At a time when our country feels tense and divided, CLiF has designed a grant opportunity to help build bridges and strengthen relationships between different groups within communities. CLiF offers four opportunities that use reading and writing to connect kids to their communities while building a love of literacy.

CLiF accepts applications for new sites wanting to start:

·      Reading Buddies for Seniors

·      1000 Books Before Kindergarten

What Grant Partners Will Receive

·    A small on-site library (valued at $500) that you will select from FirstBook

·    A training session (worth $500) with CLiF-trained professional that gives tips for sharing books

·    A book giveaway where all program participants select two new books to keep

CLiF accepts applications for new partners wanting to explore community through writing and performing:

·      My Community Story program offered by the Young Writers Project

·      Songwriting workshop with Jon Gailmor

What Grant Partners Will Receive

·   $250 for the Young Writers Program services*

·    A training session (worth $500) with CLiF-trained professional that gives tips for sharing and writing personal stories and songs

·    Additional funding (up to $150-$350) to fund a community gathering where participants can share work with their families and community members

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 who can complete the grant and send final feedback by June 15, 2019.

·      Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2018. Decisions will be made by November 15, 2018. 

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, 

Children's Literacy Foundation