On October 29, the Ohio Department of Education began accepting applications for the Early Literacy and Reading Readiness competitive grant program. As part of the framework known as the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, $13 million in grants is available to schools to help early elementary students gain the necessary reading fundamentals by the end of third grade.

The grant is intended to encourage districts and community schools to design and implement a K-3 early literacy and reading intervention concept plan that will assist students in improving and enhancing their reading development. Grants will be awarded based on the quality of the plan.

Individual school districts and community schools can receive up to $100,000 in funding and consortia of three or more partners can receive up to $250,000. Priority will be given to partnerships.

The deadline to apply is December 31. More information, including access to the application, is available here: