2015 Summer Reading/Learning Program Grants

Courtesy of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will be giving out two types of grants.The applications for the grants typically open in mid-September of every year if offered.

Summer Reading Resources Grant

The Summer Reading Resources Grant will award $1,000 to each of 20 libraries in need with the purpose of helping them purchase resources to bolster their teen summer reading program.

Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant

The Summer Reading Teen Intern Grant helps teens build job skills while helping libraries implement their summer learning efforts!  Read this one teen's blog post about her intern experience.  YALSA will award $1,000 to each of 20 libraries for the purpose of hiring summer teen interns to assist with summer reading activities.

Eligible applicants can apply now through January 1, 2015. Recipients will be notified during the week of February 16, 2015. An official announcement via press release will be released the following month.

To determine if you are eligible, you must answer yes to the following questions:

  • Is your summer reading program administered through a library?
  • Is your program open to all teens in the community?
  • Do you work directly with teens?
  • Are you a personal member of YALSA? (Learn more &
  • Is your library within 20 miles of a Dollar General store?

To apply, please visit the links below for each respective grant application. Applicants are required to complete and attach an itemized budget to their application. Please download the respective budget template below and upload it in the space provided in the online application form.

If you have any questions regarding the grant, please email Emily Weeden at eweeden@ala.org

2015 Application Period Now Open. The 2015 application period is now closed.


Summer Reading Resources Grant
Teen Summer Intern Program Grant

Budget Templates

Summer Reading Resources Grant Budget Template

Teen Summer Intern Program Grant Budget Template

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