School Grants for the Dyslexic

by Brooke Williams
Experts can idenfity dyslexia in children at an early age, and many can be taught to read.

From 15 percent to 20 percent of Americans have dyslexia, a condition that makes it difficult to read and write, according to Kids Health, an online health resource for parents and youth. Dyslexia is one of the main reasons that children are unsuccessful readers in school, Kids Health reports. There are schools in America that educate only dyslexic students. Grant sources throughout the United States assist these schools with funding, a crucial component of providing a good education for dyslexic children.

Verizon Foundation

The Verizon Foundation provides funding for nonprofit organizations with programming in the areas of education, literacy, Internet safety, violence prevention and health care. Because one of the foundation's goals is to support organizations that enhance literacy through education and achievement, a school for dyslexic students might qualify for funding. Typically, grants range from $5,000 to $10,000, and the foundation receives more than 60,000 applications annually, according to the foundation. Applicants can submit proposals between January and October annually. Verizon Foundation One Verizon Way Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 800-360-7955 foundation.verizon.com

W.H.O. Foundation

The W.H.O. (Women Helping Others) Foundation awards more than $60,000 to nonprofit organizations nationwide that support low-income and needy women, children and families. Education and literacy are two areas the foundation supports with a wide array of initiatives, including tutoring programs and library projects. Grant applications are available online and typically are due in September. The WHO Foundation Grants P.O. Box 816029 Dallas, TX 75381 972-458-0601 whofoundation.org

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Children who have difficulty reading or are below their grade level in literacy might benefit from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools that implement reading programs. The foundation places emphasis on underserved children and typically accepts applications in January each year. Dollar General Literacy Foundation 100 Mission Ridge Goodlettsville, TN 37072 615-855-5208 dollargeneral.com

About the Author

Brooke Williams is a freelance writer living in Alabama. She is a former education and government reporter at a daily newspaper and has been writing since 2003. Williams received her journalism degree from Auburn University. She has written for "Health for Alabama" and "Health for Tennessee" magazines.

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