Read Across America Project Grants – NEA created Read Across America in 1997 as a day to “get kids excited about reading”. Planning and sponsoring a Read Across America event offers a wonderful opportunity to involve all stakeholders–teachers, students, parents, and community—in the vital work of promoting literacy.
Each year, KEA awards competitive grants of up to $500 each to locals and governance districts to support Read Across America events. Each KEA governance district or KEA local can receive only one grant per year. Applications are reviewed by the KEA MOVE (Membership, Organizing, Visibility, Engagement) Committee; the deadline for 2023-24 grants is Friday, September 15, 2023 at 5 PM eastern. Decisions will be made by October 15.
The MOVE Committee judges grant requests primarily on the degree to which they promote literacy in the community, but also considers these criteria: whether the planned activity encourages participation by multiple categories (Active, Retired and Aspiring Educators) of KEA membership; the number of children and students that are expected to participate; the expected level of publicity and community outreach; how the activity supports the development of strong KEA local;, and other relevant criteria. All Read Across America grant applications must be submitted using this link; the deadline for 2023-24 grants is Friday, September 15, 2023 at 5 PM eastern.