Private Funding

Charitable organizations and corporate foundations provide grants for educational causes such as literacy, technology, and professional development. Listed are some private grant opportunities that you may find helpful.

Barbara Bush Family Literacy Initiative

Established by Barbara Bush in 1989, the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy supports the development and expansion of family literacy programs -- in settings where parents and children read and learn together -- across the United States.  Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit organizations, correctional institutions, homeless shelters, schools and school districts, libraries, and community- and faith-based agencies.

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The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation aims to provide youth with the educational opportunities and support systems they need to become knowledgeable and productive citizens. Programs that qualify for the Coca-Cola Foundation's education funds include innovative K-12 public school programs, teacher development programs, and smaller projects dealing with specific activities in the elementary and secondary classroom.

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Entergy Charitable Foundation

The goal of the Entergy Charitable Foundation (ECF) is to support initiatives that help create and sustain thriving communities. ECF has a special focus on low-income initiatives as well as educational and literacy programs. One of the key issues in combating poverty is eliminating illiteracy. An essential element to healthy, thriving communities is creating an environment where every individual has basic reading and writing skills.

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The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solvingthat deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

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Verizon Foundation

Literacy is the gateway to lifelong learning, personal opportunities and success. That's why one of Verizon Foundation's top priorities is to improve the literacy skills of children and adults. Verizon Foundation is investing in online resources, community-based initiatives and national programs that teach non readers to read and advance the complex skills necessary for educational achievement and job success in the 21st Century.

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