Winners of Litera-Seeds mini-grants announced

Excitement is in the air, as 20 organizations spanning 11 states receive $500 mini-grants this month to spur family engagement in their communities. Winning organizations will execute innovative educator-led programs and events that emphasize and promote intergenerational participation and learning. The recipients of the mini-grants, funded by Toyota, include programs in family literacy, early childhood, and transitional education organizations; elementary, middle, and high schools; libraries; and nonprofits/community organizations.

The 20 mini-grant winners are serving a diverse set of more than 2300 families in need of literacy and education services from urban and rural areas in 11 states (Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Rhode Island).

The winning organizations are:

  • Americana Community Center (Louisville, KY)
  • Arab American Action Network (Chicago, IL)
  • Caldwell County Family Literacy Program (Lenoir, NC)
  • Chinese Mutual Aid Association (Chicago, IL)
  • Community Education Outreach (Lakewood, CO)
  • Esperanza Elementary/ Korematsu Discovery Academy (Oakland, CA)
  • FINdings Art Center (San Pedro, CA)
  • Louisville Central Community Center, Inc. (Louisville, KY)
  • Long Beach Family Literacy (Long Beach, CA)
  • Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library (Shirley, NY)
  • Monroe Local Schools (Monroe, OH)
  • Newnan High School (Newnan, GA)
  • Oakland Family Literacy Program (Oakland, CA)
  • Ounce of Prevention Fund (Chicago, IL)
  • Paisley IB Magnet School (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • Providence Public Library (Providence, RI)
  • Southwest Elementary School (Durham, NC)
  • Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning (Denver, CO)
  • United Methodist Cooperative Ministries/ Suncoast, Inc (Largo, FL)
  • Walter Turnbow Elementary (Springdale, AR)

Check back later this spring to learn how these organizations are leading family engagement efforts.