Grants for Books for Schools

Illiteracy is a chronic problem all over the world and needs to be addressed with utmost priority. If illiteracy can be prevented and eliminated, there is a very high chance that people, especially the young ones, can become successful in the career he or she chooses to take. One way to fight illiteracy is by reading books. Textbooks are very powerful tools to inform students and people, unfortunately, not all have the access to high quality books. Less privileged schools in the depressed areas need books to support students in their education. There are also private foundations and organizations who are helping schools by giving grants for books for schools.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

Started in 2002, the Laura Bush Foundation supports schools and libraries that are in need of books and less privileged. The foundation is awarding cash assistance in which deserving schools can used to buy books and for funding school related programs. The grants differ per school because it depends of the needs of the school. The deadline for the submission of applications is on the 31st of December every year. Visit for more information and details or call (202) 955-5890 regarding the program. Email them about your question and inquiries 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

Books Across America

The Books Across America is a program by the National Endowment for the Arts Foundation that supports all libraries from the public school. the foundation is awarding grants for books as well as improvements of the facility. The NEA Foundation, in cooperation with the National Education Association as well as the Pearson Charitable Foundation, is supporting several programs as of now. The cash grants awarded by the foundation must be used to buy new books.

The application form is available and ready for downloading in their website or you can go directly to: The guidelines, requirements, eligibility and deadlines are all available in the website as well. The completed application form must be submitted by emailing it to For more questions and details, contact (202) 822-7289 and look for Anita Merina.

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