Literacy Opportunity Fund

Access funding to support your general operations.

Grant Information

Grants through our Literacy Opportunity Fund help US-based nonprofit organizations do their work in transforming lives through adult literacy.

We award grants up to $6,000 to literacy organizations of all types and sizes that are doing direct work with adult students. Apply for a grant to fund your organization’s general operating expenses, such as salaries or teacher stipends, supplies or equipment, space rental, and more. Or, apply for a Literacy Opportunity award to fund a particular project, event, or new programming development.

Generously funded by the Nora Roberts Foundation.

This application will open one month before the submission deadlines listed below.

What you need to know to apply.

We award grants four times a year. Apply by one of these deadlines to be considered:

  • January 3
  • April 1
  • July 1
  • October 1

We send award notifications by email eight (8) weeks after the submission deadline.

To be eligible for this grant, your organization must:

  • be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit
    • state tax exemptions do not fulfill this requirement
  • have an Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • provide literacy services directly to students
    • book distributions and lending libraries are not funded projects
  • be located within the United States
  • not have already received a Literacy Opportunity Fund grant this calendar year


We send award notifications by email approximately 8 weeks after the submission deadline.

Our Literacy Opportunity Fund grants are awarded up to $6,000.

Grants can be used to support general operating expenses. General operating expenses might include salaries, technology, supplies, teacher stipends, equipment, space rental, etc. Your application may also focus on a particular project, event, or new programming effort.

At minimum, the summary of your request should include the kind of literacy services your program provides, who your literacy program serves, and how your program will use the grant.

Yes! If eligible, your organization may apply to one or more of our three grant opportunities. Each of our funds—Literacy Opportunity Fund, National Book Fund, and Mobile Learning Fund—has a separate application with different requirements and deadlines, so be sure to follow the application guidelines for each.

Yes. In the application, please describe your organization as well as its relationship to the applying 501(c)(3) organization.

Only organizations within the US may apply to the Literacy Opportunity Fund. However, our international membership program may provide benefits applicable to your organization. Find out more here.

If you have more questions, please contact the grants administrator at [email protected].

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