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Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund Grant Program

Grants to Canada Public Schools for Programs
that Promote Literacy in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/14/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to Canada public schools in eligible regions for programs that encourage literacy in elementary classrooms. Funding is intended for disadvantaged schools that receive a majority of their funding from the provincial or federal government. Funding will be used for the acquisition of educational resource materials and books to update school and classroom libraries with new books.

Literacy Fund grants are awarded to high-needs schools that effectively foster a culture of literacy despite limited resources. High-needs schools are defined as publicly funded elementary schools that receive at least 80% of their funding from the provincial or federal government. Generally, a “high-needs” school is considered to be one that is challenged by various socio-economic factors. These factors can include a higher than average number of students from single-parent or low-income families, a high level of transience among the student population, or a high number of students who face linguistic barriers to learning.

All successful grant recipients will receive funding over a three year period in the following way:

  • 90% of the funding is set up as a corporate account to buy books from Indigo Books & Music Inc.
  • 10% of the funding is a check to fund special literacy events or initiatives to stir the imagination of the students in a way that will help inspire a love of reading.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177776

Number of Grants:

The number of grantees is determined based on the number of applicants, the funds available for granting and the quality of the applications.

Term of Contract:

Recipient schools are part of the grant program for three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for the 2020 Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant, schools must be a publicly funded high-needs elementary school that serves students in at least one of the following grades: Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8. For schools serving ineligible Grades (e.g., Grades 9 through 12) in additional to eligible Grades, the amount of any grant will be determined based on the number of students in eligible Grades.

Applications from both federally and provincially funded schools are accepted.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Daycare and non-profit organizations
- Schools previously awarded the Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant

Ineligible Expenses:
- Salaries
- Capital investments (playgrounds, building additional rooms, etc.)
- Textbooks

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: February 14, 2020, 11:59 PM EST

No handwritten, mailed or faxed grant applications will be accepted for review.

Application Overview and Tips:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application Registration and Portal:

For questions or assistance with the application process, email:

Indigo Books & Music Inc.
468 King Street West, Suite 500
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1L8

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

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