26 Grants That Fund Author Visits For Your School

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26 Grants That Fund Author Visits For Your School

 

Desiring an author visit your school, but funding is low... or nonexistent? Inviting an author can financially add up, but the benefits are immeasurable. "Meet the Author" events encourage reading, writing, storytelling, and lots of inspiration- and should be made accessible to students yearly.

 

Author Holly Terei presenting her book and offering autism education to a school in North Georgia

 

It saddens me when a school is wanting to book my Meet the Author + Autism Education program, but can not afford our fairly priced visits. Please know, this doesn't have to be!

Numerous organizations provide grants and funding that can cover most, if not all, the cost of an author visit. I wanted to create a resource page dedicated to some of these grants, in hopes your students will meet an author this year and in years to come. I personally would love to bring my story of inclusion, kindness and autism acceptance to your school! Listed below are organizations that provide funds to school libraries that can be used for author visits.

1. The Morean Hayes Award was established to bring together children and authors by funding an author visit to school libraries.

2. Barnes & Noble will donate funds to non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education.
3. The Barbara Bush Foundation awards public school districts monies to help them improve their literacy skills.

4. The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers separate grants to each state to help promote literacy, education, and lifelong learning in our Nation's school libraries.

5. Target offers a field trip grant for schools (and based on my research can also be applied towards an in-house field trip, such as a "Meet-the-Author In-House Field Trip").

6. Dollar General offers a youth literacy grant for schools wanting to implement new or expand existing literacy programs. 

7. Kars for Kids is passionate about helping children develop into productive members of their community and offers funding to support their vision.

8. Aflac offers a Community Giving grant that can be applied in a multitude of different ways so long as it betters your local community.

9. The Andrew Family Foundation aspires to help people enrich their lives by funding opportunities for education in traditional academics and the Arts.

10. The Halliburton Foundation supports education at all levels through employee matching gifts program and direct grants to elementary schools.

11. The Charles Lafiette Foundation provides grants for programs that promote inclusiveness and diversity and likes projects that remove barriers to full economic and/or social participation in society.

12. The Cruise Foundation has grants available and is pretty open for the usage of funds. All they ask is for a detailed outline of what the funding is for, how it will be spent and how much is needed. Check their website for more details. 

13. The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators offers a grant specifically for author visits. This grant provides an all-expense-paid visit by a children’s author. They will also receive a stipend for their event and money to purchase books from the visiting author. 

14. The Hogan Taylor Foundation's mission is to support the needs of the communities they serve by giving back through financial support such as grants, sponsorships, and scholarships, as well as volunteer support.

15. The Nora Roberts Foundation accepts grant proposals whose primary focus is one or more of the following: literacy, children, arts and humanitarian work.

16. The Mazda Foundation awards grants to programs promoting education and literacy, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare and more. 

17. The Ray Charles Foundation supports the empowerment of young people through education by offering financial support to educational institutions desiring to make a significant impact with lasting results. 

18. The Dudley T. Dougherty Foundation is a foundation whose purpose is to look towards the future and how much we can all accomplish together. They aim to make a critical difference on our planet by recognizing and having respect for our ever-changing world. Visit their website for more info on numerous grant opportunities.

The National Endowment for the Arts lists numerous grants for organizations, such as:
19. The Art Works grant (supports artistically excellent projects that celebrate mutual respect for differing beliefs and values and enrich humanity),
20. The Challange America grant (supports projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations),
21. and the Our Town grant (supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes).

Author Holly Terei presenting her book and autism education program to students in Little Rock, AR

"1 in 50 students attend class with a peer on the spectrum, yet have no idea what autism is. 'Jacob the Flapping Dinosaur Goes to School' will help change that."
-Holly Terei

Other Programs To Consider:

22. When utilizing the Donors Choose platform, your project can be selected for matched donations by numerous organizations and corporations. Donors Choose also provide a formal platform for others to make a tax-deductible contribution to your author event.

23. Consider registering your school on the Adopt a Classroom platform. Adopt a Classroom that offers flexible and accountable funding for teachers and schools through their proprietary, easy-to-use fundraising platform. Educators can choose to use raised funds for an author event.

24. Depending on your author's book and presentation, it may qualify under requirements for PBIS (Positive Behavioral and Interventions and Supports) funds. Because our program offers peer intervention in way of teaching autism acceptance, anti-bullying strategies, and inclusive behavior. 

25. The US Dept of Education offers grants that cover a multitude of Library needs.

26. Title l of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to local schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. These funds can be distributed in a multitude of ways, including peer intervention and community outreach, both of which your author visit could provide.

Author, Holly Terei reading from her one-of-a-kind children's book Jacob the Flapping Dinosaur Goes to School. Through her story, she is able to offer an in-depth look into inclusion, kindness and autism acceptance, making her program a dual investment for schools.

Author Holly Terei

Author Holly Terei

Suggestions: 

  • Consider reaching out to local businesses in your area, pitching your idea for an author visit for your school. Many would be willing to sponsor your author event.
  • Reach out to your local Civics clubs, requesting they consider raising funds for your author event. Most are actively seeking opportunities to make a difference in their communities.
  • Some grants specify you must be a 504c3, and not every school is. If so, consider having your PTA/PTO apply for nonprofit status (some already are). Then your PTA/PTO can apply for these specific grants and organize the events needed, such as an author visit, that would benefit your school. Please research and speak with your administration for more info.
  • Speaking of PTA/PTO, they are a great resource for raising funds and hosting library events. Speak to your school's PTA/PTO president for further assistance.
  • If the idea of grant writing is overwhelming or too time-consuming, reach out to your community for local grant writers willing to donate their time. You may even find a pro bono grant writers in your area with a quick Google search.
  • Should any of these application deadlines already pass, reach out to the foundation and ask for the next submission date. Keep a calendar with upcoming opportunities so you are sure not to miss the following year.

Do you know of any other foundations or organizations that should be on our list? Email us their information at noahrobertproject@gmail.com


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