IRC and IRA Teacher Grants

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Grants and Awards


Need money for your classroom? Here are some grants for teachers.


ILA Grants


Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award

ILA members college or university teachers of reading methods or reading-related courses apply for this award or are nominated by peers. Due date is 1/15.


Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant

Elementary classroom teachers of grades K–6 (ages 5–12) apply for this grant. Due date is 1/15.


IRC Grants


Barack Obama Library Award

Do you know a teacher of 5th-8th-grade kids who could make good use of a classroom library? This award is a classroom library, valued at $1000, which was created in 2006 through a generous gift to the IRC from (then) Senator Obama. This collection is comprised of carefully selected literature that is “culturally relevant” for African-American readers and targets students in the middle-school (5th-8th) grade range. The Nomination Guidelines and Form are available online. Nominations are due by

March 1.


Family Literacy Award

This award recognizes an IRC member who promotes and supports parent involvement in children's reading. Deadline for nominations is March 1. The Nomination Form is now available online.


Pamela J. Farris Rural Classroom Library Award

Do you know a K-8 teacher who teaches in a rural school and could make good use of a classroom library? If so, this award will provide the winning teacher with a classroom library to enhance the availability of quality literature for students to read in rural areas. The Pamela J. Farris Rural Classroom Library Award was created in 2012 by a gift from Pamela J. Farris to the Illinois Reading Council. Nominations are due March 1. The Nomination Form is now available online.