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Governor's Early Literacy Foundation (GELF) established a fund for the purpose of providing a grant to county Imagination Library (IL) programs to implement a new or innovative initiative promoting early childhood literacy in their community. This funding is meant to inspire creativity and may be used to support a new fundraising endeavor, enhance an existing initiative, support community engagement efforts, and/or provide partial funding for a new project to engage the community around early literacy. Innovation Fund grants will be awarded in amounts up to $1,000.

Please remember: Each county IL program is eligible for one annual award.  Priority will be given to new projects. County IL programs may apply for an existing initiative provided the requested funding will support a new element of the project that enhances the effectiveness of the project. If your proposal is approved, you will be required to complete the below report outlining outcomes within 30 days the project/event is held and email it to Click the link below to download the application and report template. 

Assistance Funding

If you are struggling with paying your book bill each month and are in a direstressed situation, you can apply for extra GELF Assistance Funding. If approved, GELF will pay an extra portion of your book bill depending on your financial situation. Click on the link below to apply!


What did you do with your Fund for Growth Grant? 
See what events or campaigns other county programs hosted with their Assistance Fund for Growth Grant.


Sullivan County IL

is hosting a Putt Putt for Readers fundraising event at the Putt Putt Course in Bristol, TN. Last year, they hosted a Bunco party, "Rolling for Readers." 


                                    Screen-Shot-2016-06-28-at-12-12-28-PM.pngHardin County IL

hosted a Memorial Day BBQ fundraising event, where participants bought tickets
to redeem smoked pork butt or smoked bologna plate dinners.



                    Grainger County IL         GRAINGER-COUNTY-IMAGINATION-LIBRARY_PPS01-01-2.jpgGRAINGER-COUNTY-IMAGINATION-LIBRARY_PPS01-01-(2).jpg

 created GCIL t-shirts to sell at the Grainger County Tomato Festival in late July and Teacher Inservice Day in August.


               Cumberland County IL Run-to-Read-Flyer-2016-(2).jpg

hosted Run to Read 2016, their 3rd Annual 5K – Mile Walk in March. Participants bought tickets to run in the race, with all proceeds benefitting Cumberland County Imagination Library.