Go Farther Literacy Fund

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The Go Farther Literacy Fund is a 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. Awarded funds range from $150 to $5,000. Our hope is that this initiative will help Center Township families go farther – both physically and figuratively!

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. Today, we seek to confront this challenge in the context of both a global pandemic (COVID-19) and the consequences of long-standing structural racism. We are looking for ideas that come from not only teachers, schools, and organizations but from individuals in the communities directly impacted (parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, other family members, friends, and neighbors) who are getting creative to help the children in their lives who attend a public school in Center Township. Learn more about round one recipients and check out a feature of round one recipient Center for Leadership Development’s Imani Book Club.

We are looking for projects that aim to serve students in Center Township who are considered high-need. High-need students include: students impacted by poverty, English Language Learners (ELL), foster youth, homeless/home instability, recent immigrants to the United States, students with individualized education plans (IEPs) or 504 plans, and/or students who are academically below grade level. Projects should be have achievable goals and improve the literacy rates among students in Center Township. Project plans should be clear and feasible. Please reference the resources, idea suggestions, and FAQs lower on this page to aid in developing your application.

Application Timeline

  • Application opens – October 1, 2021
  • Application closes – November 15, 2021
  • Awardees are notified – December 17, 2021

Don’t find your question answered in the FAQS below?

Please email Lauren Lopez llopez@themindtrust.org with questions or concerns.

A few ideas to get you started

The Go Farther Literacy Fund 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.