[library-media] FW: [ALA-WO:720] ALRT/ESEA:NEW "IMPROVING LITERACY THROUGH LIBRAR IES" GRANTS (ALAWON, v 11, n 40)

Loutensock, Georgia GLoutens@usoe.k12.ut.us
Mon, 13 May 2002 07:25:42 -0600


Several of you have asked for information on Federal funding.  Here is the
latest information.  Now you know as much as I do.  gml

Georgia M. Loutensock
Specialist for Library Media
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200

801-538-7789
801-538-7769 (fax)
gloutens@usoe.k12.ut.us


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ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline
Volume 11, Number 40
May 10, 2002

In This Issue: NEW "IMPROVING LITERACY THROUGH LIBRARIES" GRANTS

The Department of Education will soon (within a few days) launch a web site
for the grant program, Improving Literacy through Libraries.  The web site
address will be: www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/LSL 

This is a new competitive grant program for one-year grants to local
educational agencies (school districts) in which 20% of the students are
from families with incomes below the poverty line.  It has $12.5 million to
distribute in FY2002.

The web site will include a list of all eligible school districts (about
5,600) and charters schools (about 500).

By the end of this month, the web site should have the grant requirements,
applications and an explanation of the grant process.

If you are in an ineligible school district and are not applying for the
grant, but would like to be a "grant reader", please contact the Washington
Office by email at alawash@alawash.org or call us at 1-800-941-8478 and give
us your name and email address and we will submit your names to the
Department.  You can only be a "grant reader" if your school district is
ineligible to apply for the grant (i.e., your school district or charter
school is not listed as being eligible).
 
The office that will run the program will be at ALA's Annual Conference,
explaining exactly how to apply for these grants.  They have agreed to stay
as long as it takes to answer all questions!  So come to the Convention
Center on Saturday, June 15, Room 313, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

We are trying to get the funding level for this program substantially
increased, so we must demonstrate need; one way will be for a great number
of eligible school districts to apply.  We also need examples (at least one
for every Congressional District) of needy school libraries that are located
in ineligible districts.

If you are the school librarian at a school in an ineligible district where
20% of the students are from families with incomes below the poverty line,
please contact the Washington Office, and tell your Representative!  We need
this information as soon as possible.



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