For the 2024-2025 school year, applications are due May 25, 2024 with grant notifications by mid-June.


GRANT RECIPIENTS RECEIVE: 

  • $2,000 worth of new children’s books for the public library, to be chosen by the public librarian from CLiF's extensive book list. 
  • $500 worth of new children’s books for the elementary school library, to be chosen by the school librarian from CLiF's extensive book list. 
  • A storytelling and kickoff presentation at the local elementary school for all students K-6, to be held in Fall 2024. The public and school librarians will showcase their new library books purchased with the CLiF grant.
  • An author/illustrator visit and book giveaway for all the students at the elementary school or library to be held in Spring 2025. Each student will be able to choose two new books to take home provided by CLiF. The public and school librarians will showcase their summer reading programs.
  • Book giveaway for children (and their families) ages 0-5 at the school, library, or local childcare center. 
  • $300 mini-grant to support youth literacy programming, enrichment, and engagement in your library.
     

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Public library in Vermont or New Hampshire.
  • Serving town(s) with 5,000 residents or less.
  • Limited budget, libraries with annual budget of less than $125,000 generally given preference.
  • Demonstrated community need. 
  • Demonstrated commitment 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.
Children's Literacy Foundation