Children’s Literacy Grants Available

The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) has several literacy grants currently available to public libraries, schools, community partners, and organizations serving children ages 0-12 in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Through these grants, CLiF aims to build a love of reading and writing. Since 1998, CLiF has provided free and inspiring literacy programs and brand-new books to children up to age 12 in almost 85 percent of the communities in New Hampshire and Vermont.

“We are excited to offer a variety of literacy grants for new and old partners alike,” stated CLiF program manager Cassie Willner. “Now, more than ever, we know these opportunities matter for kids, and we are deeply committed to reaching underserved communities across VT and NH.”

Grant applications, including eligibility requirements, are now available at

Revive Your Literacy Programming

This grant provides $500 to past CLiF grantees to help them revive enthusiasm for reading and writing programs, with options including author/illustrator visit, books, school-wide projects, and more. Because of the nature of this grant, we are looking for partners who can act quickly and implement activities for Spring 2023. Applications are due on February 1, 2023.

Community Building

Want to engage with your community around literacy? Re-connect with audiences after the pandemic? Spark a love of reading and writing? The Children’s Literacy Foundation’s Community Building Grants are designed to connect kids with their communities while building a love of literacy. This grant opportunity is for Spring 2023, with applications due on March 1, 2023.

Year of the Book

This grant offers $25,000 value of literacy programming and new books to qualifying elementary schools in New Hampshire or Vermont. Eligible schools have a minimum of 35% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch and at least 30% scoring below proficient on reading and writing assessments. Programming includes author visits and writing workshops, family literacy events, mini-grants for classroom projects, new books for the classrooms and the school and local public libraries, as well as ten new books for each child to choose. Applications are due March 1, 2023 for the 2023-2024 school year.

Summer Readers

CLiF’s Summer Readers program brings VT and NH authors, illustrators, and storytellers to spaces where kids spend time in the summer to get them excited about reading and writing. Summer Readers events also include book giveaways, where kids choose two new books for themselves to bring home. Applications opening soon.

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About the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF)

CLiF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to nurture a love of reading and writing among under-resourced children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has supported and inspired over 350,000 young readers and writers through its literacy program grants and has given away more than $10 million in new, high ­quality children’s books. For more information about CLiF, visit