Middle School Mini Grants

Reading Engagement for Middle School Youth

The OLC is piloting the next phase of our mini grants to include schools and programs serving middle school-aged students to increase engagement, learning, and a joy of reading. Like all our mini grants, we aim to create reading opportunities beyond the classroom. In addition to schools, community and faith-based organizations—education focused or not, are welcome to apply.

The pilot grant program is focused around creating reading-rich spaces and opportunities, increasing student engagement in reading, and/or using books and stories as a way to help students engage with the world.

The OLC seeks creative and innovative ideas to engage middle school-aged youth.

The pilot will fund up to five projects with a total budget of $5000 for this pilot round with an expected individual grant award of $750 to $1,500.00.


Do you have a great idea to increase engagement, learning, and joy of reading for Middle School aged youth? Submit a proposal below. 

Grant Details

Eligible organizations include:

  • Public middle and Jr. high schools
  • Community and Faith-Based Organizations serving middle school-aged youth. Organizations do not need to focus on literacy or education as part of their core programming to be eligible. 

Important Dates

  • January 17, 2020: Proposals due
  • February 3, 2020: Accepted proposals notified
  • May 31, 2020:  All proposed projects completed


A full description of pilot grant program, criteria, eligibility and directions can be found in the full Request for Proposals guidelines.


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