Grants That Pay for Author Visits

If you are an educator, you know that bringing authors to schools has lasting impacts on the students. Not only they get to meet a real-life published author, but forge a personal connection between the books they are reading, and their creators. It is well documented that author visits increase interest in reading, as well as motivate kids to read, writer, and express themselves.

My books are primarily focused on social studies, international and cultural education. They are multicultural books written by diverse authors and illustrators. The characters are real people from different countries. Most educators and parents see great value in educating their kids about the world, especially in this time and change.

I travel across the world sharing my stories of how I became an author, developed my book, and photos I have taken during my travels that parallel the stories in Beato Goes To.

But if you are a public school pressed on resources, how do you afford the author fees?

Author Event at National Children’s Library in Moldova

Here are some grants that give schools money to pay for author visits and buy multicultural books.

Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

This $4,000 award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library. The applicant seeks to provide a visit from an author/illustrator who will speak to children who have not had the opportunity to hear a nationally known author/illustrator. Reasons for applying could include: particular contribution; a special celebration, etc. Click here to learn more.

Adopt a Classroom

Principals and school administrators can now raise funds through AdoptAClassroom.org for school supplies, books and more. They also have matching programs through corporate donors. The Inclusive Classroom Fund give $1000 grants to support teachers or schools who want to address inequity in the classroom on the basis of race, ethnicity, family background, sexual and gender identity, ability, or any personal or social circumstances. Any subject or K-12 grade level will be considered. Apply by April 20, 2019.

The Amber Brown Grant

One school is awarded each year with an author or illustrator visit and new books to continue author Paula Danziger’s love of connecting children with creative influences through SCBWI. The chosen school also receives a $250 stipend to create a memorable day and $250 worth of books by the visiting author/illustrator. Applications must be submitted between November 1 – April 15.

Beato Goes To Japan reading & Japanese crafts at Teasley Elementary School

Crayola Creative Leadership Grants 

Crayola will give your school $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000 to help build your school’s creative capacity. You can use it towards bringing in an author and have her do a writing/ illustration workshop so the students can be inspired to create their own books. Submit application by June 21, 2019 (the principal must be a member of NAESP).

Barnes & Noble Co-Sponsorship

Barnes & Noble considers national and local support requests from non-profit organizations that focus on literacy, the arts or education (pre-K-12). For donation and sponsorship requests, submit your proposal to the community business development manager or store manager at your local Barnes & Noble store. 

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The summer reading grants support the creation or expansion of summer reading programs. Local nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries are eligible to apply if their programs target Pre-K – 12th grade students who are new readers. They also have a up to $4,000 Youth Literacy Grants to support literacy initiatives and for purchasing books. Deadline to apply: May 16, 2019 

Author visit at Sanders Elementary School

Donors Choose

Founded in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx, DonorsChoose.org empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students. Teachers at 77% of all the public schools in America have used their platform, where you can solicit donations by the community, foundations and parents in any dollar amount.

National Endowment for the Arts

The Art Works grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Submit to Grants.gov by July 11, 2019.

The NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation believes public education should stimulate students’ curiosity and excitement about learning and help them become successful 21st-century global citizens. They are currently giving preference to proposals that incorporate STEM and/or global learning into projects. You have to be a current members of the National Education Association to apply. Two levels of funding are available: $2,000 and $5,000. There are 3 deadlines through the course of the year.

In partnership with the state and jurisdictional arts agencies and regional arts organizations, the NEA provides federal support for projects that benefit local communities. Here is a list of the agencies in each state.

Wal-Mart Grants

K-12 public or private school, and charter schools can receive grants from $250 to $5,000 towards fostering the building of relationships and understand among diverse groups, as well as providing after-school enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low income individuals and families in the United States. The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2019

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature 

Advocating for multicultural children’s literature CSMCL will award a $500 grant in selected multicultural children’s books to your library that serve children and their families who are having a Día library program, El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) with an African American Focus. The Día event must be held on or about April 30, 2019.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a focus on helping Black, Latino, and low-income students succeed. Look for their open RFPs or send in a proposal.

Don’t know how to write a grant? Here are some grant writing resources for educators  that will help you in winning your next grant. GrantsAlert.com is a good place to find current funding opportunities for your school, district, and community.

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