Many schools and programs have had success in winning grants to purchase Tales2go audiobook subscriptions.
A follow-up to this post was released in October 2021. Click here to jump there.
When applying for grants, be sure to include in your application that Tales2go:
- provides streaming audiobooks for students and staff, using existing network connections in your school or community center.
- offers thousands of titles at a variety of reading and listening comprehension level.
- supports existing initiatives to increase literacy skills by increasing phonemic awareness and promoting a love of literature among otherwise reluctant readers.
- is an integral tool for students who are not reading on grade level by third grade-a group statistically more likely to drop out of school before high school graduation than their peers.
- is compatible with existing mobile technology being used in schools, such as iPads and Chromebooks.
- provides access in a different format than print, which benefits those with print-based disabilities.
- enables families or teams of teachers to share literature on many mobile devices with each subscription, fostering collaboration and discussion.
You will also need to:
- Know your Tax ID number. Your school or district will have one.
- Know your student population (i.e. how many students receive free/reduced lunch, and what is the student ethnicity breakdown)
- Think about how much money are you applying for. Contact Tales2go (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information about pricing. Do you also need money for mobile devices or headphones?
- Think about your goal within your classroom or school (to raise test scores, to improve reading comprehension...)
For more information on grants for your school, consider:
A Trove of Resources to Help You Get an Audiobook Grant (by Mary Burkey at the Booklist Reader) lists several sites that want to give you money to fund your audiobook collection.
eSchool News continually updates their site with small and large grants for educators looking for money to pay for services, programs, materials and more. You may have success with the "digital learning" grants.
The School Library Journal lists grants and scholarships for the library that are due in the Spring of 2017. Some require making a video, while others are essays or short answer questions.
Dreambox Learning has put together a list on how to secure money for Math, EdTech, and Professional Development. They have a list of multiple organizations and foundations that can help you find grants to secure money for your Tales2go subscription!
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. (currently closed as of 3/8/17.)
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.
GoGetFunding is one of the world's leading crowdfunding/fundraising sites. Create a page for a cause, event or project for your school or classroom.
The From Failure to Promise K12 Educator's Grant encourages educators to apply for a $500 mini-grant to motivate, energize and catapult your K12 students. ($500 could buy you a Library License OR two clasroom licenses on Tales2go.)
The Kids in Need Foundation sponsors teacher grants. (currently closed as of 3/8/7.)
Voya Unsung Heroes grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year, educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue.
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning. (Apply January-April)
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation created a funding initiative called Minigrants, through which awards of $500 are given to public schools and public libraries for projects that foster creative expression, working together and interaction with a diverse community. (Apply September-April)