Each year, KEA budgets funds to support Read Across America events sponsored by KEA districts and KEA locals. Although March 2 of each year is traditionally designated as “Read Across America Day,” events can occur on any date.

The primary purpose of the Read Across America program is to promote literacy, and applications will be judged on the extent to which they accomplish that primary goal. In addition, KEA will judge grant requests based on the following criteria: the degree to which the activity encourages participation by multiple categories (Active, Retired and Student) of KEA membership, the number of children and students that are expected to participate, the expected level of publicity and community outreach, the extent to which the event helps develop strong KEA locals, and other relevant criteria that may be established and considered by the grant committee.

Application process: Applications must be submitted on this electronic form. Incomplete forms may not be considered. All grant applications must be received by KEA on or before 11:59 PM eastern on Friday, September 15, 2023. Funding decisions will be made by KEA’s MOVE (Membership, Organizing, Visibility & Engagement) Committee on or before October 15, 2023.

The maximum grant amount is $500. Each KEA district or local may only receive one grant per year.

You may find the link to the application here.