Funding Opportunities

Our commitment to student achievement includes helping educators to understand, identify, and navigate the complex world of education funding.

Reading Plus analyzes state and federal funding guidelines and opportunities for 3–12 education and meets federal and state guidelines for numerous funding sources. Click on a category below to learn more.

Striving Readers / Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) Grant

The Striving Readers grant program serves children from birth to grade 12 with an emphasis on disadvantaged children, including children living in poverty, English learners, and children with disabilities. The program has appropriated $500 million to support literacy initiatives for the next five years.

Read more about how Reading Plus meets the requirements of the Striving Readers grant.

Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies (Title I, Part A)

Title I, Part A (often referred to simply as Title I) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.

How Reading Plus Supports Title I, Part A:

Migrant Education (MEP) (Title I, Part C)

Title I, Part C funds support high-quality education programs for migratory children and help ensure that migratory children are provided with appropriate education services that address their special needs. These funds also help ensure that such children receive full and appropriate opportunities to meet the same challenging state academic content and student academic achievement standards that all children are expected to meet. States use program funds to identify eligible children and provide education and support services. These services include: academic instruction; remedial and compensatory instruction; bilingual and multicultural instruction; vocational instruction; career education services; special guidance; counseling and testing services; health services; and preschool services.

This is a formula grant.

How Reading Plus Supports Title I, Part C:

Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students (LEP) (Title III, Part A)

Title III funds help ensure that English learners (ELs) attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement in English. Funds can be used to provide professional development, specific academic support for EL and immigrant students, and other effective activities and strategies that enhance or supplement instruction for ELs, which must include parent, family, and community engagement activities, and may include strategies that serve to coordinate and align related programs. An LEA may also use Title III funds for a number of activities such as providing community participation programs, family literacy services, and parent outreach and training to ELs and their families, and improving the instruction of ELs, which may include English learners with disabilities, by acquiring or developing educational technology and accessing electronic networks.

This is a formula grant.

How Reading Plus Supports Title III, Part A:

Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants - Well-Rounded Education (Title IV, Part A)

Title IV, Part A funds can be used to promote technology integration designed to improve teaching and learning in addition to emphasizing access to a well-rounded education that supports a wide variety of disciplines. Investment in high quality education technology ensures that schools have technology-proficient educators and a curriculum optimized to take advantage of the benefits technology offers – including closing achievement gaps and adequately preparing students for college and career.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (Title IV, Part B)

The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

This is a competitive grant.

How Reading Plus Supports 21st CCLC Grantees:

Small, Rural School Achievement Program (SRSA) (REAP, Title V)

The purpose of the Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program is to provide rural LEAs with financial assistance to fund initiatives aimed at improving student academic achievement.

Grantees may use funds to carry out activities authorized under any of the following federal programs:

Title I-A (Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Education Agencies)
Example: A school district develops an entrepreneurial education program to supplement its civics curriculum.

Title II-A (Supporting Effective Instruction)
Example: A school district pays the stipend for a prospective teacher to work alongside an effective teacher, who is the teacher of record, for a full academic year.

Title III (Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students)
Example: A school district offers an after school enrichment program for English learners.

Title IV-A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment)
Example: A school district purchases programs that support social-emotional learning (SEL) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).

Title IV-B (21st Century Community Learning Centers)
Example: A school district purchases programs to support subject-specific academic achievement.

This is a formula grant.

How Reading Plus supports REAP programs:

Indian Education (Now Title VI, was Title VII under NCLB)

The Title VI program is designed to address the unique cultural, language, and educationally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students and help these students meet challenging state academic standards. Grant funds supplement the regular school program by meeting the academic needs of Indian children. Projects help Indian children sharpen their academic skills and assist students in becoming proficient in core content areas.

This is a formula grant.

How Reading Plus Supports Indian Education:

Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants

Dollar General’s Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

Dollar General Summer Reading Grants

Dollar General’s Summer Reading Grants support the creation or expansion of summer reading programs. Applicants for the grant should meet the following criteria:
Target Pre-K - 12th grade students
Target below grade level readers
Assist readers with learning disabilities
Serve students learning English as a Second Language

GEAR UP - Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

GEAR UP is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP provides six-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools. GEAR UP grantees serve an entire cohort of students beginning no later than the seventh grade and follow the cohort through high school. GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

GEAR UP offers state and partnership grants. State grants are competitive six-year matching grants that must include both an early intervention component designed to increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low-income students and a scholarship component. Partnership grants are competitive six-year matching grants that must support an early intervention component and may support a scholarship component designed to increase college attendance and success and raise the expectations of low-income students.

This is a competitive grant.

How Reading Plus Supports GEAR UP programs:

Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) (Formerly Improving Literacy Through School Libraries)

IAL supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in high-need LEAs and schools. Funds may be used to provide up-to-date literacy materials, literacy promotion, and provide high-quality books on a regular basis to children and adolescents from low-income communities to increase reading motivation, performance, and frequency.

This is a competitive grant.

How Reading Plus Supports Innovative Approaches to Literacy:

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