The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy – $40,000 to $65,000

Application deadline: Early September – see website for specific date. Awards are made annually. The Barbara Bush Foundation funds family literacy programs designed to break the inter-generational cycle of illiteracy by fostering the development of literacy skills for adult primary care givers and their children. Applications are submitted by US Mail and must arrive prior to the application deadline.

Current Funding Opportunities

  • The Barbara Bush Foundation’s grant-making program seeks to develop or expand projects that include clearly stated instructional objectives, such as reading skills gains, GEDs, as well as clearly stated family and life skill objectives; parents reading more to children; families obtaining library cards; increased parental involvement in school; employment; and other indicators.
  • Available to public or nonprofit organizations that have been in existence for two or more years and have operated an instructional literacy program that includes one of the following components for at least 2 years: literacy for adults; parent education; pre-literacy instruction for children pre-k to grade 3; intergenerational literacy activities.
  • Maximum grant award is $65,000
  • Applicants must download the current application guidelines and forms from the program website. Forms must be completed and two copies must be sent by US Mail to the address indicated on the forms. An application checklist is provided to help organizations complete each aspect of the application.
  • The application package must be received by the close of business on the deadline date – generally in early September.

Recent Awards

  • The Hudson Family Literacy Program (Hudson, NY) awarded $65,000 to provide 30 families living in a high poverty area with literacy activities to improve reading and writing skills. These families will be afforded transportation, library visits, story hours, music, cooking, and home visits, in addition to the classroom activities for both adults and children.
  • Mercer Street Friends (Trenton, NJ) awarded $40,000 to address the literacy needs in Trenton’s West Ward, one of the city’s highest poverty neighborhoods. This project will identify and serve 20 or more low income, primarily African American, and female-headed families with children.
Contact Number: (202) 955-6183