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The NASPA Foundation for Youth Literacy has awarded $5,000 to NASPA to promote Youth SCRABBLE. We would like to disburse the $5,000 by the end of this calendar year.

In the past, NASPA has supported requests for help with the donation of equipment (tiles, racks, and games). Recently, NASPA donated $300 in NASPA Store credits to be used as prizes in the Online Quarantined School Scrabble Action (OQuaSSA) tournament.

Rather than wait for requests, we are announcing a program where you can apply to receive a grant from NASPA to support Youth SCRABBLE.

Who Can Apply?

Any NASPA member can apply for a NASPA Youth SCRABBLE grant. The grant may be awarded to an organization or program, but a NASPA member must recommend the organization or program.

What Can I Request?

As we all know all too well, the current COVID-19 pandemic presents challenges to SCRABBLE play of any kind, and the usual types of request for support – equipment, for example – may not apply.

Your request could be something as simple as a paid Zoom subscription to support online club sessions. If you are holding online tournaments or events, you might request support for prizes. You might want to develop curriculum materials that can be shared with other Youth SCRABBLE coaches on the NASPA web site.

There are no specific requirements – use your imagination and think how you can support Youth SCRABBLE.

How Do I Apply?

You should submit a proposal via email by October 15, 2020.

At a minimum, the proposal should contain:

  • NASPA Sponsor – Member name, NASPA ID, and contact information.
  • Grant Recipient (if different than NASPA Sponsor) – Contact information for the grant recipient.
  • Proposal – Description of your proposed use of the grant and your plan for realizing the use – including a timeline.
  • Budget – Amount requested with justification for the expenditure.

How Will the Review Process Work?

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee consisting of the Executive Committee, Advisory Board members, and Youth chair Cornelia Guest.

Applicants will be notified by October 22, 2020 whether their proposal was approved and if so, what the grant will be.

Will There Be Grants in the Future?

After this initial award of grants, we will continue to accept requests for support of Youth SCRABBLE initiatives and award grants as funds are available.

How Can I Support the NASPA Foundation for Youth Literacy?

You can donate directly to the foundation or you can use Amazon Smile to make online purchases.

When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon makes a donation to the NASPA Foundation for Youth Literacy.


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