Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries: Grants for Early Childhood Education

OVERVIEW: The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is a restricted fund of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and is solely focused on grants to school-based libraries.

IP TAKE: The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries supports school libraries, including those at early childhood centers, in the United States. Recent funding has prioritized libraries that have sustained damages in hurricanes and wildfires. This funder runs on open, ongoing application process through its online portal.

PROFILE: Established in 2002, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries is a restricted fund of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Per the former first lady’s former profession as a school librarian, this foundation invests in “our Nation’s neediest schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning.”

The foundation's recent funding has been directed at schools that sustained damage in the hurricanes and California wildfires of 2017, but past grantees include libraries at early childhood education centers, including the Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center in Austin, Texas and the Thomas Emanuel Early Children's Center at P.S. 28 in Corona, New York.

Laura Bush Foundation grants generally range from $10,000 to $75,000, with larger grants awarded to libraries that have sustained severe damage in natural disasters. While recent funding has focused on  disaster relief, all schools in the U.S. and its territories, including private, parochial, charter, special education, Native American reservation and detention center schools, are eligible for support. A searchable database of past grantees is available on the foundation's impact page.

This foundation accepts applications through its online portal on a rolling basis, with decisions announced in May of each year.


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