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Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program

This program has been eliminated. The U.S. Department of Education is focusing its literacy efforts on the revived "Striving Readers" program. Be sure to watch for upcoming deadlines.

Agency: U.S. Department of Education
Division: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Deadline: April 20, 2010

Description: The purpose of the Improving Literacy through School Libraries program is to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists.

Fit for Public Broadcasting: Stations that have close relationships with LEAs and produce educational materials for the K-12 environment may find a fit here as a partner. Now is the time to speak with your local school district about how your station can enrich their libraries!

School libraries may use funds for the following:

  • Purchasing up-to-date school library media resources, including books.
  • Acquiring and using advanced technology that is integrated into the curricula of the school in order to develop and enhance the information literacy, information retrieval, and critical-thinking skills of students.
  • Facilitating Internet links and other resource-sharing networks.
  • Providing professional development for school library media specialists and providing activities that foster increased collaboration among library specialists, teachers, and administrators.
  • Providing students with access to school libraries during non-school hours, including before and after school, weekends, and summer vacations.

Eligibility: LEAs must be the lead applicants. LEAs include charter schools and State-administered schools that are considered LEAs under State law, in which at least 20 percent of the students served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line.

Anticipated Funding: The Department expects to make approximately 53 awards ranging $100,000 - $600,000 from a pool of $18,570,000. Note that contingent upon available funds and the quality of applications, the Department may make new awards next year to applications which were not able to be funded in this round.

How to apply: Applications must be submitted electronically using e-Application, the Department of Education's electronic grant application system.

New users can learn how to register and apply with this system here. After accessing the site, select "continue" on the home page. On the following page, select the e-Application tab located on the upper left side of the screen.

Existing users can visit the e-Grants portal page to login and apply.

Program notice
Program website

Department of Education - Sample Proposals from the U.S. Department of Education: Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Department of Education - Grant Application Technical Assistance Resources
Department of Education - Previous Institution of Education Science Research Funding Opportunities Webinars
Department of Education - What Should I Know About ED Grants? (Archived Information)