First Book-Portage County is accepting book grant applications from community groups and nonprofits. This spring, First Book-Portage County plans to grant out about 1,500 new books to programs in Portage County.
Teachers and directors of local preschools, day care, after-school, tutoring and mentoring programs are encouraged to apply on behalf of their programs.
To be eligible to receive a First Book grant, organizations are required to incorporate reading as part of their program activities, serve children and families from low-income households, provide distribution to each child in the program, and support the child's ongoing education outside of the school classroom setting.
Each child participating in a program that receives a grant will receive at least four books each, which enables the children to start their own home libraries they can share with their siblings and families.
The book grants are made possible through local fundraising efforts by members of First Book-Portage County.
Applications are due by March 15. To fill out an application, go to www.first
book.org/receive-books or send an email to firstbook
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.