one response is required by June 16, 2021. We expect it to take about 15 minutes to complete.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to reflect on your Year of the Book. We hope the circumstances of this year are not repeated, but we will use this information to improve the program for future schools. Please submit your form before June 30. Everyone at CLiF sincerely appreciates your hard work to make the Year of the Book happen this year. 

During the 2021-2022 school year, CLiF will offer 12 Rural Libraries grants (6 in Vermont and 6 in New Hampshire). Applications are due June 15, 2021. Ideal candidates will use the CLiF grant to think energetically, resourcefully, and creatively about getting books to children by collaborating with the local elementary school, childcare centers, and community members, encouraging family participation in the public library, and promoting the new collection of books. CLiF appreciates the unique challenges facing schools and libraries during this pandemic, and is open to exploring creative delivery of grant components to best serve your community.


  • $2,000 worth of new children’s books for the public library, to be chosen by the public librarian
  • $500 worth of new children’s books for the school library, to be chosen by the school librarian
  • A storytelling and book presentation at the local elementary school for all students PK-6, to be held between September and December, live or virtual as we are able.
  • An author or illustrator visit and book giveaway for all the students at the elementary school to be held between April and June. Each student will be able to choose two new books to take home and keep from hundreds of titles provided by CLiF. The public and school librarians will showcase their summer reading programs.
  • Two storytelling presentations and two book giveaways for the local child care(s) on the same days as the two presentations at the school. After the storytelling, each child will be able to choose two books to take home and keep, and CLiF will leave behind an on-site library of 15 new books at the child care.
  • $250 grant application to support programming in your library.


  • Public library in Vermont or New Hampshire.
  • Located in a town of 5,000 residents or fewer.
  • Limited budget, libraries with annual budget of less than $125,000 generally given preference.
  •  Demonstrated need for CLiF support.
  • Enthusiasm to partner with the local elementary school, child care centers, and community members.
  • Must be a minimum of four years since your last Rural Library grant.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this simple feedback form. At CLiF, we
continue to adapt and evolve. Central to our improvement is the feedback we
receive from program participants. Please share your thoughts on the event,
presenter, and program as a whole. We value all feedback and hope you have some
anecdotes and quotes to share too. Thank you!

Children's Literacy Foundation