The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation provides grants to organizations that serve economically or socially at-risk children. Programs that demonstrate innovation or a unique approach will receive favorable attention in our evaluation. New literacy programs are welcome to apply, as are those with a proven record of effectiveness.
The Foundation is interested in literacy programs that engage children in activities that foster a lifelong love of reading. Programs may introduce or assist pre-school children in the enjoyment of books, or increase school-age children's reading skills. Literacy activities can take a variety of forms and can take place in a variety of environments, including but not limited to classrooms, after-school settings, community centers, libraries or other public spaces, or in the home. Innovative, positive approaches are desired. Programs that demonstrate innovative, positive, or unique approaches are desired.
The Foundation supports programs that have repeated and regular interaction with youth by skilled volunteers or staff who provide stepped programming to advance literacy. The Foundation also recognizes the benefit of two-generation approaches to literacy advancement, wherein parents or other family members, or caregivers are educated in the importance and methods of exposing a child to books and reading.
Grants from the Foundation may go to general program support. The Foundation will also consider funding for a specific purpose that might otherwise not receive attention from other funders.