Long Beach Rotary and its charitable foundation are offering up to $10,000 for creative, teacher-driven literacy projects. Teachers in preschool through third grade, including Special Education, may apply for grants from $500 to $2,500. The application deadline is Feb. 7. Grants will be awarded by the end of March and may be used to purchase books, e-books, teaching aids, training programs or other materials in the 2020-21 school year.
Since 1999, Rotary has held an annual Reading by 9 fundraiser where its members and others donate to the Long Beach Rotary Charitable Foundation to support literacy and the program’s goal to promote grade level reading by age 9. This year about $60,000 was raised. More than $735,000 has been raised since the inception of the program, and Rotary has donated more than 265,000 books and e-books to local literacy efforts.