Apply Now for Federal Grants for School Literacy Programs

Posted by Lisa Strand on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 in American Library Association (ALA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The ALA Washington Office announced today that the application filing period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program (IAL) school literacy grants is now open, according to a Department of Education announcement in the Federal Register. School librarians can apply for the program grants, ranging from $150,000–750,000. At least 50 percent of the $28.6 million is designated for school librarians. The deadline to apply for the grant funding is August 10, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The literacy grant program is designed to support innovative literacy programs for young children, increase student achievement by using school libraries and motivate older children to read. According to the Department of Education, the grants are to be used to "develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade within the attendance boundaries of high-need local educational agencies."

See the complete announcement in the ALAWO District Dispatch.

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