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Grants Update: March 4, 2008

Grants Encourage Civic Involvement

Motorola Abraham Lincoln Grants Program
The Motorola Foundation, in partnership with the Chicago History Museum, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth through the Motorola Abraham Lincoln Grants Program. The program will provide grants to projects developed by U.S. civic, educational, and cultural organizations that actively engage the public in the lessons from Lincoln’s life. Funded projects should focus on one of the following three themes: bringing history into the future, engaging in current events, or leadership skills. Eligible applicants include schools and school systems; community organizations; arts and culture organizations; museums; universities; and, other nonprofit organizations with programming on diversity, freedom, history, and leadership. The application deadlines are March 30 and July 30, 2008. Online applications must be submitted through the website listed above.

Company Community Programs Supported

Target Local Store Grants
The Target Local Store Grants support nonprofit organizations in the communities throughout the country where the company’s stores are located. The Target grant program focuses on three areas: Arts, Early Childhood Reading, and Family Violence Prevention. Arts grants are awarded to programs that bring the arts to schools or make the arts accessible to children and families, such as school touring programs or field trips to the theater or symphony. Early Childhood Reading grants support programs that foster a love of reading and encourage children, from birth through age 9, to read together with their families, such as weekend book clubs and after-school reading programs. Family Violence Prevention grants support programs that strengthen families and communities by keeping them safe, such as parenting classes and family counseling. Applications may be submitted online from March 1 through May 31, 2008. Visit the website listed above for application guidelines.

Maine Encourages Family Literacy
Applications are available for the Maine Family Literacy Initiative, a program of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Dollars Generally Support Disaster-Affected Libraries
In collaboration with the American Library Association, the American Association of School Libraries, and the National Education Association, Dollar General provides support to public school libraries in the company’s communities through the Beyond Words program.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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