$100K literacy grant

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Scripps Howard Foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation and WCPO 9 On Your Side are joining forces to break the cycle of poverty through literacy in the Tri-state region. The organizations are leveraging resources to provide $150,000 in literacy grants to nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati that support family literacy in impoverished neighborhoods.

Education is the pathway out of poverty. Greater Cincinnati is ranked #4 nationally in child poverty, with nearly half of children estimated to be living below the federal poverty level, according to The National Center for Children in Poverty.

Research shows the negative effects of children growing up in poverty can be significantly impacted through early childhood interventions, including family literacy. Children raised in homes that promote family literacy grow up to be better readers and do better in school than children raised in homes where literacy is not promoted, leading to their long-term success in school and life.

There is a $100,000 grant to be awarded to a single nonprofit that fosters and promotes the development and expansion of new and/or existing literacy programs supporting children and their families living in poverty from birth through early elementary school age. Preference will be given to nonprofits that integrate strategies to help families help their children with literacy.

The Duke Energy Foundation joined the effort with a $50,000 contribution that will be divided equally between each of the two runner-up organizations.

Nonprofits invited to advance for grant consideration.

WCPO 9 On Your Side was the first to announce the literacy grant opportunity.

Special thanks to WCPO 9 On Your Side for airing this educational spot on the family literacy grant.