Sarah Badgley Literacy Fund for Rural Ontario Children – Phase 1

The Rural Learning Association established the Sarah Badgley Fund in 2002. The Ontario Library Association now administers the Fund. To date, more than 60 public libraries have received grants from the Fund.

A grant of up to $500 per year is available to rural public libraries and to urban public libraries that serve rural clientele. The purpose of the grant is to support children’s literacy initiatives. Priority will be given to those libraries that promote the love of reading by using the grant for such things as literacy programmes (story time, book/activity bags for loan, etc.,), book purchases, and/or equipment purchases (e.g., Lego, software and digital media). Connections to the positive literacy outcomes should be demonstrated in the request.

Important Date Timeline
April 15: Phase 1 – Completed forms due
May 15: Applicants are informed of preliminary results and full proposals (Phase 2) are invited from the selected libraries
June 15: Full proposals due – see Phase 2 for details
July 15: Final decisions are made and applicants emailed the results

Phase 2 – Selection
The Selection Committee will create a shortlist for the second phase of the application process once all submissions have been entered. The libraries on this list will be asked to submit a full proposal with the following elements:
• The potential benefit to the children in the community;
• A detailed budget;
• The level of need in the community;
• Access to funding by other organizations;
• The relevance to literacy through the promotion of the love of reading.
• The planned project should focus on sustainability with a long-term impact rather than a short-term effect.

Phase 3 – Final Results
Applicants are notified of the results by email. Grant recipients will be issued a cheque.

If you wish to donate to the Sarah Badgley fund in its support for rural library services, please send your donation to the Ontario Library Association using the secured link:

Or, send a cheque to:
Ontario Library Association
2 Toronto Street, 3rd floor
Toronto, Ontario M5C 2B6
Attention: Sarah Badgley Fund

All donations are tax-deductible.

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