The Year of the Book is CLiF’s flagship grant program designed to support literacy at elementary schools across Vermont and New Hampshire.
CLiF’s Year of the Book provides $25,000 worth of literacy programs, support, and new children’s books over one school year to help build a culture of literacy in elementary schools across New Hampshire and Vermont. This program targets schools that have a high percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch and students scoring below proficient in literacy assessments. Since we started CLiF’s Year of the Book we have sponsored 103 elementary public schools across the Twin States! Meet our current partners for 2022-23 here.
Activities and Support
Each sponsored school receives:
$25,000 worth of literacy programming and books
A wide variety of literacy-related programs that will take place during the school year, and several other forms of support (see “More Details” link below)
10 new, high-quality children’s books for each student to keep and to select from hundreds of inspiring titles
CLiF support in arranging logistics, integrating low-cost literacy programs into the school year, networking with past and present school coordinators, and accessing additional CLiF resources
Goals of Year of the Book
Supplement elementary schools’ existing efforts to create a pro-literacy culture in the school community
Encourage enthusiasm for books among students from preschool to grade 6
Inspire students to read and write for pleasure
Support educators’ literacy curricula and creative integration of literacy into all areas of study
Ensure all children have a collection of high-quality books of their own at home
Get parents/caregivers more involved in their children’s literacy activities and encourage more reading at home
Public elementary schools located in New Hampshire or Vermont with:
At least 35% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch.
At least 30% of students scoring below proficient on reading and writing assessments.
Students in grades preK-6
An enthusiastic and organized individual to serve as a local coordinator and to collaborate with CLiF on planning, organizing, and scheduling Year of the Book events (small stipend provided).
CLiF will partner with schools of all sizes, but CLiF programming has the greatest positive impact when it serves no more than 250 students. CLiF will ask schools with over 250 students which grades they will choose to serve. The children served by the grant should represent more than 50% of the K-6 student body. CLiF can not serve schools with 75 or fewer students*.
*CLiF offers a small school Year of the Book grant that provides similar supports but on a reduced scale. You still need to fill out this application to be considered.
Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort closed on March 10, 2023. All grant applicants will be notified of funding decisions by April 15, 2023. Please note: a school that has received the Year of the Book grant must wait a minimum of six years before applying for the Year of the Book grant again – or five years from the completion of your Momentum year.
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