Classroom Library Grants

Aims and Eligibility

National English Honor Society offers Classroom Library Grants designed to enhance the Society's goals of

  • promoting interest in literature and language in the surrounding communities;
  • fostering all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, and media; and
  • serving society by fostering literacy.

The Classroom Library Grants are also intended to support English teachers who have recently entered the field of teaching and need texts to provide their students with a library in their own classrooms, especially where access to school or public libraries or to books in the home may be limited.

NEHS will award up to five grants of up to $400 each per year to teachers who have been teaching English for five years or fewer. Applicants may or may not be recent college graduates; the Classroom Library Grant is intended to help new teachers, whether in their first years out of college or in the first years of a second career.

Eligibility Categories

  • Tier I: Early career English language arts teachers who are also serving as NEHS Advisors of active chapters. Priority for grants is given to this category.
  • Tier II: Early career English language arts teachers who teach in a school with an active NEHS chapter. The required letter of support must come from the NEHS Advisor

Apply through NEHS AwardSpring Platform

Step 1

NEHS AwardSpring application link

Register for an account with your email address and a password in AwardSpring.

Step 2

Complete the questionnaire, including contact information, to determine if you are eligible to apply for the Classroom Library Grant as a Tier I or Tier II applicant.

Step 3

Complete all question fields about the grant.
  1. Provide a written narrative, not to exceed 500 words, including:
    • information about the school where you teach and the local area, including the percentage of students at your school on the free and reduced lunch program;
    • the level of access your students have to a school library (hours, number of books available that can be checked out per student over what period, or other relevant information regarding access);
    • the proximity of the nearest public library and information about its holdings, policies, and hours that might affect student access;
    • information about the local culture that may affect the kind of books students have access to in the home or through school and public libraries;
    • an explanation of how you envision a classroom library supporting your students' efforts toward literacy and a love of literature, language, and writing; and
    • if your classroom library has shared access with other teachers, please explain how it works.
  2. Wishlist - Submit a list of 20-30 titles you plan to purchase with the funds. You may reference this list in your narrative if you want to explain the rationale for including certain titles.

Step 4

Request Letter(s) of Support.

Through the AwardSpring application request a letter of support Tier I applicants will request one letter from a supervisor at your school (your principal, vice principal, department chair, or senior colleague). Tier II applicants will request two letters: one from the NEHS Advisor and one from a supervisor at your school.

The letter should:

  • confirm your number of years in the classroom;
  • confirm demographic and geographic information about the school;
  • endorse your plans for using the library grant funds; and
  • include the letter writer's mailing address, email address, and phone number.

Criteria For Selection

In choosing recipients, the Classroom Library Grant Committee will consider criteria such as the following:

  • Lack of economic and geographic access to books at your school, or another demonstrated need;
  • The explanation of how the classroom library envisioned will support your goals in alignment with the Society's goals; and
  • Supervisory endorsement of your classroom library project; and
  • Tier I or Tier II status.

Deadline and Dates

The deadline for applications is October 5, 2020, 11:59 p.m. CDT. Awards will be made on November 16, 2020 with funds available in January 2021.