Eligibility and how to sign-up

How do I begin an application for the Literacy Fund grant?

Register at: grant-application.loveofreading.org. Please keep the member confirmation email that you receive after successful registration. This email is a record of your login details for future use and safe keeping, including your school username and password.

Note: Applications that are printed or handwritten, and then mailed/faxed to the Foundation will not be accepted for review.

Do I have to apply online?

Yes. All submissions must be made electronically through the online application at grant-application.loveofreading.org.

What is the deadline for the application?

All 2020 Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant applications are to be submitted through the online application portal by February 14, 2020, 11:59 p.m. EST.

No handwritten, mailed or faxed grant applications will be accepted for review.

Are federally funded schools able to apply for the grant?

Yes, we accept applications from both federally and provincially funded schools.

What is the eligibility for the grant?

To be considered for the 2020 Indigo Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant, schools must be a publicly funded high-needs elementary school that serves students in at least one of the following grades: Junior Kindergarten, Senior Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8.

If your school does not have students in those Grades or is not publicly funded, your school is not eligible for a grant.

What if our school serves students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 (or a combination of these Grades)?

Likewise, if your school serves some ineligible Grades (e.g. Grades 9 through 12) in addition to eligible Grades (e.g. Grades JK through 8), you are still eligible for the grant. Successful recipient schools will be granted support based on the number of students in eligible Grades only.

Where are some tips and suggestions for completing the application?

Click here to read the tips and suggestions for completing the grant application.

What if my school does not serve Junior Kindergarten through Grade Eight students?

If your school does not serve any of the eligible Grades (e.g. Grades JK through 8), your school is not eligible.

Are daycare or non-profit organizations that support schools eligible?

We recognize the importance of the work that daycares and organizations dedicated to literacy do to support children across the country. However, daycare and non-profit organizations are not eligible for a grant.

My school received a Literacy Fund grant many years ago when we had a different principal. Can we receive the grant again?

Unfortunately, no. At this time, schools can only receive a Literacy Fund grant once.

How the grant works

What can a school use the grant money to support?

All Literacy Fund grants are to be used to update school and classroom libraries with new books. The grant cannot be used to pay for salaries, capital investments (playgrounds, building additional rooms, etc.) or textbooks.

How does the grant work?

Recipient schools are part of the grant program for three years. 90% of the funding is set up as a corporate account to buy books from Indigo Books & Music Inc. at a 30% discount.

10% of the funding is given in the form of a cheque to fund special literacy events or initiatives that stir the imagination of the students in a way that will help inspire a love of reading.

How many schools receive a grant each year?

The number of grantees is determined based on the number of applicants, the funds available for granting and the quality of the applications. In 2019, 30 schools received an Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund grant.

How many schools receive a grant in each province?

Each year, the number of grants per province varies based on the number of applications we receive from each province and the quality of the applications.

If a school in my community has already been announced as a grant recipient, does that mean we won’t be considered?

All applications are reviewed and considered individually.  We encourage all schools to apply without regard to whether a school in their community has received a grant recently.

The grant, however, is not open to schools who have previously been awarded the Love of Reading Literacy Fund grant.

The online application

Is the form secure given the sensitive nature of the information?

The platform is continuously maintained with the latest security features.

How do I see all of the questions at once?

To view the complete list of the Literacy Fund grant application questions, please download the application worksheet.

Please note: This worksheet cannot be uploaded to the online portal, nor emailed to us as an official application. All responses must be entered directly into the online application form.

Can I save and come back to the application later?

Yes. Entered data is automatically saved and retrieved upon log in.

Can I share my school login with other literacy team members to add content to the application?

Yes, this login can be shared to allow your entire literacy team to participate in the application process. Please note, however, that only one team member can be logged in at a time.

What is the best source of data information for Section A: Demographic Criteria?

Information from the 2016 census will automatically populate in the demographic section of the grant application based on your school’s postal code. If you do not feel that this information is an accurate reflection of your student population, please indicate the accurate information in the designated field(s). Consider consulting your ministry or school board, the Early or Middle Years Development Instrument, local health & social surveys or indices, or student information forms to obtain this supporting demographic information.

I forgot my password. How can I retrieve it?

Visit grant-application.loveofreading.org and click the Forgot Password button on the Create an Account / Login page. This will send your member email an updated password and link to login. You can change your password in My Account on the Profile page.

Can I edit the form after submission?

No. The submission is final. Once submitted, the form can no longer be edited. You can, however, save as you go to take the time you need prior to submission.

What do we do if we submit the application by accident before it is complete?

If you have accidentally submitted an incomplete application, email the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation team: LORLiteracyfund@indigo.ca.

I want to upload a video for my school’s creative project. What video formats are accepted? 

You can upload your video in one of the following formats: WMV (Windows Media Video); MOV (Apple QuickTime Movie) or MP4 (Moving Pictures Expert Group 4).

My creative project is too large to upload to the grant application portal. What do I do?

If your creative content is too large to upload to the grant application portal, consider uploading your content to an online file storage service (such as Google Drive), pasting the link to that file in a Word document, and then uploading that document to the application portal. If you elect to use an online file storage service, we cannot take responsibility for ensuring that such a service keeps your information private.

Community Involvement

What are the creative projects?

The creative project allows schools and literacy teams to highlight their commitment to literacy outside the application statistics and questions.

There are two options for this mandatory creative project:

  • A video that captures the values of your school and its commitment to literacy. As a suggestion, it can include interviews with members of your community; such as teachers, librarians, parents, and students (a maximum length of 5 minutes); OR
  • Letters from teachers, librarians and students that share the impact of the library (a maximum of five letters). These letters should give us an impression of what life is like at your school, why your school library needs additional funding, and how you would effectively use additional funds to improve literacy among your students.

Can I send the creative project pieces to the Foundation office?

No. Only uploaded creative projects will be considered. No mailed creative projects will be reviewed as part of that school’s application.

Can I select a different original creative project?

No. Only the two listed projects will be reviewed as the creative project for the application.