Believe in Reading is funded by The Steve and Loree Potash Family Foundation. "Illiteracy has become such a serious problem in our country that 44 million adults are now unable to read a simple story to their children." Believe in Reading funds excellent programs dedicated to the teaching and encouragement of reading for all ages anywhere in the world.
Believe in Reading’s grants are renewable for up to three years, but a first year award does not guarantee any subsequent awards. At this time, the maximum grant amount is $10,000, new applicants are rarely funded for more than $3,000.
- Believe in Reading awards grants to existing and provably successful literacy programs.
- Believe in Reading awards grants only to organizations that have been designated as having tax exempt status according to the IRS Code Section 501(c)(3), or its equivalent for educational institutions, including public libraries.
- Believe in Reading will consider funding programs that serve any age or aspect of supporting reading and literacy, including adult literacy or English as a second language projects.
- Believe in Reading targets successful literacy programs which serve populations that show out of the ordinary needs, such as geographic areas with low reading scores and high poverty levels.