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.). Being able to read and write well are essential for development of personal sense of well-being and effective citizenship. Children who are proficient readers become confident and life-long learners, assets to their society’s viability in a complex global environment.

Our Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations committed to advancing education through the use of the initial teaching alphabet (i.t.a.). For examples of some currently-funded i.t.a. projects, visit our Grantee Projects page on this website.

Applying for a Grant

The yearly grant process starts with a letter of intent from organizations interested in pursuing i.t.a. grants. The letter of intent should include the following introductory information in 2-3 pages.

1. Organization Overview: Brief description of your organization, including its non-profit status and the contact information for the person who would be responsible for an i.t.a. grant if funded.

2. Grant Overview: What are your educational goals? How will you use i.t.a. to further your educational goals? Who do you propose to serve (age/grade range of students or clients)?

3. Budget Proposal:

  • a. Personnel: Include percent of salary requested for professional staff, and hourly pay for support staff, e.g., paraprofessionals, tutors.
  • b. Fringe Benefits: The Foundation underwrites FICA costs (.067 of salaries/hourly pay)
  • c. Educational Materials and Supplies: e.g., notebooks, printing costs, tutoring supplies, i.t.a. Linguistic Readers
  • d. In-Kind Contributions: e.g., Salary and pay benefits above .067, administrative and accounting services, etc.

You are encouraged to contact us with any questions you have before submitting the letter of intent. Our Board members are available via email or phone calls to answer your questions and help you shape your proposal for the use of i.t.a. to further your educational goals.

Letters of intent are due APRIL 1 and should be submitted via email to Dr. Susan Moore, Executive Director,

What Happens Next

Letters of intent are reviewed by our full Board during the first two weeks of April. If your organization’s proposal overview and budget fits with the i.t.a. Foundation’s mission and funding parameters, by April 15 you will be invited to submit a full proposal which is due June 1. The Foundation Program Officer will be available during this time to help answer specific questions you may have about how to implement an effective i.t.a. program that aligns with your goals and target population.

You will be notified of your grant status by July 15th. Personnel from funded grants are expected to attend the i.t.a. Foundation annual meeting in August, at which initial training will be provided for all new or continuing professional and support staff from the Foundation-funded i.t.a. projects. This three-day conference is provided without cost to project staff, and includes lodging, meals, and all conference materials.

How We Monitor Grants

To support our grantees and ensure appropriate expenditure of grant funds, the following procedures are implemented:

1. An Agreement by Grantee is developed which specifies the goals and major activities that your organization will complete, as well as the financial constraints of grants funds, e.g., use of i.t.a. grant funds for political purposes is prohibited by our charter. This agreement, signed by the person in your organization who is responsible for management of the grant, is due August 15th. Following receipt of the signed agreement, grant funds will be disbursed to your organization.

2. On-site Training. Foundation personnel will provide on-site training and follow-up consultations to your project personnel. Ideally, initial training will occur early in the grant cycle, in September of October, depending on your implementation schedule and staff availability.

3. Midterm and Final Reports. In January and June of your project year, you will be asked to complete brief narrative reports of progress towards your project goals, students/clients served, challenges and accomplishments. The Final Report will also include an accounting of grant expenditures.

4. Assessment Report. A database specifying student/client achievement in specific reading, spelling, and language skills must accompany the Final Report (June 30). You will receive all assessment materials and training at the annual conference.

5. Site visits. Our Foundation President and/or Program Officer will visit your project in the spring to ascertain progress and answer any questions that your staff, colleagues or administrators may have.

If you feel your organization has the ability and commitment from the top down to run a successful i.t.a. literacy program, click the following button to fill out a contact us form.