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Bookmobile Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Libraries
for Mobile Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lois Lenski Covey Foundation (LLCF)

Deadline Date:

09/01/19 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, public schools, and libraries to purchase books for a mobile lending library serving underserved children and youth. Funding may be used to purchase books that were published for youth, ages preschool through 8th grade.

The bookmobile grant program provides grants for purchasing children’s fiction or non-fiction books. The books are to be available for checkout by young people for pleasure reading or, perhaps, as a source of information for a school assignment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180779

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $500 to $3,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Bookmobiles operated by charitable [501(c)(3)] and other non-taxable agencies, including public libraries or schools, are eligible.

Only organizations within the United States, its territories, or commonwealths are eligible.

The Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children, have limited book budgets, and demonstrate real need.

The LLCF no longer provides grants to schools, public libraries, or other libraries for the purchase of children's books, with the exception of bookmobiles.

Grants cannot be used for administrative or operational uses.

The library grant program does not provide grants for book distribution programs (book gift programs), atlases, dictionaries, basal readers or similar texts, workbooks or similar instructional tools, magazine subscriptions, or for textbooks or encyclopedias.

Pre-Application Information:

The bookmobile grant cycle begins in February and ends in October.

The last grant within a given year will be awarded by October 30th. To be considered by that date, applications must be postmarked by September 1.

Applications postmarked after September 1 will be evaluated the following year.

LLCF will make every effort to evaluate applications within three months of receiving them.

A list of recipients will be posted on the "News" page of the LLCF website by November 30th annually.

Application instructions:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send a copy of the completed application to:

The Lois Lenski Foundation
P. O. Box 255366
Sacramento, CA 95865

Questions regarding the Foundation's bookmobile grant program may be emailed to

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