Grant Application Submissions
Book is a national nonprofit organization with a single
mission: to give children from low-income families the
opportunity to read and own their first new books. First
Book distributes books through its network of
volunteer-member Advisory Boards.
primary goal of First Book is to work with existing
community literacy programs to distribute new books to
children who, for economic reasons, have little or no
access to books. First Book does not provide direct
financial support, nor does it provide books to
individuals, families, or book drives. Programs
interested in receiving books from First
Book Advisory Boards
in an area served by a First
Book Advisory Board.
complete a First Book Grant Application.
the application to a First
Book Advisory Board.
the eligibility requirements detailed below.
Types of Grants
First Book-LCSC awards two different types of grants:
Literacy programs apply for a First Book Grant to give
6-12 books to children over the course of a year. This
is a regular grant, which is awarded during a grant
cycle (about once a year).
Literacy programs or other community programs for
children may apply for a Special Grant at any time. This
is a one-time grant, and each child receives just one
Grant applications should be
completed and returned to:
Book Advisory Boards
support community-based programs and organizations, e.g.,
preschool, day care, after-school, and tutoring/mentoring
programs. First Book typically supports after-school
programs rather than providing books to be used in the
classroom. Organizations applying for books from First Book
are required to:
Incorporate literacy and the reading of First Book books as
a part of their program activities.
children and families from low-income households
least 80% of the participants must come from low-income
multiple book distributions (ideally 6-12) to each child in
the program, with a minimum distribution cycle of one new
book every four to eight weeks.*
Ideally, during a yearlong program, each child should
receive one book per month during a twelve-month period; in
a summer program, each child should receive one book per
week. Because program administrators select the titles
through First Book catalogs, First Book enables
programs—often for the first time—to select books to
integrate into curriculum. First Book supports programs
serving the hardest to reach children, and therefore
recognizes some transitional programs including those in
shelters, clinics, and soup kitchens will conduct regular
book distributions to a changing population.
that the books received through the grant become the
personal property of the children participating in the
program and that the books go home with the children.
individuals based on race, gender, sexual orientation,
national origin, religion or physical or mental disability.
Number of Books
number of books provided to approved applicants is
determined by the request outlined in the application, the
funds and books available to the Advisory Board, and the
number of applications received by the Advisory Board.
and Receipt of Books
grant applications should be submitted to First Book-LCSC
Campus Advisory Board for review. If a program’s application
is approved, based on their meeting the above eligibility
requirements, their application is sent to the First Book
National Office for final review. There are five sources of
books that Advisory Boards will use, sometimes in
combination, to fulfill grants, outlined below. Halfway
through the grant year, grant recipient groups must complete
a mid-grant evaluation report.
If you are awarded catalog books, you will receive a dollar
amount that will enable you to order books through First
Book’s publishing partners’ catalogs.
Scholastic Community Starter books:
If you are awarded CS Books, you may order your approved
number of books in groups of 50 or 100, by age level.
Book National Book Bank books:
If you are awarded FBNBB books, your Advisory Board chair
will give you books that have been donated from First Book’s
publishing partners. These books are not “ordered.”
Book Marketplace books:
If you are awarded FBMP books, your Advisory Board chair
will coordinate the ordering and/or delivery of FBMP books.
(Advisory Boards purchase books from the FBMP.)
from First Book Partner Promotions:
Occasionally, Advisory Boards will be awarded books based on
their participation in a promotion of one of First Book’s
national partners. Your Advisory Board chair will give you
these books; they are not “ordered.”
number of books distributed to each child may be less than
six if a grant is fulfilled solely with books from one or
all of the following sources: the First Book National Book
Bank, the First Book Marketplace, or a First Book partner
2007 Grant Recipients
Borders/Waldenbooks Grant Recipients