Best Beginnings is accepting proposals for grants to launch new local Imagination Libraries and expand existing ones.
The Imagination Library mails a brand-new, age-appropriate book each month to every child from birth to age 5 who signs up for the program in their community, regardless of family income. There is no charge to participating families. The Dollywood Foundation manages the system to deliver the books to the home.
“Community” can be defined as a town, village, or an area where a group of people live. Normally, the community raises the money for the books and mailing, promotes the program, registers children, and enters the information into the database.
Best Beginnings is working to expand the Imagination Library throughout Alaska. Currently, 80 communities have the program under 27 local Imagination Libraries. Nearly 17,000 children receive a book in the mail each month.
This Request for Proposals invites communities to apply for matching financial and technical assistance in setting up their programs. Funding awards will be on a competitive basis.
This proposal solicitation is supported financially by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.
Additional information, including a checklist and contact form, is available at www.BestBeginningsAlaska.org. All applications must be received by 5 p.m., March 30.