Current Recipients

 Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan Grant Recipients

On this page we proudly share information and images of recent recipients of various grants, our first Spotlight Award recipient and JumpStart recipient.  Each grant cycle we fund grants to individuals, agencies and organizations to enhance literacy in Michigan…apply now so that we may celebrate your good work in literacy enhancement.

More information is available at the Grants page.


2017 Competitive Grant Recipient

Sarah Marcos, Ritter Elem, LLF Michigan 2017 competitive grant recipient (to initiate after school book club for 3rd – 4th graders) examines items at exhibit during 2017 MRA Conference.






2017 Winter/Spring Grant Recipient


Family Literacy Night – Get to Know the Marquette Symphony Orchestra at the UP Children’s Museum in April.  This event was added to the Third Thursday Literacy nights program originally funded with a grant for winter/spring 2017.  Pictured below are two students, Colleen and Alexis (both members in the Fine Tuners at Marquette High School) posing with note and fruit cards.  This particular session was titled “Music, Rhythm, Reading: play the clapping game and learn how to read musical notes”.  It was one of several stations set up for participants to visit.  The second photo shows another great session in the evenings line up.  There were over 200 children, parents and volunteers in attendance, probably the largest number attending since the inception of this series in spring of 2016.


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The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum received a third grant for their Third Thursday Literacy Nights to assist with admission to the museum and the purchase of books for attendees to take home after visiting various stations.  The photo is of children and parents listening to a story read by a professional dancer, followed by the chance to enact the story.


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Summer/Fall 2016 Grants awarded to assist these agencies/organizations with their literacy enhancement efforts

Daly Elementary-Westwood ~ Funds to send 3 teachers to attend MAISA MiELA summer institute and this is how they implemented what they learned.

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Ele’s Place-Flint~ Funds to purchase grief specific books for lending library with focus on all age groups, and all aspects of grief and healing

Kingsbury Country Day School in Oxford ~ Received funds to purchase variety of non-fiction materials for research and information gathering related to the curriculum kindergarten through grade 8.  The photos below show the “fruits” of the grant purpose in action.



Morrice Elementary ~ Funds to send 3 educators to attend MAISA MiELA summer institute

UP Children’s Museum-Marquette, Everett HS-Lansing, and St. Joseph County Literacy Council are featured below.



2016 Summer/Fall Grant Recipient

LLF of Michigan awarded the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum another grant to support their Third Thursday Literacy Nights at the museum. The grant provided funds for the purchase of books to be given away, including distribution costs and printing.  There were nine literacy enhancement stations, one of which was a fake fire camp fire setting.  How fun for the children to read around the campfire!  At the conclusion of the evening books were distributed to the children and their parents.  Below are photos of Jim Edwards (Museum Manager) and Phyllis Aurich (LLF Michigan Board Member) looking at the books for distribution and Clifford reviewing the program, titled “Hunting Season Reading Night”.   It was a fun night full of opportunity to enhance the children’s literacy skills and we were pleased to provide funding and assistance for this project!  More photos can be found on our Facebook page.






2016 LLF of Michigan Grant Recipients

LLF of Michigan recently awarded St. Joseph County Literacy Council (pictured below) $1,000 to purchase ESL teaching materials which will also be used to provide ESL training to volunteer tutors in St.Joseph County that includes a Spanish speaking population.  The primary mission of St. Joseph County Literacy Council is to help improve adult literacy in the St. Joseph County.  The county ranks 12th from the bottom out of 83 Michigan counties in overall literacy.


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JumpStart / Special Project Incentive Award

“Third Thursday Family Literacy Night” at the U.P. Children’s Museum in Marquette, Michigan.  The grant funding provided family passes and museum admission, books for families and an independent station to promote parent involvement in reading with children.  Thank you Marquette County Steelworkers Coalition ~ their generous donation made it possible to fund this grant.  Pictured below is  Jim Edwards, Program Director for the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, selecting a  book for distribution at one of the Family Literacy nights.  Because this event was so successful, the U.P. Children’s Museum successfully applied for three more literacy nights at that children’s museum through our generic 2016 Summer/Fall granting process.



2016 LLF Michigan Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall Grant

Lansing Everett High School, received an LLF Michigan grant for the 2016 Winter/Spring cycle. The LLF Michigan grant is being used to improve the fiction section of the High School Media Center.


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The Lansing Everett High School has been approved for a 2016 Summer/Fall grant to update their graphic novel library collection.  Congratulations Everett High School!  We are pleased to provide financial assistance to improve your library.


Joy Currie, librarian at Lansing Everett High School, received an LLF Michigan grant for the 2016 Summer/Fall cycle.  She is sharing the progress made in implementing that grant with Nancy Seminoff at the 2016 MRA Annual Conference exhibit.  The LLF Michigan grant is being used to improve the fiction section of the High School Media Center.



Below Joy Currie , recipient of LLF Michigan 2016 Summer/Fall competitive grant (to develop graphic novel project at Lansing Everett HS media center) and Dee Halstead share success of effort with Nancy Seminoff at 2017 MRA Conference.

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Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan appreciates its sponsors:

MEEMIC Insurance Company, The Zaner-Bloser Company &

Marquette County Steelworkers Coalition