We provide $500 to past CLiF partners to help them spark enthusiasm for reading and writing programs.

Activities and Support

This grant provides $500 to support literacy goals. Successful applicants will explain in their proposal how they will use grant components to spark interest and enthusiasm for literacy activities with the youth and families they serve.

The Spark Grant is typically $500 to support quick turn-around programming, with options including author/illustrator visit, books, family literacy events, and more


The Spark Grant is open to anyone who has had a CLiF grant in the past (including Year of the Book, Rural Library, At-Risk, Summer Readers, and Community Building). Curious to know whether or not your organization has partnered with CLiF before? Email Cassie (cassie@clifonline.org) to find out.

Application Deadline

All CLiF former grantees are eligible to apply as long it has been at least three years since your last grant. Applicants must be able to impact at least 30 kids from 0 to age 12 (or sixth grade).

For FY25, Spark grants will be operating on a rolling deadline until all available funds are spent. The Spark grant applications will be reviewed monthly. You must submit your application by the first of the month, and you will be notified of the award decision by the 15th of the same month. Projects and events must be completed within three months of the application date.

The Spark grant application will open in September 2024.

CLiF has served over 350,000 children since 1998.

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