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Local nonprofits invited to apply for early literacy mini-grants

Beyond Our Gates funding aims to support new, existing reading programs
Jun 6, 2017

As part of University of the Pacific's Beyond Our Gates campaign, nonprofit organizations in San Joaquin County are invited to apply for mini-grants to expand or pilot promising early literacy programs.

The mini-grants initiative, made possible with support from The James Irvine Foundation, was designed to fuel innovation and engagement toward improving early literacy in and around Stockton. Organizations can apply for one-time mini-grants of $5,000 or $10,000 to fund projects that address overall early literacy, school readiness, chronic absence or summer learning.

Applications must be submitted online by 5 p.m. Friday, July 7. Applications will be scored by a committee of community volunteers and recipients will be announced in September.

Nine early literacy mini-grants were awarded in 2016, the first cycle of Beyond Our Gates funding. Funded projects included a family engagement program that offered free preschool programming to children and their caregivers, book distribution programs that send high-quality children's books to low-income homes, and a summer program in which children will work alongside older siblings or parents to create their own books.

Project outcomes are being compiled into a report of promising strategies for building early reading skills.

For more information, or to apply for 2017 funding, visit

Media contact:
Mike Klocke | Community Relations Director | 209.946.3134 |


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