Before ProLiteracy established the National Book Fund (NBF), literacy programs that couldn't afford to buy books for students and instructors simply did without them. Students shared worn-out books with other students. Instructors used cast-off books, outdated resources, and photocopies during lessons. But today, with the help of NBF, we're changing all that.
In 1995,using only donated funds, the NBF began providing local literacy programs throughout the United States with New Readers Press books and other educational materials.
To date, ProLiteracy has distributed almost 1,500 grant awards totaling more than $2.6 million worth of materials to organizations in 50 states and the District of Columbia.
More than 384,000 adults, youth, and children improved their reading skills as a result of this initiative.
More than 35,000 tutors and literacy volunteers have received the resources they need to provide direct literacy instruction to students.
The NBF funds organizations providing service in the following areas: basic literacy, adult basic education, English as a second language (ESL), and family literacy. New Readers Press, the publishing division of ProLiteracy, provides the books and materials distributed through the NBF.
Grant applications will be available March 1, 2014.