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Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

  Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 84.215
Link view program website
Sponsor U.S. Department of Education
Deadlines Aug 10, 2012

Peter D. Eldridge
Phone: 202.260.2514


Melvin Graham
Phone: 202.260.8268


The Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program supports programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade, within the attendance boundaries of high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools.

Funding is available to support programs that promote early literacy for young children, motivate older children to read, and increase student achievement by using school libraries, distributing free books to children and their families, and offering literacy activities.


Eligible applicants include:

  • A high-need local educational agency (LEA) in which at least 25 percent of the students served or enrolled are from families with incomes below the poverty line of that geographic region
  • A national nonprofit organization that serves children and students within the attendance boundaries of a high-need LEA
  • A consortium of one or more national nonprofit organizations that serves children within the attendance boundaries of a high-need LEA
  • A consortium of high-need LEAs
Amount of

Estimated Available Funds: $28,599,844

Estimated Range of Awards to LEAs: $150,000 to $750,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 30

Estimated Range to national nonprofit organizations: $3,000,000 to $14,000,000
Estimated Number of Awards: 1-4


Links to the full announcement and electronic application are available through

Tagged as Children, Schools, Youth

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