Grants for Books for Classrooms

One of the important teaching materials in classrooms is the books. These are also very important for students as they study hard. Books are very essential to schools; these are very powerful things for the learning of students. However, not all schools and even libraries can afford to get quality books and worse, they cannot afford to have books. There are schools that just have 1:3 ratio of books to students. Private foundations are assisting these underserved schools by giving grants for books for classrooms.

Amber Brown Grant

The Amber Brown grant was created to give books to schools and primarily to bring an author or illustrator to the less privileged schools in the country. The cash grant that will be awarded to the deserving schools is $250. $250 is allotted for the allowance that will help in creating the event (the author and/or illustrator visit) and another $250 that is used to buy books, which were written by the visiting authors.

In other words, the cash assistance is primarily focused on the interaction and discussion that will be conducted by the visiting book writer. Schools can benefit from the reading and learning session that will be held at their school grounds. There is also a runner up to the winner of the grant. That school will receive grants for books for classrooms amounting to $250.

Application form, requirements and guidelines are available at The application is open from the 1st of November up to 1st of March every year. The application form and needed documents are to be submitted by mail to:

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Amber Brown Grant
8271 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

The Laura Bush Foundation that in 2002 provides books and needed funds for school programs. The foundation supports the less-privileged, the in need schools and libraries all over the US. The cash assistance that these schools or the libraries can receive will differ because their needs will be evaluated by the foundation. The deadline for the application for the grant is on December 31 of every year. You log on to visit the website at for more details or call them at (202) 955-5890. You can still send them email at

Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries
Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
1201 15th St. NW, Suite 420
Washington, D.C. 20005

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