Grants and Funding Ideas

Looking for funding to bring an author/illustrator to your school? Here are some ideas and grant resources:

Grant Wrangler

Grant Wrangler is a free, searchable grants listing service offered by Nimble Press. The Web site lists grants and contests for K-12 schools and teachers. As of February 2009, Grant Wrangler listed more than $110 million in grants and awards, more than 695 individual grants.

Adopt a Classroom

Adopt-A-Classroom invites the community into the classroom in support of teachers and their students. By adopting classrooms, donors form partnerships with specific classrooms providing financial and oral support. Deadline: Ongoing/Unspecific

Amber Brown SCBWI Grant

One school will be rewarded with an all expense paid, full day visit by a well respected children’s author or illustrator. The chosen school will also receive a $250 stipend to assist in creating this memorable event to celebrate reading, learning, and children’s literature and $250 worth of books by the visiting author. Additionally, one runner up school will be selected and rewarded with books valued at $250.00.

Barnes & Noble Sponsorship and Charitable Donations

As part of their commitment to good corporate citizenship, Barnes & Noble considers local and national support requests from non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (pre-K – 12).  They also consider sponsorship opportunities where they can partner with organizations that focus their core businesses on higher learning, literacy and the arts.

Donors Choice

DonorsChoice aims to provide teachers and students in need with resources that public schools often lack. Here, teachers submit ideas for materials or experiences that their students need to learn. Individuals choose a project and make it a classroom reality through their generous

Maureen Hayes Award

This $4,000 award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/ illustrator visit to a library. Applicant must be a personal member of ALSC as well as ALA.

National Endowment
for the Humanities

NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.


ING Unsung Heroes

Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students.

For more than 10 years, and with $3 million in awarded grants, ING Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program’s “alumni” have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.

Applications for 2014 are now available. The application deadline is April 30, 2014.

Target Early Childhood Reading Grant

Reading is essential to a child's learning process. That's why Target awards grants to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations to support programs such as after-school reading events and weekend book clubs. Together we're fostering a love of reading and encouraging children, preschool through third grade, to read together with their families.


Early childhood reading grants are $2,000. Grant applications are typically accepted between March 1 and April 30 each year, with grant notifications delivered in September.


The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace Foundation is currently active in three focus areas. The Foundation solicits proposals from organizations it identifies for programs it initiates, and unsolicited proposals are rarely funded.

More Grant Opportunities
for Libraries

Click the link above to see 39 grant opportunites.

Poets & Writers Funding for Events

Since its inception in 1970, Poets & Writers has provided fees to writers who give readings or conduct writing workshops. Each year, our Readings/Workshops program supports hundreds of writers participating in events in large cities and small towns throughout New York and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, Tucson, and Washington D.C.

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