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Grants for Family Literacy Programs

Grants for Family Literacy Programs


Web Sites with Comprehensive Grant Information 

The Foundation Center


A gateway to philanthropy on the World Wide Web.  Click on ��Finding Funders�� to locate information about funding organizations, including those listed below.  Provides address, telephone, contact name, fax, e-mail, web address (if available), assets, amount of grants funded. The Foundation Center also publishes The Foundation Directory annually and The National Directory of Corporate Giving biennially (1-800-424-9836). 

The Internet Prospector


Links to web sites of corporations and foundations that offer grants.  



One-stop sites for K-12 grant opportunities. 

National Funding Organizations


Barbara Bush Foundation Grants


The goal of the program is to develop and expand family literacy efforts nationwide and to support the development of literacy programs that build families of readers.


David and Lucille Packard Foundation


Provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following program areas: Conservation; Population; Science; Children, Families, and Communities; Arts; and Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy.  The Foundation has a ��center for the future of children�� with a priority on reading programs.


Dollar General


Provides financial support to organizations and initiatives that support literacy and literacy-related causes for individuals of all ages. Dollar General's Community Grants Program accepts applications on a quarterly basis from non-profit organizations operating in and providing services within their 27-state market area, including grants for family literacy initiatives, youth reading initiatives, GED preparation, adult basic education programs, English as a second language instruction, and intergenerational literacy initiatives. 

First Book 

First Book is a national nonprofit organization with a mission of giving children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. The primary goal of First Book is to work with existing literacy programs to distribute new books to children who, for economic reasons, have little or no access to books.  The Department of Education is a government partner. 

First Books for Kids 

The Books for Kids Foundation promotes literacy among all children with special emphasis on disadvantaged children and youth. Books for Kids donates books, creates libraries, participates in reading initiatives within community-based organizations, service agencies, schools and under-served institutions.

In addition to assisting recognized learning programs, such as Head Start, the Books for Kids Foundation seeks to create opportunities for children and parents in under-served or over-looked locations. 

George I. Alden Trust

Supports education-related groups, such as literacy and youth organizations. 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608; (508) 798-8621; fax (508) 791-1201


National Book Scholarship Fund (an Outreach Program of Laubauch Literacy)


Provides local literacy programs throughout the United States with New Readers Press books and other educational materials essential to begin a new literacy outreach program or to significantly expand an existing effort. Priority will be given to family literacy programs. English-as-a-Second Language projects followed by adult basic educational programs are also considered for support.

The NBSF materials are supplied by New Readers Press, the U.S. Publishing Division of Laubach Literacy. New Readers Press produces more than 500 titles designed to meet the unique learning needs of adult literacy students, tutors, teachers, and trainers. Please link to www.newreaderspress.com to review the educational materials that can be requested through the National Book Scholarship Fund.


RGK Foundation


Supports a broad range of human services, youth development, community improvement, and cultural arts programs. Human service programs of particular interest to the Foundation include early childhood development, parenting education, and domestic violence and child abuse prevention.


Reading is Fundamental (RIF)


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, RIF is the nation's largest children's and family literacy organization.  They provide organizations with federal money for books.  RIF develops and delivers children's and family literacy programs that help prepare young children for reading and motivate school-age children to read regularly. RIF serves children and families in every state, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories in programs that operate in schools, libraries, community centers, child-care centers, Head Start and Even Start centers, hospitals, migrant worker camps, homeless shelters, and detention centers.


Starbucks Foundation


The Starbucks Foundation supports community organizations across North America dedicated to youth and literacy.  They are currently revising their focus areas and guidelines. New grant applications will be reviewed after the new guidelines are published in January of 2003.


Viburnum Family Literacy Projects


The Viburnum Family Literacy Project promotes the planning, training, and promotion of family literacy projects among rural libraries and their community partners. Funded by the Viburnum Foundation with $3,000 grants to small public libraries in rural communities, the project is administered by the Center for the Book, which also organizes and conducts two regional training workshops each year for new library grantees. 

Funding Organizations in

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas


SOURCE:  Grants for Elementary and Secondary Education

Published by The Foundation Center, 2001-2002. 

ISBN 0-87954-979-3.

Includes grants in the U.S. and abroad to private and public schools and school systems, and to agencies, associations, and other educational institutions.



    Arkansas Community Foundation, Inc. (AR only)


    Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (AR only)


    Walmart Foundation (Primarily in areas of operation, including AR)


    Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation Trust

    P.O. Box 5000, Springdale, AR 72765  (501) 756-7031

    Walton Family Foundation, Inc. (Primarily AR)




    Baton Rouge Area Foundation (Baton Rouge area)


    Ella West Freeman Foundation (Primarily in New Orleans)

    P. O. Box 51299, New Orleans, LA  70151-1299  (594) 895-1984

    The RosaMary Foundation (Primarily in New Orleans)

    P. O. Box 51299, New Orleans, LA 70151-1299 (504) 895-1988


New Mexico

    Lannan Foundation


    J. F. Maddox Foundation (Primarily southeast NM and western TX)

    P.O. Box 2588, Hobbs, NM 88241-2588  (505) 393-6338

    McCune Charitable Foundation


    State Grants-in-Aid to Public Libraries Cooperative/Outreach Grants www.stlib.state.nm.us/libraryservices/develop/annualreport.html



H. A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust  (Primarily for Tulsa, OK)

    6100 S. Yale, Tulsa, OK 74136  Telephone: (918) 496-7882



    Abell-Hanger Foundation (TX only)


    Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation (TX only)

   1221 McKinney, Ste. 4525, Houston, TX 77010-2011   (713) 951-0019

    Albert and Bessie Mae Kronkosky Charitable Foundation ( Bandera, Bexar, Comal, and Kendall Counties, TX)


    Amarillo Area Foundation, Inc. (26 northernmost counties of the TX Panhandle)


    M.D. Anderson Foundation (Limited to TX, primarily Houston area)

   P.O. Box 2558, Houston, TX 77252-8037  Telephone: (713) 216-4513

    The Brown Foundation (Primarily Texas, with emphasis on Houston)


    The CH Foundation (Primarily Lubbock and surrounding counties)

   P.O. Box 16458, Lubbock, TX 79490  (806) 792-0448

    Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc. (Primarily for Dallas area)


    Dora Roberts Foundation (TX with emphasis on Big Spring)

   P.O. Box 2050, Fort Worth, TX 76113  (817) 884-4442

    Houston Endowment, Inc. (Primarily Houston)


    The Meadows Foundation, Inc. (TX only)


    Sid W. Richardson Foundation


    Texas Instruments Foundation (Limited to plant site cities in TX: Attleboro, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Hunt Valley, Lubbock, Sherman, and Versailles. 


Tocker Foundation Grants (TX only)


    Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Cooperation and Special Projects Grants (TX only)


    William Stamps Farish Fund (Primarily Houston)

   10000 Memorial Dr., Ste. 920, Houston, TX 77024 

Prepared by Christine E. McNew

Texas State Library and Archives Commission, October, 2002.

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