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Summer Reading Mini Grants

Summer can be a powerful time to share the joy and fun of reading with children and spark a love of language and learning. Oakland Reads wants to help you bring to life your ideas for promoting reading with the children and families in your programs.

Oakland Reads awards grants of up to $1,000 to Oakland public elementary schools, preschools, and nonprofit organizations running summer programs with children ages 0-8 that present a clear and compelling idea for how they’ll remove barriers to summer learning, such as access to books at home, and keep kids reading over the break.

Projects include one-time or recurring events (such as family reading celebrations, book clubs, or read-ins) that promote reading, engage families, and provide all participating children with at least one book to keep and read at home. Organizations must serve predominately low-income families in order to be eligible.

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018 Summer Reading Mini Grants. Our next cycle will open in April 2019.

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