At a time when our country feels tense/divided and isolated/uncertain, CLiF has designed a grant opportunity to help build bridges and strengthen relationships between different groups within communities. In this year where planning is difficult, CLiF has combined our Revive your Literacy Programming and Community Building grants to offer more flexible opportunities to use reading and writing to connect kids to their communities while building a love of literacy. The Revive grant is typically $500 to support programming, and the Community Building is $1000 for author visits, books, and events. This year, the application asks how much money you are requesting. CLiF is open to many ways of safely and meaningfully delivering the components of these grants. Grant funds can be used for summer programs, but must be spent by June 15, 2022. 

  • Reading Buddies for Seniors or Pen Pals - includes an author visit, an onsite library, and a two book giveaway (budgeted at $1000)
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - includes an author visit, an onsite library, and a two book giveaway (budgeted at $1000)
  • Poetry or Songwriting Workshop led by CLiF Poet Presenter - includes 3 days with one of our poets or songwriter Jon Gailmor (budgeted at $1000)
  • Design your own! What project/partnership will bring your students into contact with their community with literacy as an engagement point? (select $500 or $1000)


CLiF is open to your ideas on programming that connects kids with their communities!

Goals of the Community Building Grants

·      Build empathy for others by connecting with new groups

·      Create excitement around sharing books and writing

·      Inspire students and adults to read and write for pleasure

·      Encourage an appreciation for similarities and differences

·      Support all kinds of young readers and writers

·      Ensure children have high-quality books of their own at home

·      Engage parents and encourage reading and writing at home


Who Is Eligible to Apply?

·      Community organizations located in New Hampshire or Vermont.

·      Your project must serve a community with at least 30% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Your application must show how you will partner with CLiF’s target audience of low-income, at-risk, and rural children.

·      At least 30 kids must participate in the program.

·      Organizations with an enthusiastic and organized coordinator willing to collaborate with CLiF on planning, organizing, and communicating about your project.  

·      Partners must complete the grant and send final feedback by June 15, 2022

·      Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2022. Decisions will be made by April 15, 2022. 


How CLiF Will Select Grant Recipients

Criteria include:

  • Demonstrated need and excitement
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, and collaboration exhibited by the partners
  • Clear demonstration of how this grant will benefit students and their communities


Questions should be sent to Meredith Scott, Program Director, meredith@clifonline.org. 

At a time when our country feels tense/divided and isolated/uncertain, CLiF has designed a grant opportunity to help build bridges and strengthen relationships between different groups within communities. In this year where planning is difficult, CLiF has combined our Revive your Literacy Programming and Community Building grants to offer more flexible opportunities to use reading and writing to connect kids to their communities while building a love of literacy. The Revive grant is typically $500 to support programming, and the Community Building is $1000 for author visits, books, and events. This year, the application asks how much money you are requesting. CLiF is open to many ways of safely and meaningfully delivering the components of these grants. Grant funds can be used for summer programs, but must be spent by June 15, 2022.

  • Reading Buddies for Seniors or Pen Pals - includes an author visit, an onsite library, and a two book giveaway (budgeted at $1000)
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - includes an author visit, an onsite library, and a two book giveaway (budgeted at $1000)
  • Poetry or Songwriting Workshop led by CLiF Poet Presenter - includes 3 days with one of our poets or songwriter Jon Gailmor (budgeted at $1000)
  • Design your own! What project/partnership will bring your students into contact with their community with literacy as an engagement point? (select $500 or $1000)


CLiF is open to your ideas on programming that connects kids with their communities!

Goals of the Community Building Grants

·      Build empathy for others by connecting with new groups

·      Create excitement around sharing books and writing

·      Inspire students and adults to read and write for pleasure

·      Encourage an appreciation for similarities and differences

·      Support all kinds of young readers and writers

·      Ensure children have high-quality books of their own at home

·      Engage parents and encourage reading and writing at home


Who Is Eligible to Apply?

·      Community organizations located in New Hampshire or Vermont.

·      Your project must serve a community with at least 30% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Your application must show how you will partner with CLiF’s target audience of low-income, at-risk, and rural children.

·      At least 30 kids must participate in the program.

·      Organizations with an enthusiastic and organized coordinator willing to collaborate with CLiF on planning, organizing, and communicating about your project.  

·      Partners must complete the grant and send final feedback by June 15, 2022

·      Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2022. Decisions will be made by April 15, 2022.

How CLiF Will Select Grant Recipients

Criteria include:

  • Demonstrated need and excitement
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, and collaboration exhibited by the partners
  • Clear demonstration of how this grant will benefit students and their communities


Questions should be sent to Meredith Scott, Program Director, meredith@clifonline.org. 

During the 2022-2023 school year, CLiF will offer 12 Rural Libraries grants (6 in Vermont and 6 in New Hampshire). Applications are due May 18, 2022. 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.

GRANT RECIPIENTS RECEIVE: 

  • $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.
  • 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.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • 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.

Application Process

The deadline to apply for a Year of the Book Grant is Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Below you will find more information on how we are trying to accommodate the current uncertainties caused by COVID-19. 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
  • Statements of support from one or more teachers (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 will ask grant finalists to submit a one-page final statement summing up their commitment to Year of the Book programs


WHAT CLiF ASKS OF GRANT RECIPIENTS IN THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR

Because of COVID-19, CLiF is pushing back the timing of our application, acceptance, and training timeline for CLiF Year of the Book. 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:

  • Community Literacy Conference: Due to COVID-19, we will hold the conference virtually in March; we are finalizing timing and details. Typically, we would announce grant recipients in advance of the conference. This year, we will require any applicants of Year of the Book to send one or more participants to the virtual conference. We will announce grant recipients by March 30, 2022. The virtual conference will still include Year of the Book information sessions, networking with current, incoming, and past Year of the Book schools, and exciting hands-on sessions around literacy. 
  • Local Coordinator: Schools must select a local coordinator. The coordinator will be CLiF’s onsite contact. He or she will work with the school and a local advisory committee to organize, schedule, and report on events and programs. The coordinator may be an administrator, teacher, parent, 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, and/or community members to help with event planning and promotion and with maintaining momentum after the grant period.
  • Informational Kickoff Meeting: In April or May 2022, CLiF will visit, in-person if possible or virtually, each sponsored school to meet the local coordinator, advisory committee, principal, and teachers involved with the planning process. This meeting will last about an hour. At this meeting, CLiF staff will work with your school to plan the fall Kick Off event, to brainstorm an initial calendar of events for the upcoming year, and to answer any questions.


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