Low-income LEAs can apply for funds. The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program at the U.S. Department of Education has nearly $20 million for up to 100 awards. Funds go to local educational agencies with at least 20 percent of their students living in families with incomes below the poverty line.
The goal is to improve student reading skills and academic achievement by providing students with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained professionally certified school library media specialists.
Programs that are comprehensive and aligned with a school or district improvement plan receive preference. For more information, go to: http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2007-1/021607g.html
or contact Miriam Lund at Miriam.Lund@ed.gov
for more information.