Grants For Reader’s Theater

Richard Donchian Foundation

Focus: Northeastern states
Amount: up to $50,000
Deadline: rolling
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Safeway Foundation

Amount: $2,500 -$10,000
Deadline: rolling
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CVS Caremark

Amount: up to $5000
Deadline: October 31, 2012
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Kellogg Foundation

Amount: varies
Deadline: rolling
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Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Focus: After School and disadvantaged youth
Amount: varies
Deadline: varies
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Target Early Childhood Reading Grants

Every year, Target offers a $2000 grant to support organizations with programs fostering early childhood reading development (PreK-3). Programs should also encourage families reading together. Applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30. Apply here.

Comprehensive School Reform Program (CSR)

Part of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Comprehensive School Reform Program offers funding to improve Title 1 and other schools with high rates of struggling students. Recipients must plan a detailed program using research based methods and with planned goals for growth. Read more about this source of funding and how to help your school apply for a CSR program.

Finish Line Youth Foundation

Funding opportunities are available through the Finish Line Youth Foundation. This foundation supports organizations such as youth programs and camps that include a focus on physical activity, and is especially interested those that serve disadvantaged youth. Learn more here.

Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy

The Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy offers a variety of grants to find projects and organizations which focus on literacy for children Pre-K through Third Grade, parent education, or multi-generational literacy activities. Read on.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini Grants

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation supports art and literacy through engaging with the community in various ways. Mini Grant applications from public libraries and schools are currently being accepted. These grants will go to programs that encourage creative expression and bringing diverse communities together. Apply here.

More Sources of Funding

Below is a list of several sources of funding that your program may wish to explore.

Race to the Top  Grants - Has your state been awarded Race to the Top funds? If so, find out how these funds are being used and whether they might be accessible to your school or program for reader’s theater curriculum. Read information about Race to the Top.

Master Settlement Revenue – Investments in Youth - A portion of the money received by the government from the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement is used to benefit youth. Find out how these funds are available in your state.

Americorps Grants – These grants are offered for various categories, including education, and are awarded to programs each year. Learn more.

Partnerships: It is easier to win a grant if two programs apply for a grant together than individually, so consider joining forces in your funding seeking endeavors.

Promise Neighborhoods Grants

Promise Neighborhoods grants are intended to fund all-around improvements in opportunity for children and youth of all ages in disadvantaged communities. One of the many facets of uses for this source of funding may be literacy-building materials such as reader’s theater. Learn how to apply.

Investing in Innovation Fund (I3)

The Investing in Innovation Fund awards grants to schools or programs that have shown improvements in student success in order to further extend the opportunities for learning offered by the program. Special interest in taken in innovations that close achievement gaps, increase graduation rates, and increase college success rates. Reader’s theater falls in all these categories and so this is an excellent grant to help you afford such materials. Get all the details and apply.

Remember, our Grant Narrative documents provide effective wording for writing a grant for implementing reader’s theater. See the following documents for either After School programs or Title 1/Reading First.

Search and Apply For Federal Grants provides a current listing of all federal grants available as well as a downloadable tool for completing and submitting grant applications. The database can be searched by category (such as Education), government department offering the grant, or keywords. An extensive FAQ section helps applicants through the submission process. Find grant opportunities to help you purchase reader’s theater materials and improve your program in many other ways as well.

Grants for Healthy Themes

Below are several grants that may be applied towards health education, including relevant healthy themed reader’s theater stories or scripts!

Rite Aid Health and Wellness Grants – due October 1st

BNSF Foundation Educational Grants – rolling deadline

Children and Youth Grants From the May and Stanley Charitable Trust Fund – rolling deadline

Costco Wholesale Grants – rolling deadline

Albertson’s “In Your Community” Grants – rolling deadline

Walmart State Giving Program

The Walmart Foundation is providing grants to organizations that encourage educational success and literacy in young people. Deadline is September 9, 2011. Get details and apply.

Mini Grants For Literacy

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation awards $500 “mini-grants” to public schools and libraries for programs supporting literacy. Deadline is March 15, 2012. Learn more and apply.

Middle and High School Drama and Arts Grants

The “Touching Lives Through Theater” grant offered by the Pioneer Drama Service is available to Middle and High Schools to support drama programs and play production. Reader’s theater is a fantastic way to incorporate drama in your school’s curriculum and the materials can be used for a play as well. Deadline is June 30th.

Get the details and apply.

RKG Foundation Grants

The RKG Foundation funds educational organizations to support learning in mathematics, science, and reading.

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Barnes and Noble Sponsorships

Barnes and Noble considers donations and sponsorships for organizations promoting literacy and seeks partnerships that reach community audiences.

Learn more about possible opportunities for funding here.

Halliburton Foundation Grants

The Halliburton Foundation awards grants to educational institutions at all grade levels.

View more information here.

Wish You Well Foundation Grants

The Wish You Well Foundation awards grants about 4 times per year to support literacy programs. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. View details here.

Mazda Foundation Grants

The Mazda Foundation is accepting grant applications from now through July 1st. This grant is awarded to organizations for promoting education and literacy, environmental conservation, cross-cultural understanding, social welfare, or scientific research.

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Arkansas Giving Tree Grants

The Arkanas Community Foundation offers grants on a rolling cycle for a wide variety of causes, including education. View details here.

Intel Corporation Education Grants

Intel Corporation offers education grants for schools and community programs that prepare students for success, especially for underprivileged areas. Intel is particularly interested in supporting STEM education. Reader’s theater scripts with science content are a great way to help these important lessons become more memorable. Built-in creativity and identifying with a character helps students better retain the information.  Learn more about grant application here.

LEGO Children’s Fund

The LEGO Children’s Fund awards grants for programs focusing on Early Childhood Education that support creativity. Learn more here.




Walmart Store and Sam’s Club Giving Program

Learn about this opportunity for educational funds here.

Kinder Morgan Grants For Non-Profit Youth Programs

Kinder Morgan provides grants to organizations that focus on education and the arts. Read more.

Wells Fargo Corporate Giving

Wells Fargo provides grants for educational programs. Find out how to apply.

Quest For Education Grants

Quest For Education gives grants to organizations that demonstrate effective, innovative programs and provide measurable growth. Learn how to apply.




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With this unique service, request funding for your reader’s theater program and individual donors collaborate through the website to donate as little or as much as they wish to your cause. Learn more here!

American Honda Foundation

Educational funding is available through the American Honda Foundation. Read on for details.

Corning Incorporated Foundation

This foundation has given more than $108 million to various causes, the area of education being a main recipient. The organization has particular interest in curriculum enrichment. Learn how to apply.

Lawrence Foundation Educational Grants

The Lawrence Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for their June Grant Cycle, with applications due April 30. Education is one of their major categories for awarding grants. Learn more here. Update: The Spring deadline is passed, but apply for the next cycle by October!

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is offering grants up to $3,000 for schools and non-profit organizations to serve struggling readers. The deadline to apply is May 18, 2011. Continue here to learn more and apply.

This literacy foundation is also awarding grants up to $5,000 for supporting literacy programs implementing new materials or technology. Continue here for details and application.

Braitmayer Foundation Grants

The Braitmayer Foundation is accepting applications for grants supporting curricular reforms and professional development, both of which reader’s theater falls under, with some publishers offering workshops and staff trainings to help schools update their reading fluency programs/curriculum with the latest research standards. Read more about the Braitmayer Foundation grants here!

Build-a-Bear Grants

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation gave literacy grants last year and promises to offer them again early this year! Check their website for updates and application information to see how you can get a grant for purchasing reader’s theater.

Grant Wrangler lists many currently available grants; check them out to find funding for reader’s theater!


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