Read by 4th Innovation Fund Updates

Congratulations to our first-round grantees!

Read by 4th and the Free Library of Philadelphia are pleased to announce the first-round grantees funded by the Knight Foundation in support of Catalyzing Community Creativity and Innovation.

Five projects were chosen from a pool of seventeen applications by a selection committee that included representatives from the Free Library of Philadelphia, Maternity Care Coalition, Nurse Family Partnership and the Mabel Morris Home Visiting Program, the City of Philadelphia, PARENT POWER, and the School District of Philadelphia. The selected proposals were chosen for their potential to help the campaign reach new audiences, test creative new approaches, and/or create resources that other campaign partners will be able to use. The size of the mini-grants ranged from $1,500 to $7,500.

The selected projects include:

  • Early Literacy Instructional Videos from the AIM Institute. The AIM Institute will develop a series of instructional videos to be shared with School District of Philadelphia teachers during the Summer 2018 Early Literacy Institute. Afterwards, videos will be made freely available to the District and Read by 4th partner network.
  • FathersRead365 will expand the reach of their “Literacy POP UP!” where students will receive Dad Bags with their book I’m Beautiful I’m Proud along with four books provided by Philadelphia READS and Treehouse Books for their home libraries. FathersRead365’s project also included hosting a literacy conference in April to engage fathers and other community members and producing promotional materials to support their outreach.
  • Creating Action Plans for At-Home Reading: Professional Development Workshops from Springboard Collaborative. In their first selected project Springboard Collaborative will provide three professional development sessions open to Philadelphia teachers. These trainings will equip attendees to create action plans for at-home reading, as well as helping teachers integrate the Springboard approach into their everyday teaching practice. Afterwards, handouts will be made available to Read by 4th so they can be made available campaign partners.
  • Reading Captain Family Workshops from Springboard Collaborative. In their second selected project, Springboard Collaborative will support four Reading Captains who will each host a series of five workshops for families on their blocks. At the end of the summer, Springboard Collaborative will provide copies of workshop materials to Read by 4th for sharing with other Reading Captains and members of the Read by 4th partner network.
  • “How to Build a School Library” Resource Kit from WePAC. WePAC will develop a “How to Build a School Library” resource kit to be shared with organizations throughout the city working to renovate and reopen school libraries. The kit will draw on WePAC’s expertise in library renovation and reopening to provide actionable lists on key tasks. WePAC will also provide how-to materials related to volunteer recruitment, engagement, management, and satisfying necessary clearance requirements.

Join us in congratulating these organizations for their great proposals, and for being selected for this first round of grant funding!