We provide inspiring literacy activities, support, and new, high-quality books to children in under-resourced communities who are at risk of growing up with low literacy skills.

Activities and Support

At each Community Literacy grant-sponsored event, a CLiF presenter talks with children about the joys of reading and gives a fun and interactive storytelling presentation. After the presentation, each child chooses two brand-new books to keep.

We provide an onsite library to each organization so children have even more access to high-quality books. We also offer a parent/caregiver seminar sharing the importance of reading with children and modeling storytelling strategies to support caregivers who may not have strong literacy skills or may not be fluent English speakers.

Our partnering organizations include:

  • Shelters and affordable housing sites: These organizations serve children who often lack access to books in their daily lives. We also provide parent/caregiver seminars to describe ways to make reading aloud with children easy and fun, even if the adults aren’t strong readers themselves.
  • Out-of-school time programs: Including afterschool programs and other programs serving school-age youth during the out-of-school time hours.
  • Childcare centers and preschools: Head Start programs, preschools, and childcare programs who work with our target population are eligible to apply.
  • Community centers and service providers: We work with organizations that support low-income families, foster children, teenage parents, refugees, and other under-resourced populations.
  • Camp Exclamation Point (CAMP!): We serve children of migrant workers in New Hampshire and Vermont through our partnership with this nonprofit institution that offers a free, weeklong camp for 110 children of local migrant families.
  • ELL classrooms and refugee programs: Children of refugees who have relocated to New Hampshire and Vermont from Afghanistan, Somalia, Burma, Sudan, Bosnia, Vietnam, and many other countries often face challenges in reading English. Our program in ELL classrooms supports refugees and their parents and increases English-language books in the home.


This grant is offered every fall and spring. An organization, program, or facility must meet these requirements to apply for CLiF’s Community Literacy Grant:

  • Be a social service provider, school-based program*, or community organization in Vermont or New Hampshire
  • Serve children from birth to age 12 (or within that range)
  • At least 35% of the children served must qualify for free or reduced lunch, reduced program tuition, or a scholarship
  • Be able to gather at least 30 children for a storytelling event (events may be virtual or outdoors)

*Examples of eligible school-based programs: ELL classrooms, afterschool programs, extracurricular programs. Educators cannot apply for this grant on behalf of their entire school.

Application Deadline

This grant is closed. We are not accepting any more applications.


“We greatly appreciated your time, storytelling, and the wonderful books you shared. Everyone walked away with books they will treasure for years to come and a better understanding of why it’s important to read to our children.”

A parent whose child attends Lamoille County Head Start in Morrisville, VT

CLiF has served over 350,000 children since 1998.

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