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 and 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.
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 for 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.
Those who apply for a Refuel Grant have been operating their book bus programs for at least two years and are seeking funding to help with their summer 2023 expenses. (Please note: If you were awarded a Refuel Grant in 2022, you are not eligible to reapply until 2024.) To learn more about the 2022 grant requirements, go here. (The application is currently closed and will open in Spring 2023.)
Those who apply for an Accelerate Grant are seeking funding to launch a new Book Bus no later than summer 2024. To learn more about the 2023 grant requirements, go here. (The application is currently closed and will open in Spring 2023.)
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.
- Let’s Get Rolling: Book Bus Handbook: Click here to download.