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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. 

  • 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 Workshop led by CLiF Poet Presenter - includes 3 days with one of our poets and entry into our poetry event/publication (details to come) (budgeted at $1000)
  • This is What Democracy Looks Like - visit from Center for Cartoon Studies, copies of the comic for students, and funds for a civic engagement project (budgeted at $1000)
  • Design your own! What project 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, 2021.

·      Applications will be accepted until January 27, 2021. Decisions will be made by February 3, 2021. 


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. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.