Book Bus Grants– Application Available Late Spring 2022

Through our Book Bus program, we partner with school systems and fellow nonprofits to create mobile libraries that provide children and families with access to high-quality resources. Our role is to amplify the Book Bus program by providing our grantees with financial assistance, best practices for launching the bus, engaging the community and connecting book bus operators from across the state. If you are interested in launching a Book Bus in your community, please see below for more information on our grant process and a best practices handbook for implementing a Book Bus.


Grant Opportunities

Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation offers two different grants to support book buses. The Refuel Grant is ‘geared’ for buses that have been serving Tennessee families at least two years. The Accelerate Grant is ‘geared’ for brand new bus programs. Please click on the links below for more information on both grant opportunities.

Grant awards in support of book bus programs for Summer 2022 have already been awarded. The application to apply for book bus awards for Summer 2023 will open in late Spring 2022.

Refuel Grant

Click here to review the 2021 Refuel Grant application.  (Note: If your book bus was established in 2019 and was unable to operate in 2020 due to COVID-19, you are still eligible to apply.)

Accelerate Grant

Click here to review the 2021 Accelerate Grant application.


Best Practices Handbook

The below guide outlines the process and questions to consider for launching a Book Bus with suggested steps and timeline for engaging your school system and initiating community partnerships. In expanding this program, we do have branding guidelines and requirements for marketing and reporting. Guidelines and requirements will be outlined in a grant agreement and signed by the school system upon partnership execution. The local school system will be held responsible for retrofitting the bus and coordinating with school staff and other local partners.