Funding & Awards

$300,000 Literacy Grant Opens

The Library of Congress has started accepting nominations for its Literacy Awards program, which will award multiple prizes of up to $150,000 to schools and other organizations for their efforts at promoting literacy. 

The Library of Congress has started accepting nominations for its Literacy Awards program, which will award multiple prizes of up to $150,000 to schools and other organizations for their efforts at promoting literacy.

In total, 18 prizes will be awarded, totaling $325,000.

  • The David M. Rubenstein Prize, one $150,000 prize, for an "outstanding and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels";
  • The American Prize, one $50,000 award, for raising awareness of literacy in the United States;
  • The International Prize, one $50,000 award, for raising literacy awareness internationally (organizations based in the United States are eligible); and
  • Best Practice Honorees, 15 $5,000 prizes totaling $75,000, for "successful implementation of a specific literacy promotion practice." Winners are selected from the three categories above.

LOC is accepting applications beginning today through Midnight (Eastern time) March 8. Further details, including a link to the application, can be found at read.gov/literacyawards.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).


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