[Libs-Or] Announcement: Apply Now for Federal School Literacy Grants

Diedre Conkling diedre08 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 12:58:11 PDT 2012

Announcement: Apply Now for Federal School Literacy Grants
Posted on July 11,
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The application filing period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program
(IAL) school literacy grants is now
the Department of Education announced today in the *Federal Register*. We
encourage school librarians to apply for the program grants, which can
range 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."

Local education agencies can use the funding to support school libraries
and purchase materials. The Department of Education highlighted the need
for school libraries in the literacy efforts in the program announcement:

Many schools and districts across the Nation do not have school libraries
that deliver high-quality literacy programming to children and their
families. Additionally, many schools do not have qualified library media
specialists and library facilities. Where facilities do exist, they are
often underresourced and lack adequate books and other materials. In many
communities, high-need children and students have limited access to
appropriate age- and grade-level reading material in their homes.

*To get tips on how to apply for the literacy grant program, visit the ALA
Innovative Approaches to Literacy application guide

Please note: All interested parties must be registered for federal
grants<http://www.grants.gov/>in advance to apply for program grants.

*Diedre Conkling**
Lincoln County Library District
P.O. Box 2027
Newport, OR 97365
Phone & Fax: 541-265-3066
Work email**: **diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org*<diedre at lincolncolibrarydist.org>
Home email: **diedre08 at gmail.com* <diedre08 at gmail.com>

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