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Michigan Reading Association
 
Empowering all Michigan Students and Educators through Literacy

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Grants Presentation

The Michigan Reading Association has set aside funds to support literacy events, activities, and projects through their local councils. Each annual grant award may range from $50 to $500. Larger amounts may be awarded based on population size of impact or influence. Grants are awarded based on merit, not competition. 

Grant Requirements

  • Council MUST be in compliance with MRA/ILA.
  • All grants require the event, activity, or project is open to an audience across the council region, not one district or building.

  • Grant projects must be open to participants of more than one school district.
  • Grant applications must include:

    • a rationale, including data (qualitative and/or quantitative) to justify the goal(s), topic, and design of the project;

    • a detailed description of the project, including expected outcomes;

    • a projected budget, including actual estimates when possible;

    • the target audience, including numbers expected;

    • an evaluation plan; and

    • contact information for the council member responsible for the grant project.

  • Projects must be completed between the application and evaluation dates listed above. Councils should not start a project until they know they've received funding, but it should be complete before the report is due - June 15, 2017.

Grant Submission and Acceptance

  • Applications are open July 10 and due September 1 will be evaluated with a rubric. Click here to see the rubric.
  • Applicants will receive a completed rubric with the grant award or rejection.

  • Granted monies may only be used as described in the grant, however, a mid-year revision may be submitted by January 15, 2017, describing how the grant might be revised. Revision approval must be received before expenditures can be covered by grant funds

Grant Follow-Up

  • A written evaluation of each awarded grant must be submitted by June 15, 2017. Failure to submit a complete evaluation will disqualify the local council from receiving a grant award the following year. Evaluations will be submitted electronically, but will include:

    • all expenses must be supported by itemized receipts

    • a final and complete budget
    • evaluations from participants / target audience (at least 3)

    • a sign-in sheet if appropriate for the project

    • pictures of the event, activity, or project (at least 3)

    • a written summary or reflection

  • Any unused grant money must be returned to MRA by June 15.

Grant Categories Include:

Student Projects Grant

The Michigan Reading Association Student Projects Grant supports innovative, engaging projects designed to promote student literacy engagement and development. Supported projects should be open to students from all districts within a council region, not just one school or district and should be beyond the scope of what a local school district might provide for students. Innovation and sustainability will be considered in evaluating. Collaboration with community resources and supports is encouraged.

Projects supported through the Student Projects grant may include:

o   Student activities celebrating International Literacy Day

o   Summer Reading Initiatives

o   Young Authors’ Conference

o   Regional Author visit

Membership Development Grant

Maintaining and expanding local council membership is evidence of strong regional literacy support and opportunity. The Membership Development Grant supports local council communication, publicity and programming to engage regional literacy advocates as members of the local council, MRA, and ILA. When applying for this grant, please send a current membership roster and include an end of the year roster in your report.

Project supported through the Membership Development Grant may include:

o   Establishing and maintaining a web presence

o   Publishing and distributing a print or electronic newsletter

o   Offering discount memberships to MRA and ILA as event prizes (please submit names of awardees).

o   A special event designed to increase membership

Community or Family Projects

A primary goal of Michigan Reading Association and the International Literacy Association is to support local literacy projects. The Community or Family Projects Grant supports regional literacy activities that engage families and community members. Supported projects should be innovative and open to families and community members from all districts within a council region, not just one school or district and should be beyond the scope of what a local school district might provide. Collaboration with other community organizations is encouraged. This might include the local chapter of the International Rotary (an ILA collaborating partner), libraries, or other community organizations or community events.

Projects supported through the Community or Family Projects Grant may include:

o   A Parent Night designed to engage parents in family literacy activities or teach parents how to work with their children at home.

o   A literacy table at the local Farmer’s Market or other community event

o   A community one book read

o   Establishing and maintaining  a Little Library in areas of the council with limited access to books

o   A book drive for a local shelter or community center

Professional Learning Grant

Professional Learning is key to supporting literacy development in a school or community. The Professional Learning Grant supports the development of strategic learning opportunities for area educators. Local Councils must justify the choice of topic as well as mode of learning through the use of local (qualitative or quantitative) data.

Projects supported by the Professional Learning Grant may include:

o   A regional professional book study (face to face, distance, or through social media such as Twitter Chats)

o   A face to face professional learning opportunity with a featured notable speaker

o   The development of an online course not offered through a college, university, or other organization

Portions of this grant may be combined with the Professional Learning Grant participants in the professional learning project become members of the local council and the scope and impact of the project is warranted. 

Portions of this grant may be combined with the Professional Learning Grant participants in the professional learning project become members of the local council and the scope and impact of the project is warranted.

Innovation Project Grant
An active local council may take on a project that is out of the parameters of the grants described above. The Michigan Reading Association may choose to support an innovative project through the Innovation Project Grant. Innovation, creativity, and impact are critical components of projects awarded this grant.