Michigan Reading Association
Empowering all Michigan Students and Educators through Literacy
The Michigan Reading Association has set aside funds to support Michigan literacy events, activities, and projects. Each annual grant award may range from $50 to $500.
All grants require the event, activity, or project is open to an audience across the region, not one district or building.
Grant applications must include:
a rationale, including data (qualitative and/or quantitative) to justify the goal(s), topic, and design of the project;
a detailed description of the project, including expected outcomes;
a projected budget, including actual estimates when possible;
the target audience, including numbers expected;
an evaluation plan; and
contact information for the member responsible for the grant project.
Grant Submission and Acceptance
Applicants will receive a completed rubric with the grant award or rejection by October 19.
A written evaluation of each awarded grant must be submitted by June 1, 2019. Failure to submit a complete evaluation will disqualify the organization/group/individual from receiving a grant award the following year. Evaluations will be submitted electronically, but will include:
all expenses must be supported by itemized receipts
evaluations from participants / target audience (at least 3)
a sign-in sheet if appropriate for the project
pictures of the event, activity, or project (at least 3)
a written summary or reflection
Grant Categories Include:
Student Projects Grant
The Michigan Reading Association Student Projects Grant supports innovative, engaging projects designed to promote student literacy engagement and development. Supported projects should be open to students 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 for students. Innovation and sustainability will be considered in evaluating. Collaboration with community resources and supports is encouraged.
Projects supported through the Student Projects grant may include:
o Student activities celebrating International Literacy Day
o Summer Reading Initiatives
o Young Authors’ Conference
o Regional Author visit
Community or Family Projects
A primary goal of 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, or other community organizations or community events.
Projects supported through the Community or Family Projects Grant may include:
o A Parent Night designed to engage parents in family literacy activities or teach parents how to work with their children at home.
o A literacy table at the local Farmer’s Market or other community event
o A community one book read
o Establishing and maintaining a Little Library in areas of the council with limited access to books
o A book drive for a local shelter or community center
Professional Learning Grant
Professional Learning is key to supporting literacy development in a school or community. The Professional Learning Grant supports the development of strategic learning opportunities for area educators. Organizations/groups must justify the choice of topic as well as mode of learning through the use of local (qualitative or quantitative) data.
Projects supported by the Professional Learning Grant may include:
o A regional professional book study (face to face, distance, or through social media such as Twitter Chats)
o A face to face professional learning opportunity with a featured notable speaker
o The development of an online course not offered through a college, university, or other organization
Innovation Project Grant
An organization/group/individual may take on a project that is out of the parameters of the grants described above. The Michigan Reading Association may choose to support an innovative project through the Innovation Project Grant. Innovation, creativity, and impact are critical components of projects awarded this grant.