Agency: Education Dept.-DoEd (Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE); Program: Innovative Approaches to Literacy (CFDA No. 84.215G); Eligibility: Schools, school districts and nonprofits; Funding: TBA, in the last round, DoEd made $24 million for 31 awards (no match required); Deadline: TBD (expect a NOFA in January with an April deadline).
Summary: Grants support K-12 school literacy programs. These grants go to school districts and their nonprofit partners to help teachers use innovative interventions to improve school literacy and spur student achievement. This competition replaces a number of smaller literacy programs that DoEd has closed. There is no novice priority. The efforts to help students do better in the classroom should include using school libraries, distributing free books to children and their families, and offering high-quality literacy activities.
Priority in the last round of competition went to applicants whose programs promote early literacy for young children, motivate older children to read, address the needs of rural schools, make better use of technology and increase student achievement.