Grant Application FAQ

Why was the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation established?

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation was established to address the underfunding of Canadian school libraries and the resulting literacy crisis. Love of Reading provides grants for the purchase of new books and education resources to high-needs elementary schools across Canada.

Is the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation a registered charity in Canada?

Yes. The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is a registered charitable organization with the federal government under Business Charitable Registration number 81738 6373 RR0001.

What is the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation’s charitable number?

81738 6873 RR0001

How much money have you given away?

Since the Foundation was established in 2004, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Literacy Fund has committed $15 million to 170 high-needs elementary schools across Canada.

How does the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation work?

The $1.5 million Literacy Fund grant is distributed across the recipient schools. The school's grant is determined by the student population which is why the grant is different for each school. This also ensures each child has the same amount of money invested in them. Each year the grant is broken into two portions:

  • 90% is set up as a corporate account for Love of Reading schools to purchase required books through Indigo, Chapters and Coles
  • 10% is cash and can be used to support creative literacy activities and events

    Can my donation go directly to one child or school?

    All donations are added to a collective fund which is distributed among selected Love of Reading schools. If there is a particular school that you believe deserves a Love of Reading grant, please encourage one of the teachers or the school principal to download the online application form (pdf file, 136KB).

    Do you select one school in every province every year?

    No. While we’d love to have each province represented every year, we have to ensure that the selected schools are most deserving and their submissions meet all the criteria.

    How are schools selected for the grants?

    Applications are evaluated based on the criteria outlined in the grant application. Each year we receive hundreds of applications from schools across the country. The applicants have to fulfill a strict set of criteria and must demonstrate:

    • The school is high-needs
    • The principal’s role in mandating a literacy focus
    • There is currently dedication to literacy even with limited resources
    • The infrastructure is in place (Literacy Committee, volunteers, physical space, etc) to absorb the books if selected as a grant recipient

    The assessment includes pre-screening and evaluations administered by current Love of Reading school principals and input from the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation employees and Heather Reisman, President of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.

    I am a teacher or school principal. How can I apply for a Love of Reading grant on behalf of my school?

    Download our application form (pdf file, 136KB).

    Can a school re-apply if they have applied in previous years?

    Yes. We encourage all schools that have applied in the past and were not selected as a Love of Reading school to apply again. You can download an application form (pdf file, 136KB) and transfer your original content over to the new application.

    What happens if my school is selected?

    Your school will be granted funds based on your school population. Ten per cent of the grant is provided in cash to support your literacy programs. The remaining ninety per cent is disbursed as a credit redeemable for new books and education resources when you shop at any Indigo, Chapters and Coles book stores or through our Corporate Sales Team. You will be paired with the bookstore most conveniently located for you. The books and materials you choose to buy are entirely at your discretion. Indigo Books & Music donates the proceeds from all Love of Reading school purchases back to the Foundation.

    Which schools have benefited from a Love of Reading grant to date?

    Since 2004, 170 schools from across Canada have been selected as Love of Reading schools, receiving the grant over a three year period. Click hereto listen to life-changing calls when we announced the recipients.

    You can view a complete list of the schools selected for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005.

    Why is the grant money only to be used at Indigo/Chapters/Coles stores?

    Each school is paired with a store in their neighbourhood to allow them the flexibility to purchase products either in store or through Corporate Sales. Indigo Books & Music Inc. has a large variety of books and education resources that help to foster a love of reading in all children. Schools cannot use their credit outside of the company because the credit exists as a corporate account. They are free to spend their 10% cash portion on anything they believe will enhance their literacy initiatives and learning environment

    The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation was founded in 2004 by Indigo Books & Music Inc. Indigo Love of Reading is officially registered as a charitable organization with the federal government under business Charitable Registration number 81738 6373 RR0001. All net proceeds from the Love of Reading fundraising items go to the Foundation. Indigo Books & Music Inc. does not profit from cash donations or the purchase of fundraising items.

    The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is a registered charitable organization established in 2004
    to help provide new books and learning materials to Canadian elementary schools in need.