Foundation Highlight: Laura Bush Foundation

Grant Advisors Ray Sweeney and Frank Klimko are constantly on the lookout for good opportunities offering vigorous funding streams. Regularly, our site will highlight a foundation or federal agency which may fall under the radar, but provides funding that can help you achieve your programming goals.

Over the past few weeks, we highlighted the MAC AIDS Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Emerging Teacher-Leaders in Elementary School Mathematics for Grades Pre-K–5 grants, the National Forest Foundation, Whole Foods Markets, Dedalus Foundation, the Best Buy Foundation, the Dr. Scholl Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and the Surdna Foundation

This week, we want to talk about the giving efforts of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries grants.

Deadline: Dec. 15.

School are eligible if they have at least 80% of their student body eligible for free or reduced-price lunches (Preference is given to schools with 90% or more of their students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches); Funding: Multiple awards up to $5,000 each;

Grants promote a love of reading by providing books and reading materials to school libraries and students that most need them. Funds must be used to update, extend and diversify book collections. Funds are available for library books and magazine/serial copies and subscriptions. The foundation doesn’t fund staff, shelving, furniture, equipment, software, videos, classroom book sets or any kind of book guides, tests or exams.


About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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