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PRIME TIME Family Reading Time Grant

Program to Louisiana Organizations, Schools,
and Libraries to Promote Family Literacy

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Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities - PRIME TIME

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Program including a $1,000 stipend to Louisiana community-based agencies, schools, museums, libraries, and churches to engage children and families in reading and discussions. This program uses strategies that promote family bonding through the use of literature.

The PRIME TIME Family program grants offers a humanities-focused program designed to engage to 10-25 families and their 3-10 year old children in reading and discussion. A storyteller reads a children’s books and the discussion leader, guides the group to personally connect with literature through open-ended questioning.

The format is an interactive storytelling and group discussion that takes place in one 90-minute session per week for 6 weeks. Programs take place in the evenings between 4:30 - 7:00 PM. Choose a day that works best for your target audience. Sessions take place consecutively over six weeks. If necessary, dates can include one skipped session. Note that scheduling programs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday programs is discouraged due to low attendance.

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.

Award Information:

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 receives training and program manuals on the PRIME TIME methodology.

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.

Book Series:

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. Applicants must choose a book series on the application. Review the PRIME TIME Book Series document to better understand each series and its associated themes and books before making a selection. Participating families will be permitted to keep all books used during the program for their personal home libraries.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179966

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each program has the option to accept a $1,000 program support stipend to implement the program. It is possible to implement the program without accepting the stipend.

Term of Contract:

Programs may begin between February 18 and May 15.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Schools, libraries, museums, churches, and other community-based agencies are eligible.

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 program staff 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.

Pre-Application Information:

-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.

More information about PRIME TIME Book Series may be found here:


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 a eight hours long, and takes place on a Saturday at our 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.

Learn more about PRIME TIME Training Workshops and the training workshop registration process:

Contact Information:

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

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Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 300
New Orleans, LA 70113

P: 504.523.4352
F: 504.529.2358

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Louisiana