An Exciting New Funding Opportunity!

Read by 4th and the Free Library of Philadelphia have recently been awarded funding from the Knight Foundation in support of Catalyzing Community Creativity and Innovation, an initiative intended to advance early childhood literacy in Philadelphia via capacity-building for Library staff and among the partner networks of Read by 4th.

Much like the Free Library’s Hatching Innovation initiative, funding opportunities will be opened throughout the year for both Free Library staff and Read by 4th campaign partners. Approximately $60,000 funds will be disbursed over three grant cycles.

To propose a project –

For those wishing to submit an idea for funding, applicants are invited to take part in a workshop at the Independence Blue Cross Center for Innovation where facilitators will lead brainstorming sessions to foster creativity and help develop ideas into fully realized projects that will support the goals of Read by 4th. Please note only those attending the design thinking workshop will be invited to submit a proposal.

Our first design thinking workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17th from 9am – 12pm at the IBC Center for Innovation located at 17th and Market. Unable to attend this round? Not to worry as two additional workshops will be scheduled, dates TBD.

Click here to RSVP for the January 17th workshop.

To serve on the selection committee –

Read by 4th partners and Free Library staff are also invited to help review submitted proposals. We expect to have one meeting in mid-February. If you serve on the selection committee for round 1, you will still be eligible to submit proposals in rounds 2 and 3. Contact Abby Thaker if you would like to help.

Project timeline –

Round 1

January 17, 2018: Pre-application workshop

January 17, 2018: Application period begins (check back for link)

February 7, 2018: Applications due by 5:00 PM

February 28, 2018: Applicants notified

March-May 2018: Projects implemented

Round 2

June-October 2018: exact dates TBD

Round 3:

November 2018-March 2019: exact dates TBD