The resources on this page are possible sources of funding for literacy nonprofits, along with grants, rebates, and resources for adult students and families. All information was correct at time of publishing, and is checked regularly, but we are not affiliated with all of the groups listed below so you should consider all information as a starting point for your own research.
Program Structure Quick Links:
Grants & Funding for Nonprofits
Literacy Opportunity Fund (ProLiteracy) | Link format: Website | Grants for nonprofit literacy organizations within the US that provide literacy services directly to students.
The Nora Roberts Foundation | Link format: Website | The primary focus of the Nora Roberts Foundation is to support literacy. Additional areas of focus are: Children’s programs, Arts organizations, and Humanitarian efforts, with local organizations being its priority. All organizations supported must be a registered 501(c)(3).
The Tina B. Carver Fund (TESOL International) | Link format: Website | Honors the life and work of Tina B. Carver, longtime member of TESOL and champion of the ESL/EFL community. Grant funds are for the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials to support adult ESL education programs in the US.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation | Link format: Website | Funds nonprofit organizations in five focus areas: Adult Literacy, Youth Literacy, Family Literacy, Rebuilding School Libraries, Summer Reading.
Institute of Education Sciences (IES) | Link format: Website | Funding opportunities for research and training.
Write Her Future (ProLiteracy and Lancôme) | Link format: Website | Empowers women with new opportunities and tools to increase their literacy skills and enrich their lives.
National Book Fund (ProLiteracy and publishing division New Readers Press) | Link format: Website | Gives in-kind donations of new classroom resources from the New Readers Press catalogue.
Barnes & Noble Sponsorships and Charitable Donations Link format: Website | Donations are available nationally, to nonprofits that focus on literacy, the arts, or pre-K – 12 education.
Verizon Giving & Grants | Link format: Website | Funding priorities are aligned around Digital Inclusion, Climate Protection and Human Prosperity; new applications are by invitation only; link to contact your local community relations manager to see whether you are eligible to apply.
InterConnection Technology Grants | Link format: Website | Computer grants are awarded to organizations that deliver necessary and valuable services to underserved communities like technology training, health care, education, and job training, but need upgraded computers to better manage their organization and improve their capacity to deliver those valuable services.
National Literacy Directory Innovation Grants | Link format: Website | Literacy and education programs listed in the Directory are eligible to apply for an Innovation Grant, which are awarded to successful and innovative approaches to increasing programmatic reach.
Mobile Learning Fund (ProLiteracy) | Link format: Website | Provides adult literacy programs and students with digital education materials to help teach adults to read. Subscriptions and licenses available through the Mobile Learning Fund include:
- New Readers Press Online Learning – a pre-high school equivalency (HSE) and HSE test preparation tool.
- Learning Upgrade – an app proven to teach English, HSE, math, and basic skills faster than traditional methods (also the grand prize winner of the Adult Literacy XPRIZE).
- Voxy EnGen – a digital solution that teaches English to new learners.
- Leamos – an online program that teaches basic Spanish reading and writing to native Spanish speakers and prepares them to move onto English language learning.
- News for You Online – a digital news source with easy-to-read stories that builds learners’ reading, comprehension, vocabulary, and English skills.
Grants, Rebates & Resources for Students & Families
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library | Link format: Website | Dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five
Internet Essentials From Comcast | Link format: Website | Information about how to access free or reduced price internet access for some families
Emergency Broadband Access | Link format: Website | The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.
Grow With Google | Link format: Online form | Scholarship for adult learners to complete the Grow with Google program, valued at $260. The goal of the program is to increase job options.