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PRIME TIME Family Grant

Grants and In-Kind Book Donations and Training to Louisiana
Organizations, Schools, and Libraries for Family Literacy Programs

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Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities - PRIME TIME

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Grants of up to $1,000 and in-kind book donations and training to Louisiana community-based agencies, schools, museums, libraries, and churches to engage children and families in a reading and discussion program. This program uses strategies that promote family bonding through the use of literature.

The program targets families with children 3-10 years old. The program is designed to facilitate 10-25 families per program. Program sessions are 90 minutes long once a week in the evenings for six consecutive weeks. Each evening session includes a free meal for all participants, books given to families, and a lively open-ended discussion based on award-winning children’s literature. 

Programs require four team members to implement the program. Applicants should submit names, addresses, and contact information of preferred team members (See “Team Building” in Application Preparation). Final team selection is finalized post-grant by program supervisors.

A storyteller reads a children’s books and the discussion leader, guides the group to personally connect with literature through open-ended questioning. The program models strategies for continued family bonding through literature, and provides families critical information for continued reading. The format is an interactive storytelling and group discussion that takes place in one 90-minute session per week for 6 weeks.

A site team is made up of four team members:

  • Program Coordinator – selected by site applicant to organize the program
  • Scholar – Selected by PRIME TIME to lead a discussion
  • Storyteller – Selected by PRIME TIME to read stories
  • Preschool Assistant – Selected by site applicant to lead preschool activities when necessary

The program support stipend funds may be used for purchase or acquisition of items that will be directly utilized or consumed during the program or by program participants. They are as follows:

  • Food – weekly meals and meal service
  • Door Prizes – participant door prizes
  • Transportation – participant transportation
  • Preschool Centers – preschool center materials
  • Supplies – program supplies and materials
  • Book Shipping – book shipping

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179966

Estimated Size of Grant:

Louisiana-based sites will receive materials, training, and a stipend to implement on PRIME TIME Family Reading program at their site. Accepted programs receive a set of 6-12 books for each family in the program. Program Coordinators and Preschool Facilitators, Scholars, and Storytellers receive training and program manuals on the PRIME TIME methodology (See “Training” in Application Preparation). Sites receive a kit with the necessary materials to publicize their program. Program site receives a $1,000 stipend to provide meals and door prizes to participants. All four team members are also compensated with a stipend at the close of the programs.

Each partner site will receive a set of children’s literature for storytelling and discussion during program sessions. Each set will consist of 17 copies of each title

Term of Contract:

Spring sites choose any six consecutive weeks between February 18 – June 30. Fall sites can choose six consecutive weeks between August 18 – December 30. Programs take place in the evenings between 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Schools, libraries, museums, churches, and other community-based agencies. Priority is given to agencies targeting educational and economically vulnerable populations.
- Applicants must have a valid EIN# to apply.
- If you have previously applied for a PRIME TIME grant, email to determine whether an account has already been established for your organization.
- Applicants must provide valid contact information for teams. PRIME TIME managers will contact teams over holidays and Summer breaks. If we are not able to contact team members during these times, the program grant may be revoked.
- First-time applicants should allow for planning time between team member training workshops and their chosen program start date. - First-time team members must complete mandatory training day by the start date of their program.
- Program Coordinator training is an online module that takes 2-3 hours to complete. Scholar, Storyteller and Preschool Facilitator training is eight hours long and takes place on a Saturday at the main office in New Orleans. This training is available bi-annually, with one training in mid-July, and another in mid-January.
- Team members should only register for training when invited to do so by the PRIME TIME staff.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant application deadlines:
- Spring: October 15 for programs beginning between February 18 and May 15
- Fall: April 15 for programs beginning between August 18 and November 15

First-time program coordinators should allow for planning time between team member training workshops and their chosen program start date.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, contact:

938 Lafayette Street, Suite 300
New Orleans, LA 70113
Fax 504.529.2358

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