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The Roads to Reading Initiative

The Roads to Reading Literacy Initiative (RTRLI) provides grants of new children’s books as educational resources to schools, child-care centers, and nonprofit organizations serving children in need from birth to age 16. Donated books must be used for on-site literacy programs that target underserved communities and are administered by the applicant organization. RTRLI provides books for circulation and story time in school and public libraries; for remedial reading programs in schools, after-school programs, and community centers; and for story time in home daycares and daycare centers. Preference is given to libraries in small communities and to programs that provide structured remedial reading instruction and have been in existence for at least six months.

Eligible applicants are US public and private schools, daycare centers, home daycare providers (with state licenses), libraries (public school, private school, and community), community centers, after-school programs, and nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status.

Interested applicants must first register to confirm they qualify for RTRLI grants by serving children in greatest need. Registered organizations may access the application and guidelines to request books. Complete applications should be submitted by email.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)

Award: Awards vary.

Deadline: Applications are accepted from April 1 through June 1, annually.


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