Summer Learning Grant Guidelines

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Purpose of the Grant

This competitive grant is open to Ready.Set.READ! (RSR) partner schools, Summer Learning Coalition members, and other organizations serving Berks County Title 1 students. The grant will provide up to $5,000 in support of summer learning programming. The funds are to help cover expenses related to summer programming June – August 2021.

  • Serves Berks County Title 1 students, up to and including 3rd.
  • One $5,000 maximum proposal per organization or grant partnership may be submitted.
  • Requests are to support programming and other funding sources should be documented.
  • Proposed programming must include a literacy component but may include cross disciplines activities (i.e. STEAM).
  • All proposed programs must articulate an evaluation element to measure the outcome success of the literacy component.
  • Proposals and final reports must be electronically submitted via e-CImpact.
Grant Process

Grant applications will be accepted, via e-CImpact* Thursday, March 11 through Sunday, April 4, 2021. Successful grant awardees will be notified by the week of May 24th. Funds will be awarded May 2021 and are to be used by September 2021.  A final report is due in e-CImpact no later than September 24, 2021.

Grant applications must include the name(s) of professional employees involved in the grant application. If an individual school is applying, proposal must be approved by central administration. If the program has technology requirements, IT Manager approval is required.

*e-CImpact is a comprehensive grant and performance management software tool that helps simplify the grant application, evaluation, and reporting processes for success.

Selection Process

A volunteer committee will review and evaluate the Summer Learning Grant applications. The selection committee will be comprised of representation from the RSR and UW boards and committee members. The evaluation will be comprised of a rubric based on the criteria.

Purchasing of Materials

It is the responsibility of the successful grantees to purchase all materials and/or pay contracted fees and to submit a final budget with the final report.

Final Report

It is the responsibility of the grantee to provide a final report via e-CImpact due no later than September 24, 2021. A reminder notification will be sent providing access to the final report.

The report must include the data associated with the outcomes outlined in the proposal, actual expense detail and at least two photographs of students and activities.

The report and photos may be used to promote Berks County literacy activities and to highlight the innovation in our county; please be sure all releases are on file.

United Way Ready.Set.READ! Contact

Ashley Chambers, Senior Vice President of Community Impact at or 610.685.4586.