Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Application

Download the pdf application form here. Email a completed application form, two letters of reference, the five selection criteria statements and your essay to literacyawards@loc.gov by 11:59 p.m. EST, March 31, 2017.

Guidelines

  • Each organization may only apply in one prize category.
  • In the case of multiple nominations for the same organization, the board may review only one application.
  • All applications become the property of the Library of Congress. They may be used in whole or in part as promotional, research or educational materials.
  • At this time, we are only able to review application materials submitted in English.

Questions? View Frequently Asked Questions.

Award Descriptions

Note: All applications will be evaluated based on innovation, sustainability, replicability, measurable results and evidence-based practice.

The David M. Rubenstein Prize ($150,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made outstanding and measurable contributions in increasing literacy levels and has demonstrated exceptional and sustained depth and breadth in its commitment to the advancement of literacy. The organization will meet the highest standards of excellence in its operations and services. This award may be given to any organization based either inside or outside the United States.

The American Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels or the national awareness of the importance of literacy. This award may be given to any organization that is based in the United States.

The International Prize ($50,000) will be awarded to an organization or national entity that has made a significant and measurable contribution to increasing literacy levels. This award may be given to any organization that is based in a country outside the United States.