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Literacy Grants

About the Award

The Literacy Grants program was initiated to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives. The Society's commitment to the cause of literacy grows out of and is consistent with its mission, which was expanded to include "…and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."


Dec. 15, 2023: Application portal opens.

April 1, 2024: Deadline for applications

June 1, 2024: Recipients will be notified


Literacy Grants are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and members. The project director applying for the grant must be an active (dues current) Phi Kappa Phi member.

The applicant cannot be a sitting Phi Kappa Phi board member, divisional vice president, member of the Literacy Award committee or Society employee at time of application or announcement.

Selection Criteria

The definition of literacy should be considered broadly.

Proposals may be for new projects or for support of existing projects. Target groups may include children to adults.

Budget can be used only for supplies and materials, publicity, postage, etc. Budget cannot be used for salaries or stipends.

Application Process

Submit your application through our online portal. Projects can be funded for two consecutive years. Funding is not available for a third year, but project managers may apply again in year four. No project may receive more than three grants.

Grant recipients will be notified via email by June 1.


For a list of the most recent recipients, FAQ and additional applicant resources, click here.