Grants Available

It is that time of year again.  The Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition (NWILC) is once again offering six $200  honorary mini-grants that will provide seed money to enhance, improve, or develop programs or projects that advance literacy for residents of Jasper, Knox, Lake, La Porte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski or Starke County, no matter their age.

The Ken Woodruff Honorary Mini-Grant will fund Pre-Kā€”Grade 12 initiatives and the Sharon Ball Honorary Mini-Grant will support initiatives serving adult (ages 18 years or older).

These mini-grants are intended to be a simple way to support literacy initiatives that fill specific needs and produce specific outcomes within a one-year timeframe.

Any person or group working in education or a non-profit organization may apply given that the following specifications are met:


  • Initiative must benefit residents in designated NWI Counties.
  • Initiative must foster literacy development, address a specific need, and have specific literacy outcomes.
  • Initiative must begin and end in one calendar year.
  • Application must be completed in full and received no later than December 2, 2019.
  • If submitted electronically, the file must be one of the following extension formats: .docx, .doc, .odt, .txt, or .pdf.
  • Winning applicant must accept delivery of award in person at site of literacy program or project and have a photo of acceptance taken.
  • Winning applicant must provide NWILC Grant committee proof of expenditures.
  • Winning applicant must acknowledge this grant in any communication about project.

If you wish to apply but have extenuating circumstances which may disqualify your project/program, email in advance demonstrating these circumstances prior to your submission of proposal.

Applications must be received by NWILC no later than December 2, 2019.

Download the guidelines.