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U.S. Department of Education Announces IAL Grant

The U.S. Department of Education announced their Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grant application for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years.

More information will be forthcoming, but the closing date for these applications will be July 18, 2014.

To learn more about these IAL grant applications please click here and search “Innovative Approaches to Literacy”.

In FY 2014, the IAL program was appropriated at $25 million. By law, at least half of this money ($12.5 million) must be allocated to a competitive grant program for underserved school libraries. The remaining money is allocated to competitive grants for national nonprofit organizations that work to improve childhood literacy.

IAL is the primary source for federal funding for school libraries. Focusing on low income schools, these funds help many schools bring their school libraries up to standers. Obviously this money is not enough to help every school library, but for the ones it does it helps with updating materials, and equipment allowing children from disadvantaged areas have the best opportunities to become college and career ready.

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Jeffrey Kratz

Jeffrey Kratz is a former member of the Washington Office government relations team.

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