Matching Grant Categories

about our grantsVirginia Literacy Foundation matching grants are offered in the following tiered categories:

Tier One: All community-based adult literacy organizations that meet minimum eligibility standards may apply for these one-year grants, which encourage overall program growth and strength.

  1. Organizations that served 30-49* adult students in the last full fiscal year are eligible to apply for a one-year, $2,500 matching grant.
  2. Organizations that served 50 + adult students in the last full fiscal year are eligible to apply for a one-year, $5,000 matching grant.

*Please Note: Organizations that served fewer than 30 students (the number of students who received at least 6 hours of literacy instruction during the last full fiscal year) are not eligible to apply for a VLF matching grant. However, they are encouraged to collaborate with other literacy organizations in their region in order to qualify for a matching grant. If you have questions about writing a collaborative grant, contact Victoire Gerkens Sanborn at vjsanbor@vcu.edu or 1-800-237-0178.

Tier Two: These two-year grants will target specific areas for program improvement and are competitive. Organizations applying for these grants, which have stricter requirements, must be able to demonstrate overall program strength and past achievements in using data to drive program improvement. If, after filling out the checklist (Ten Characteristics of Tier Two Programs), you still have a question about whether your organization is eligible to apply for Tier Two grants, please contact Victoire Gerkens Sanborn at vjsanbor@vcu.edu or 1-800-237-0178.

  1. Organizations that served 200-399 adult students (the number of permanently matched students who received at least 6 hours of literacy instruction in the last full fiscal year) are eligible to apply for a $7,500 matching grant per year.
  2. Organizations that served 400+ adult students (the number of permanently matched students who received at least 6 hours of literacy instruction in the last full fiscal year) are eligible to apply for a $10,000 matching grant per year.
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