ILLINOIS READING COUNCIL

(an affiliate of the International Reading Association)

1210 Fort Jesse Road, Suite B2

Normal , IL 61761-1836

Telephone 888-454-1341 (but this is not a phone # for Balkin Buddies)

Fax 309 454-3512 (but this is not a fax for Balkin Buddies)

www.illinoisreadingcouncil.org

 

 

IRC LITERACY SUPPORT GRANT

 

 

The Illinois Reading Council will award financial grants to local and special interest councils and individual council members for the purpose of promoting literacy development in the school and community, and/or providing professional development opportunities related to the improvement of reading and writing instruction. If fulfilling one of the above stated purposes requires a joint effort with another school, district or other agency, and the success of the project is dependent upon this cooperation, letters stating their intended involvement are required from these agencies.

 

The Guidelines and Application forms are available. There is no specific amount per grant. All submitted proposals must list in the itemized budget specific anticipated expenditures and projected income. The amount awarded for each grant may be less than the amount requested. Application deadlines are usually in May. Awards are usually announced in July. Then grants are awarded for the fiscal year ending the following June.

 

Awards are reviewed in a blind selection process and scored on a criteria rubric. For more information or application form requests, contact:

 

IRC Grants

Illinois Reading Council

1210 Fort Jesse Road, Suite B2

Normal , IL 61761-1836

Telephone 309-454-1341

Toll-free 888-454-1341 (this is not a phone number for Balkin Buddies)

Fax 309 454-3512 (this is not a fax for Balkin Buddies)

Email ircread@dave-world.net or Bkwrm@btc-skynet.net

 

 

IRC LITERACY SUPPORT GRANTS PROGRAM: GUIDELINES

 

Each grant applicant will:

 

1. Submit a proposal for the program or project which includes:

 

a) a statement of purpose

b) a needs statement, including population to be served

c) a description of the program or project, including a time line

d) an itemized budget which projects income and expenditures, including fees, donations or joint funding

e) a plan for publicizing the program or project

f) a plan for evaluating the program or project, including how you will share success of the program or project

 

2. Agree to acknowledge the Illinois Reading Council as a cosponsor on all publicity

 

3. Agree to complete the program or project by June 30th of the fiscal year designated

 

4. Within thirty (30) days of the conclusion of the program or project, submit a written report which includes an itemized list of income and expenditures, and also include a written explanation of how money was spent

 

5. Plan to make a presentation of the program or project at the Illinois Reading Council Conference, or submit an article to the IRC Communicator or IRC Journal

 

6. Be a member of the Illinois Reading Council.

 

IRC LITERACY SUPPORT GRANTS PROGRAM: APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Councils and individuals applying for grants should submit proposals to the Grants Committee by the May 1 st deadline. Late proposals are not accepted. A postcard will be mailed to you within two (2) weeks of receiving your grant application verifying that it has been received.

 

 

IRC LITERACY SUPPORT GRANTS PROGRAM: TIME LINE

 

Application must be postmarked no later than May 1. Proposals will be reviewed and the grant recipients notified by July 1. Grants will be awarded for the fiscal year ending the following June (June 30).

 

IRC LITERACY SUPPORT GRANTS PROGRAM: BUDGET

 

The maximum expenditure per grant and the total grant expenditure shall be determined each year. The amount of each grant may be less than the amount requested.

 

IRC LITERACY SUPPORT GRANTS PROGRAM: REVIEW PROCESS

 

The Grants Committee, which includes the committee chair and one representative from each region, will review each proposal using a blind review process.