How We Make Grants
The i.t.a. Foundation is committed to promoting literacy through the use of the initial teaching alphabet (i.t.a.). The need for literacy – the ability to read and write – is essential to fully developing a sense of well-being and citizenship. Children who are solid readers perform better in school, have a healthy self-image, and become lifelong learners, adding to their viability in a competitive world.
When making grants, the Foundation looks for effective organizations that can help advance the work of the Foundation, as well as for evidence that the people and organizations are likely to succeed with their grant.
Applying for a Grant
Grant funds must be used solely for educational purposes.Before applying for a grant the grantee must be willing to commit to the attendance at the annual i.t.a. conference as well as the employment of a trained i.t.a. instructor.
You may apply for a grant by submitting an online grant request. The deadline for submitting the online grant request is May 1st. Some of the basic information you will be asked to provide is as follows:
- • Contact information for yourself and your organization
- • Brief description of your organization
- • Description of the primary objectives and desired outcomes of the project
- • Description of how you propose to implement your program
- • Description of students to be served (age/grade range, their literacy needs)
- • How many you estimate will be served
- • How you plan to structure your i.t.a. program (number of sessions per week, length of each session)
- • List and vitae of those who would carry out the i.t.a. literacy program
- • Detailed line item budget
What Happens Next
Your grant request proposal will be reviewed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. If your submission aligns with the Foundation’s priorities and budget limitations, a board member will contact you to fine tune your grant proposal.
Your will be notified of your grant status by July 15th.
How We Monitor Grants
To ensure the appropriate use of our grant funds, the foundation has procedures for making and monitoring all grants. These include but are not limited to the following:
- A Pre-Grant Review. All potential grantee organizations and their programs are assessed by the Board of Directors. A member of the Board of Directors will discuss the proposed work with the prospective grantee and determines the organization’s capacity to undertake it.
- An Agreement by Grantee is executed. This agreement establishes a range of grant conditions. Every grantee is required to sign it.
- One or More Site Visits. A board member will visit the grantee during the term of the grant.
- Financial and Narrative Reports. During the grant term, grantees are required to submit reports that are reviewed by the board of directors for compliance with the terms of the grant agreement. Midterm and final reports will include samples of student written work documenting the use of i.t.a.
- Assessment report containing pre and post-tests of reading, spelling, and written language. (Grantees will receive all necessary testing materials and training at the annual i.t.a. conference on administration, scoring, and interpretation of literacy assessments.)