The Indiana State Literacy Association and International Literacy Association have several awards or grants that members and councils may receive.
ISLA Local Council Honor Program
The Indiana State Literacy Association annually recognizes local councils that organize and conduct well-rounded programs serving the council members, the community, the state/provincial council, and the International Literacy Association. Forms are due in May.
Honor Council Form
This is an example form for you to use. Feel free to make a copy of this an edit as you wish. You could also use some of the wordage and make it into any other kind of document or form that you wish. You can present the award in any manner that you wish (dinner, meeting, etc.). ISLA will review all nominations presented to us and choose two individuals to receive $50. It is recommended that you contact your local media outlets to inform them of the presentation of the award. Applications are due on May 1st and paid out in May.
Celebrate Literacy Nomination Form
This grant can be used to help with anything that supports or benefits the local council board and/or members. Applications are due in December and paid out in January.
This grant can be used to help with professional development of the local council board and/or members. Examples include book studies, speaker fees, conference fees, webinars, etc. Applications are due in December and paid out in January.
This grant can be used to purchase any items for student awards/ prizes/ books when hosting or sponsoring a student literacy event. Examples include writing fairs that are equally represented among the entire council, Young Author's Conference, public library event, etc. Applications are due in December and paid out in January.
Hosting/Sponsoring Literacy Promotion with Students Grant
The International Literacy Association (ILA) offers the following awards and grants:
Please check eligibility requirements.
Name/ Candidate Type/ Deadline (Month/Day)
State and provincial chapters that demonstrate how they are working to affect educational policy and legislation through effective advocacy at the local, state/provincial, and/or national levels
Award of Excellence
Awarded to state and provincial associations that have distinguished themselves through organizing and implementing a wide range of programs and activities in their state or province that (a) serve and support chapters and members, (b) contribute to education, and (c) coincide with and support the programs and goals of the Association
Celebrate Literacy Award
Organizations, institutions, and individuals that have made significant literacy contributions at the local, state, or provincial level are nominated by ILA member chapters
Children's and Young Adults' Book Award
Newly published authors apply for this award
Constance McCullough International Research Grant
ILA members apply for this grant designated for use in international professional development activities outside of the U.S. or Canada
Corwin Literacy Leader Award presented by ILA
District or school administrator who offers literacy professional development, instructional resource support, and/or specific literacy programs
Chapter Achievement Awards
Awarded annually to state and provincial chapters who demonstrate exceptional achievement in the areas of teacher empowerment, community engagement, and public awareness
Diane Lapp & James Flood Professional Collaborator Award
ILA members apply or are nominated for impactful ongoing professional collaboration
Elva Knight Research Grant
ILA members apply for this grant for research in reading and literacy
Researcher (school or university based)
Erwin Zolt Digital Literacy Game Changer Award
ILA members apply or are nominated for a significant, enduring, and positive contribution to online literacy education
Exemplary Reading Program Award
State and Provincial Exemplary Reading Program Award Committees accept applications from public, private, charter, and parochial schools where at least one staff member is an ILA member for outstanding reading and language arts programs at all grade levels
Helen M. Robinson Grant
ILA member doctoral students apply for this grant to assist at the early stages of dissertation research in the areas of reading and literacy
Local, student and special interest ILA chapters apply for this award that recognizes well-rounded programs serving the chapter members, the community, the state/provincial association or affiliate, and ILA.
Jeanne S. Chall Research Fellowship
ILA members apply for this grant to support reading research by promising scholars
Student (Graduate School)
Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award
ILA members college or university teachers of reading methods or reading-related courses apply for this award or are nominated by peers
Leaders Inspiring Readers Award
ILA member educators and researchers in the focus area of struggling readers apply for this award
Local Community Service Award
Local, student, or special interest ILA chapters apply for this award for outstanding service to their communities and literacy
Maryann Manning Special Service Award
ILA members apply or are nominated by peers for this award, given annually to a member who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment of distinguished service in the field of literacy
Nila Banton Smith Teacher as Researcher Grant
ILA member classroom teachers who show outstanding leadership in translating theory and current research into practice in developing content area literacy
Teacher Researcher (School-Based)
Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant
Elementary classroom teachers of grades K–8 dedicated to teaching purposeful reading and writing apply for this grant
Steven A. Stahl Research Grant
ILA member graduate students who have at least three years of teaching experience and who are conducting classroom research apply for this grant
Student (Graduate School)
Timothy & Cynthia Shanahan Outstanding Dissertation Award
ILA members who have completed dissertations in any aspect of the field of reading or literacy within a certain time period apply for this award
Recent Graduate of Doctoral Program
William S. Gray Citation of Merit
ILA members who have made outstanding contributions to multiple facets of literacy development—research, theory, practice, and policy—apply or are nominated by a peer for this award
ILA does not offer financial aid for students.
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