A primary goal of the Michigan Reading Association is to support local literacy projects. The Community or Family Projects Grant supports regional literacy activities that engage families and community members. Supported projects should be innovative and open to families and community members from all districts within a region, not just one school or district and should be beyond the scope of what a local school district might provide. Collaboration with other community organizations is encouraged. This might include the local chapter of the International Rotary (an ILA collaborating partner), libraries, local literacy councils, or other community organizations or community events.
Examples of Projects supported through the Community or Family Projects Grant include:
- A parent night designed to engage parents in family literacy activities or teach parents how to work with their children at home.
- A literacy table at a local farmer’s market or other community event
- A community one book read
- Establishing and maintaining a Little Free Library in areas of the council with limited access to books
- A book drive for a local shelter or community center
Community or Family Project Grants may range from $50 to $500. Organizations may apply for more than one grant but all applications may not be awarded money. Due to limited funds, some grants may not receive full funding. Applications are open on September 28 and due October 25. Grant proposals will be evaluated using this rubric. All applicants will be notified by November 9.