Grants of up to $10,000 to USA and territories PreK-12 school libraries to provide books to disadvantaged youth. Funding is intended to ensure that school libraries are still offering children good books to read. Applications must be connected to a specific project at a specific school.
Money from Snapdragon Book Foundation may always be used for:
Books that will be used repeatedly by school-aged children through classroom libraries, central library (or something similar)
Processing or cataloguing fees from book vendors (for processing of the books ordered in conjunction with your Snapdragon project)
School libraries serving children PreK through 12 are eligible. Any school library that serves disadvantaged youth may apply. Grants will be awarded to public, private, and experimental schools.
You can also submit a single application on behalf of a district, if you are the person responsible for overseeing the libraries at several schools, as is often the case with smaller districts.
Snapdragon does not fund the purchase of any of the following; project proposals should not request funding for:
- Books for students to keep permanently
- Author visits
- Staff hours or professional development books for teachers (including “Novel Study” guides about fiction texts, or books on literacy development, etc.)
- Refreshments, space or furniture rentals (event space)
- Shelving, tables, chairs or other furniture, seating area
- Computers, eBooks, eReaders, iPads, software
- Audio/visual equipment, including audio books, headsets, projectors, DVDs
- Subscriptions to online databases
- Accelerated Reader subscriptions or quizzes
- Destiny Follett Library Automation Software (or similar), barcode reader, etc.
- Arts, crafts, posters, or other decorative items
- “Hands-on” materials like science experiment kits, etc.
- Test-Prep books for SAT, ACT or other entrance exams
The application will be posted each November.
Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, February 11, 2024.
The winners will be notified by email in May and checks will be mailed to the schools in May-June. A list of the winners will appear on the website.
In August, Snapdragon announces one more lucky school as a “Next Up” winner and assists the school in a month-long campaign to raise funds specifically for their project.
During September and throughout the school year, Snapdragon board members will schedule visits to awarded schools.