About Our Grants

Questions about the 2019-2020 VLF grants? Contact Vic Sanborn at vjgerkenssanborn (at) gmail (dot) com to send questions or arrange for a phone appointment.

Since 1987, the Virginia Literacy Foundation (VLF) has funded an average of 25-30 community-based and faith-based adult literacy programs each year with matching grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Programs that have been steadily funded by the VLF collectively serve over 10,000 adults annually, using approximately 5,000 volunteers.

At the end of January, the VLF announces the availability of matching grants proposals, which adult literacy organizations are encouraged to use to strengthen their organizations and enhance their capacity to serve adult students through community partnerships and collaborations.

Funds may be used for increasing regional capacity to serve adults, workforce instruction, and adult caregivers in family literacy instruction. The VLF is one of the few funders to support staff salaries, as long as the grant’s outcomes and impacts are tied directly to adult learning. The most current details about our grants, forms, and mailing instructions will sit on the sidebar of this page as soon as RFPs are announced at the end of January. Click on the links to download the information.

Organizations that are eligible for VLF grants must be 501 (c) 3 organizations that are located in Virginia and that work with nonprofit staff, volunteers, and an active Board of Directors. Starting in 2019, grant proposals must be collaborative and work towards collective impact.

Our matching grants are offered in categories that are tied to the number of adult literacy students a program serves with a minimum of 12 hours of yearly instruction.

about our grants