Tuesday, February 27, 2007

New Federal Grant - Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program

Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program

The purpose of this program is to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school library media specialists.

Eligible Applicants: Local educational agencies (LEAs) in which at least 20 percent of the students served by the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the U.S. Census Bureau at the time this notice is published. These data are Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for school districts for income year 2003. A list of LEAs with their family poverty rates (based on these Census Bureau data) is posted on our Web site at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/lsl/eligibility.html

Applications must be submitted by: April 11, 2007
Expected Number of Awards: 100
Estimated Total Program Funding: $18,901,586