Sarah Badgley Literacy Fund for Rural Ontario Children



A grant of up to $500 per year is available from the Rural Learning Association to Ontario rural libraries, and urban libraries that serve rural clientele. The purpose of the grant is to support children’s literacy initiatives. Top consideration will be given to those libraries that promote the love of reading by using the grant for such things as Book Purchases, Literacy Programmes (story time, guest authors, etc.,) and/or Equipment Purchases such as Lego, software and digital media. Connections to the actual literacy outcomes should be demonstrated in the request.

Libraries that the committee has selected as possible recipients of the Fund should include in their full proposals the following items: the potential benefit to the children in the community; a detailed budget; the level of need in the community; access to funding by other organizations; the relevance to literacy through the promotion of the love of reading using books, literacy programmes and/or equipment. The planned project should focus on a sustainability factor that has a long term impact rather than a short term effect. The final application should be no more than two pages long and is due by June 15th.

Sarah Rosalind Badgley
Sarah never learned to read, but she adored books. In July 2001, at the age of three, she was killed in an auto accident. Her parents, Susan and Kerry Badgley of Kemptville, Ontario, initiated the fund through the RLA.

Rural Libraries
As community focal points, rural libraries perform a variety of functions. In addition to offering access to a wide range of reading material, they provide Internet access, make available audio-visual materials, provide local historical and genealogical services, offer children’s programs, and provide services to tourists. In doing all of this, rural libraries serve as community gathering spots that allows residents to meet and exchange ideas. In short, despite shrinking resources, rural libraries perform vital social functions. One goal of the Sarah Badgley Literacy Fund for Rural Ontario Children is to enhance awareness of the valuable public service that rural libraries perform.

Past Recipients of the Sarah Badgely Fund include:
Admaston-Bromley Public Library
Alderville Learning Centre & Library
Athens Public Library
Atikokan Public Library
Bibliothèque publique de Moonbeam
Bibliothèque publique de Mattice - Val Coté
Billings Township Public Library
Bonfield Public Library
Brighton Public Library
Brock Township Public Library
Castleton Public Library
Clearview Public Libary - Stayner Branch
Clarence-Rockland Public Library
County of Prince Edward Public Library
Edwardsburgh Public Library - Spensperville Branch
Dubreuilville Public Library
East Ferris Public Library
Elgin County Library
Elliot Lake Public Library
Emo Public Library
Englehart Public Library
Farquier-Strickland Public Library
Front of Yonge Public Library
Georgina Island Public Library
Gore Bay Union Public Library
Greater Madawaska Public Library
Greenstone Public Library
Hilton Union Public Library
Keewatin Public Library
Lake of Bays Public Library
Latchford Public Library
Laurentian Hills Public Library
Leonard Shore Memorial Libary
Manitouwadge Public Library
Massey & Township Public Library
Nation Municipality Public Library - Limoges Branch
New Tecumseth Public Libary - Alliston Branch
North Perth Public Libary
Opasatika Public Libary
Pembroke Public Libary
Prince Township Public Libary
Powassan & District Union Public Libary
Rainy River Public Libary
Rideau Lakes Public Libary
Sheshegwaning Public Libary
Six Nations Public Libary
South River - Macher Union Public Libary
St.Charles Public Libary
Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County Libary
Tay Township Public Libary
Temiskaming Shores Public Libary - New Liskeard Branch
Terrace Bay Public Libary
Township of Russell Public Libary
Tweed Public Libary
Uxbridge Public Libary
Webbwood Public Libary
Whitewater Region Public Libary
Wollaston & Limerick Union Public Libary

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