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In order to unite people and create connections, 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. Grant funds must be spent by June 30, 2023 but it is okay to have activities/events happen in the summer.

  • Reading Buddies for Seniors - includes an author visit, an onsite library, and a two book giveaway.
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - includes an author visit, an onsite library, and a two book giveaway.
  • Family Engagement - includes a CLiF presenter, book giveaway, literacy workshop, and/or reimbursement for food/supplies at an event of your design to engage with children and their families around literacy. Maximum grant of $1000.
  • Design your own! What project will bring your students into contact with their community with literacy as an engagement point? What about re-connecting with an audience that has been out of touch due to the pandemic? How about multi-cultural programming to bring people together and enhance understanding of each other? Are there inclusive ways to serve your community around reading and writing that could use CLiF's support? Maximum grant of $1000.

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/caregivers and encourage reading and writing at home

Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • Community/nonprofit organizations, youth-serving programs, libraries, or schools located in New Hampshire or Vermont.
  • Your project must serve a community with at least 35% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Your application must show how you will partner with CLiF’s target audience of children ages 0-12 in under-resourced or under-represented communities.
  • At least 30 kids must participate in the program, either virtually or in-person.
  • Organizations with an enthusiastic and organized coordinator willing to collaborate with CLiF on planning, organizing, and communicating about your project.

How CLiF Will Select Grant Recipients

Criteria include:

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

Questions should be sent to Cassie Willner, Program Manager, cassie@clifonline.org. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.