Go Farther Literacy Fund

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The Go Farther Literacy Fund is a new pilot program from The Mind Trust to fund solutions to help address our city’s literacy crisis, and ensure all children read at or above grade level. Our hope is that this initiative will help Indianapolis families go farther – both physically and figuratively! 

The application is now closed.

Literacy – the ability to read and write – is the foundation for educational success and an increased quality of life. However, 1 in 6 Hoosier adults read at or below a fifth-grade level. These adults were once children. We recognize that schools and traditional tutoring are not the only potential source of solutions. We are looking for ideas that come from individuals in the communities directly impacted (parents, guardians, aunts, uncles and other family members, friends and neighbors) who are getting creative to help the children in their lives. We want to provide financial support for those efforts and share them more broadly to inspire others. 

Learn more about the application process below.

Who can apply?

We are looking for parents, guardians, family members, or local organizations in Indianapolis who support children who attend a K-12 public school or attend a K-12 public charter school, district school, or IPS Innovation Network School in Indianapolis.  We will be prioritizing applications from families and individual community members.

How do I apply?

The application is now closed.

What types of projects are you looking for?

Examples of potential projects include: starting a home or community library, creating a book drive, hiring tutoring services, or planning a literacy event with guest readers. Funds may be used to cover costs of supplies, books, materials, space, people’s time, hardware, software,
or other items needed to support students’ learning. Projects may be done in-person with proper COVID-19 precautions or virtually.

How will you decide who gets funded?

The Mind Trust staff and community stakeholders will consider the following in making funding decisions: 

  • Does this project serve high-need students?
  • Does this project have the potential to improve literacy rates in Indianapolis?
  • Does the applicant seem to have the ability to implement and achieve their goals?
  • Is the plan clear and feasible? 

Who do you consider to be a high-need student?

For this pilot project, we consider the following groups to be high-need:

  • Students impacted by poverty
  • English Language Learners (ELL)
  • Foster youth
  • Homeless/Home Instability
  • Recent Immigrants to the US
  • Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP or Special Education) or 504 plans
  • Academically below grade level

Once I get funding, how much time do I have to operate the program?

We expect all the ideas we fund to be implemented by the end of December 2021.

I want to apply but I have some questions. Can someone help me with this process?

Please email gofarther@themindtrust.org with questions or concerns.

The Go Farther Literacy Project is an initiative of The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit that invests in public education to transform lives in neighborhoods across Indianapolis. This fund is modeled after Educate78’s and Energy Converters’: People’s Literacy Fund in Oakland, CA.