Selection process

You probably know that we partner with major nonprofit groups like the National Literacy Trust and Room to Read, but we also fund community-focused projects that have an impact at the local level.

Do you have a “Game Changing” idea that advances literacy in your community? Well, if you want to make it happen, we want to make it possible.

Better World Books Literacy Grants are intended to compile a wide range of projects and fund the ones that will make the biggest impact on literacy.

Nonprofits can apply for a grant of up to £1,000.

This year our applications closed on 28 August 2017 at 4pm BST.

If your project goes on to become one of the finalists, we may also contact you for photos and videos of the literacy project that we can post as part of the public voting phase.

If you have any questions please contact

As you develop your Grant application,  please keep the following in mind:

  • Answer questions fully. Where questions have multiple parts, be sure to address all parts. Omissions make it difficult to evaluate your application.
  • Projects should address the literacy needs of under-served populations in their community. Literacy needs are defined by broadly identifying, understanding, interpreting, creating, communicating, and computing information to live a more fulfilling and productive life.
  • Organisations may pitch only one project each, with a maximum award of £1,000. Please be sure to clearly outline the project elements that require the requested funds.
  • Projects that will have a measurable and long term impact on an under-served population and will continue to operate after grant funds have been utilised will be looked upon favourably.
  • Better World Books looks forward to reviewing applications that bring a fresh and inspired approach to challenging issues.