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Mar 28th

First Book: Grants for summer reading programs

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First Book—Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul has announced grants to purchase books for summer reading programs that serve up to 100 children from low-income households in the counties of Anoka, Hennepin, Carver, Scott, Washington, Ramsey and Dakota.  Applications from organizations that are approved will receive funds in time to provide resources for their summer reading programs.

Community-based programs and organizations, tutoring/mentoring programs, and even faith-based literacy outreach programs may apply.  Organizations applying for books may not discriminate, are required to have a literacy component to their program or project, must give the books to the children, and a majority of the children served must be from low-income households. 

In order to apply, organizations must first register and be approved by the First Book National Book Bank (FBNBB) at  Organizations may then request a summer literacy grant application by sending an email including the FBNBB recipient group number to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Grant applications must be received via email by 11:59 pm (CST) on March 17, 2011. 

First Book’s mission is to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books. Donate online or learn more about First Book—Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul at


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