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-K—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.
Mini Grant Applications 2017
Ken Woodruff Mini Grant
Sharon Ball Mini Grant
Mini Grant Winners 2017
Ken Woodruff mini Grants
*Marjorie Potter George Earle School – TheEarly Learning Center, Hobart, IN
*Amber Zdankiewicz of Westville Elementary School – Title 1 Program, Westville, IN
*Shannon Chavis of Joy ElementarySchool – Michigan City, IN
*Lynne Clinkert of Michigan City High School – Freshman Academy, Michigan City, IN
Sharon Ball Mini Grants
*Friends of the Crown Point Adult Learning Center
The Valparaiso Adult Learning Center benefited greatly from the
Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition’s grant opportunity. Two of the
teachers, Sana Mirza and Amy Berube, will be able to broaden the scope
of the reading materials available in their classes. These English As a
Second Language classes have a diverse group of learners from a
plethora of countries throughout the world.
Language instruction is an essential part of assimilating into a new
country. Financial literacy is also an important part of adjusting to a
new culture. Sana and Amy are vital because they teach the most
relevant skills. Here we observe the discussion of ordering and paying
for a meal at a restaurant.
The child care instructors, Carmen Bustos and Ruth Hart, were thrilled
to receive a mini grant from the literacy coalition. NEO recognizes the
importance of lifelong literacy working with both the preschool children
and their parents in the adult education program.
Carmen and Ruth wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving
because they were very thankful to receive this grant.
Marilyn Bernal, teacher of the After School program, shares with her
excited students the news that she will be able to purchase additional
STEM materials for their use at the library.
The After School program is held at the Francesville-Salem Township
Public Library, which celebrated its 100 th anniversary this year. It was
originally a Carnegie Library.
Mini Grant $200.00 winner Sharon Santiago from John Simatovich Elem School in Valporaiso.
Rebecca Gouwens at Timothy Ball Elementary in Crown Point.