Locate Funding Opportunities
Get your share of funding! As your school library and media partner, we can provide information on your best opportunities to receive funds and to make the most of every grant dollar. We can help you prepare your grants, and locate the materials that will help you realize sustainable improvement in student achievement.
Grants & Funding Guide (PDF, 410 kb), which also features suggestions for the types of projects that grantors prefer.
We've just updated the two featured grants highlighted below, in addition to our extensive list of grants located in our
If you have questions or comments, please take a minute to let us know how we can help.
Target Early Childhood Reading
Description: Target store grants support nonprofit programs that impact the arts, early childhood reading and family violence prevention in the areas where we do business. Reading is an essential element in a child's educational process. Reading grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations, supporting programs such as weekend book clubs and after-school reading programs that foster a love of reading and encourage children, from birth through age 9, to read together with their families.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, libraries or public agencies and Organizations located in communities where we do business.
Award Amount: Early childhood reading grants are $2,000.
Application Opens: Grant applications are typically accepted between March 1 and April 30 each year, with grant notifications delivered in September.
Wish You Well Foundation
Description: Requests should align with the Wish You Well Foundation's mission:
"Supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs"
Eligibility: Requests must come from an Internal Revenue Service recognized 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Award Amount: Range from $200 to $10,000
Requirements: Single-page proposal that includes:
- The organization's history, mission, and contact information
- The amount requested
- The program or event to be funded.
· Requests may also include supplemental information for consideration
Application Opens: Year-round. The Wish You Well Foundation board meets on average four times per year (specific dates determined by the availability of board members to attend). Upon receipt of the donation request form, organizations will be notified as to the specific meeting date when their request will be reviewed and voted upon by the Board.
Additional Grants & Funding Information
If you are looking for a grant writing guide that contains several samples of awarded school library grants, please call us at 888.511.5114, x1164 or 815.759.1700, x1164.
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