Since our founding in 1966, RIF has fostered local partnerships to bring books and literacy materials to children in under-resourced communities to create a culture of literacy and foster opportunities for children to read, learn, and grow. RIF is committed to providing high-quality, diverse books in print and digital formats that provide opportunities for children to see themselves represented in the books they read and extend their worldview through diverse characters and experiences. Our matching grant program enables local literacy partners to double their impact by partnering with RIF to drive reading outcomes for children in their community. Through our matching grant program, RIF matches 100% of local dollars to bring books and literacy resources to children that need them most. The matching grant program empowers local innovation and long-term sustainability to create collective impact centered on providing critical access to diverse books and literacy resources. All educational institutions and youth-serving organizations are eligible to apply.
RIF’s 2024 Matching Grant program will accept applications for three RIF programs: Books for Ownership, Read for Success, and Skybrary. To learn more about the program options, visit Our Solutions page.
RIF’s matching grant program maximizes your impact by doubling your dollars through RIF’s support. The grant program can benefit your organization from two different perspectives:
This year, applications will be accepted for any of RIF’s three programs: Books for Ownership, Read for Success, or Skybrary. You can only apply for funding to support one of the programs. Details and costs for each program are listed below. Please contact our team at LiteracyNetwork@RIF.org if you need help identifying the best program to fit your needs.
RIF Matching Grant 2024 Information Webinar
Books for Ownership
Books for Ownership, Reading Is Fundamental’s (RIF) flagship reading program, is grounded in choice, access, and engagement. It enables children to select new, age-appropriate books to take home and own and is supported by resources for educators, families, and volunteers to create a continuous focus on reading. The matching grant award provides grantees with books for them to distribute to the children they serve to take home and own, building home libraries and creating a culture of literacy.
Read for Success
Read for Success is an interactive supplemental read-aloud program that uses high-quality, diverse, interdisciplinary books with evidence-based strategies and activities to engage children in the reading experience and encourage a passion for reading. Read for Success also provides books for students to build home libraries and is aligned with RIF’s philosophy that having access to books combined with an increased interest in reading can improve reading proficiency. When applying for the Read for Success grant, please note that a single Read for Success program provides resources to support up to 25 students with 6 books to take home and own, a student journal, and a tote bag. Program facilitators will also receive a collection of 15 read-aloud titles, a program guide with extension activities tied to the read-aloud books, and professional development resources
Skybrary for schools is a web-based digital library for K-3 students featuring hundreds of eBooks across multiple subject areas, each with optional narration; real-world video field trips; standards-aligned lessons; and easy-to-use teacher management tools. It combines several key components that help children develop their literacy skills: high-interest books, read-to-me features, and encouragement for independent reading. When applying for the Skybrary grant, please note that a single Skybrary classroom subscription can provide access to the service for up to 35 students.
If you still have questions about the service, please reach out to Skybrary@RIF.org
Eligible applicants include school districts, individual schools, public libraries, community-based organizations, civic organizations, and other youth-serving entities that serve children in the United States from birth through grade 12.
If awarded a RIF Matching Grant, you commit to the following:
Grant Budget Calculation
The grant program requires local matching funds equal to the grant amount requested from RIF. Grantees will be invoiced for the local matching funds and payment for the match must be sent to RIF before receiving the program resources. See the details below for the costs associated with each program.
Award Evaluation Criteria
The purpose of RIF’s matching grant program is to foster local partnerships to bring books and literacy materials to children in under-resourced communities to create a culture of literacy and foster opportunities for children to read, learn, and grow. RIF is committed to providing high-quality, diverse books in print and digital formats that provide opportunities for children to see themselves represented in the books they read and extend their worldview through diverse characters and experiences. RIF seeks to prioritize grant requests that will provide resources to children and communities that need them most. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of RIF staff and evaluated based on the following criteria:
|January 29, 2024
|RIF Matching Grant Application Opens
|February 1, 2024
|RIF Matching Grant Informational Webinar (Register here)
|February 29, 2024
|RIF Matching Grant Application Closes
|March 25, 2024
|RIF Matching Grant Awards Announced
|March 28, 2024
|RIF Matching Grant Program Awardee Webinar
|April 12, 2024
|Signed Award Letter Due to RIF from Grantees
|May 1, 2024
|Payment and Administrative Documents Due to RIF from Grantees
|May 1, 2024
|Program Implementation Begins
|March 31, 2025
|Grantee Must Complete Program Activities
|April 25, 2025
|Program Activity Reporting Must be Completed by Grantee
Preview RIF’s Current Book Inventory
Want to check out our student book inventory in the RIF online Bookstore and make sure it fits your needs before applying for the Books for Ownership or Read for Success program? Log into RIF’s bookstore to explore the variety of titles offered for children birth through Grade 12. Please note that the inventory is subject to change and titles are not guaranteed.
RIF is currently accepting applications for the 2024 Matching Grant Program.