Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Early Literacy Mini-Grants

Want to start a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program or create an early literacy play area in your library?  Consider these mini-grants your fertilizer kit to get your dreams growing!

The Public Library Development Team at the Department of Public Instruction will award 40 mini-grants in the amount of $250 to Wisconsin public libraries to support early literacy efforts.  This project is part of the larger Growing Wisconsin Readers early literacy initiative.  Libraries may apply for grants to establish or enhance either an early literacy activity area or a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  Priority will be given to libraries that serve a total municipal population of less than 10,000 and who serve children birth through age six with potentially limited exposure to early literacy experiences.  Ideally, the grants will be awarded to libraries throughout the state’s 17 regional library systems.
The application process opens on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 9:00 am and closes on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 4:00pm.  For more information about the mini-grants, view  The information sheet and other documents related to Growing Wisconsin Readers are available at under “Initiatives.”
Questions?  Contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant at the Department of Public Instruction. 

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