Literacy Grants Program Project Eligibility & Requirements

Key Dates

Online applications will be accepted October 17 - December 9, 2016. Awards will be announced in Spring 2017. (Recipients will be notified by email). Visit Reading is The way up in Spring of 2017 to see a list of recipients.

Use of Funds

Funds are to used to enhance the curriculum and actively engage students in meaningful learning experiences. Grants may be used to purchase books, videos, CDs, DVDs, computer software and hardware, and any other educational resources to be owned, used, and distributed to a K-12 school in California, Nevada, New York, Tennessee and Georgia. Grant checks will be made payable to the school and designated for the stated use in the application.

Funds must be expended by December 31, 2017 and projects must be completed by the end of the 2017 school year.

Eligibility and Requirements

Teachers may apply individually for grants of up to $500, or collaborate with other teachers in their school and submit a joint application. Individual teachers may not apply for multiple grants and cannot be involved with multiple teams. Please note the following requirements:

The school principal or administrator must understand and fully support the project, as evidenced by signing the statement of support on the application form and final grant agreement.

Project goals and learning objectives are clearly defined and tied to students' academic needs. The expected impact on student performance is described for all participants.

If a field trip is involved, well-planned pre and post-trip activities are connected to classroom learning objectives.

Teachers, librarians, school media specialists, and administrators may apply if they work fulltime at K-12 schools in the following 16 counties of California, Nevada, and New York:

  • Alameda County
  • Carson City County
  • Clark County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Douglas County
  • Los Angeles County
  • Orange County
  • Riverside County
  • San Bernardino County
  • San Diego County
  • San Francisco County
  • San Mateo County
  • Santa Clara County
  • Ventura County
  • Washoe County
  • New York

And the following cities:

  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Nashville, Tennessee

To ensure that grants are distributed to a wide range of geographically diverse schools across targeted districts, multiple grants are not likely to be awarded to the same school. However, applicants may apply individually or as part of a team. Teams must be from the same school.

Review and Award Process

A committee comprising of City National Bank colleagues will review all applications. Geographic distribution and Title 1 status of recipients may be considered.

Reporting Requirements

Final reports are not required but are encouraged. We would like to hear about the student's accomplishments and how the grants were implemented.

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