Educational Grants for Books, Author Visits, & School Programs
I love visiting schools and meeting librarians, teachers, and students. But I do not love learning that many schools don’t have the budget for new books, enrichment programs, or author visits that reinforce curriculum and inspire a love of reading and writing. That’s why I scoured resources and compiled this mega list of grants for schools and classrooms. There are plenty more grants than what you’ll find here, of course, but this is a good place to start if you’re ready to find funds to help make this school year extra great.
Pull up a chair and start clicking, friends.
Grants for Education
(Where a Texas organization is mentioned, insert your own state’s equivalent):
- Check your state and local arts commissions, such as the Texas Commission on the Arts and organizations within specific communities, like Impact Austin.
- National Endowment for the Arts
- Search your state’s library association. For example, The Texas Library Association sponsors grants for public libraries & disaster relief
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Search Grant Watch by state (ie: Texas Grant Watch), and other cooperative sites, like GetEdFunding, Grants for Teachers, ProLiteracy, Scholastic, Junior Library Guild, etc. There are many more out there!
- Check out regional writing organizations that offer grants for schools. For example, the Writer’s League of Texas’ Project Wise facilitates one-hour author visits at no cost to participating Austin-area schools and is funded by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
- Adoptaclassroom.org — $1,000 grants
- Crayola Creative Leadership Grants—$2500 plus products
- International Literacy Association Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant—$2,500 for K-8 educators in schools with at least 60% of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch
- Walmart Local Community Grants— $250-$5,000 for schools in need, to fund educational projects or purchase classroom resources
- Snapdragon Book Foundation. Grants to help provide books for school libraries for disadvantaged students.
- Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Grants to help establish a summer reading program.
- Association of American Educators Foundation Classroom Grant — $500
- American Association of School Librarians Innovative Reading Grant. Assists school librarians with programs that motivate students to read
- SCBWI’s Amber Brown Grant
- The Texas Book Festival has grants available through their Reading Rock Stars Program (and they provide a book for each child, too!)
- The remarkable nonprofit organization First Book (They also provide a book for each child.)
- Check corporate philanthropy options like Dell Computers, HEB, Target, Wells Fargo, Exxon/Mobil, Barnes & Noble, etc.
- Donors Choose
- Voya Unsung Heroes by Scholarship America—Each year, they give $2,000 to 50 schools to support education
- Innovative Reading Grant from AASL, sponsored by Capstone
- Worlds of Words grants —$1,000 for literacy communities to explore the use of global literature and world languages to build intercultural understanding
- The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award from AASL and funded by Simon & Shuster—$4,000 school visit grant
- National Education Association
- The Laura Bush Foundation
- The Library of Congress Surplus Book Program
- THERE ARE SO MANY MORE!
Remember that some of the biggest corporations offer grants, too (note that many organizations offer a variety of grants that are not all represented in the provided links): Shell Corporation, Sony, Lockheed Martin, TD Charitable Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Sprint Foundation, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, Google, etc.