Click here to read about Spring 2017 Community Building grants!

At a time when our country feels tense and divided, CLiF has designed a grant opportunity to help build bridges and strengthen relationships between different groups within communities. CLiF has selected two programs that succeeded in achieving this goal last year and a new opportunity.

CLiF accepts applications for new sites wanting to start:

  • Reading Buddies for Seniors
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

What Grant Partners Will Receive

  • A small on-site library (valued at $500) that you will select from FirstBook
  • A training session (worth $500) with CLiF-trained professional that gives tips for sharing books
  • A book giveaway where all program participants select two new books to keep


New opportunity for 2017-2018:

  •      My Community Storyprogram offered by the Young Writers Project

What Grant Partners Will Receive

  •   $250 for the Young Writers Program services:

An easy-to-use digital classroom website of where teacher/group leader and students can privately share work created in regular free-writes, in response to community story challenges or as part of your own curriculum

Content: challenges (exercises) and resources designed to progressively get students to go deeper with storytelling, research, digital media and editing

Support — both technical and content-oriented — from experts with Young Writers Project

  • A training session (worth $500) with CLiF-trained professional that gives tips for sharing and writing personal stories
  • Additional funding (up to $150) to fund a community gathering where participants can share work with their families and community members


Goals of the Community Building Grants

  • Build empathy for others by connecting with new groups
  • Create excitement around sharing books and writing
  • Inspire students and adults to read and write for pleasure
  • Encourage an appreciation for similarities and differences
  • Support all kinds of young readers and writers
  • Ensure all children have high-quality books of their own at home
  • Engage parents and encourage reading and writing at home


Who Is Eligible to Apply?

  • Community organizations, such as classrooms, afterschool programs, and library-based programs, located in New Hampshire or Vermont.
  • Your project must serve a community with at least 30% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. Your application must show how you will partner with CLiF’s target audience of low-income, at-risk, and rural children.
  • At least 30 kids must participate in the program.
  • Organizations with an enthusiastic and organized coordinator willing to collaborate with CLiF on planning, organizing, and communicating about your project.
  • Partners who can complete the grant and  send final feedback by June 15, 2018.
  • Applications will be accepted until October 15, 2017. Decisions will be made by October 31, 2017.


How CLiF Will Select Grant Recipients

Criteria include:

  • Demonstrated need and excitement
  • Enthusiasm, creativity, and collaboration exhibited by the partners
  • Clear demonstration of how this grant will benefit students and their communities

Questions should be sent to Meredith Scott, Program Director, gro.e1519503352nilno1519503352filc@1519503352htide1519503352rem1519503352.

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