The Gary Patterson Foundation awarded $325,000 in grants to 38 elementary schools within Fort Worth Independent School District to update their libraries and library collections.
The grant opportunity was introduced in mid-September to any elementary school within the Fort Worth Independent School District, and included an application for up to $10,000 per school for library updates. Those updates were offered within the following categories:
books & media (print, audio, e-books, magazines, video & online subscription resources)
furniture & fixtures (furniture, shelving/display, specialized seating & work stations)
technology & equipment (computers, mobile devices, production equipment, makerspace kits)
general supplies (book tape, labels, shelf markers, bookmarks, maker space supplies, signage for library, promotional materials, paint & hardware)
The foundation was able to grant 100 percent of the applications received. The grant opportunity will be available again in spring 2019 to schools who did not receive a fall 2018 grant.
The foundation partnered with the Education Foundation for Fort Worth Schools (EF4FW) to coordinate the distribution of the grant funds.
Elementary schools awarded these literacy grants include: Atwood McDonald, Bill Elliott, Bonnie Brae, Bruce Shulkey, Carter Park, Leadership Academy at Como, Dolores Huerta, East Handley, George C. Clarke, Glen Park, Greenbriar, Harlean Beal, J.T. Stevens, Leadership Academy at John T. White, Luella Merrett, M.G. Ellis, M.H. Moore, Mary Louise Phillips, Maudrie Walton, Meadowbrook, Natha Howell, Oakhurst, Richard Wilson, Rufino Mendoza, Sagamore Hill, Sam Rosen, Seminary Hills Park, South Hills, Springdale, T.A. Sims, W.M. Green, West Handley, Westcreek, Western Hills, Western Hills Primary, Woodway and Worth Heights.
The Gary Patterson Foundation is dedicated to supporting children in and around Fort Worth. Through grants and scholarships, and in collaboration with other area non-profit organizations, the foundation’s primary goal is to provide equitable educational opportunities for all children.
EF4FW is an independent foundation solely dedicated to supporting the needs of the Fort Worth Independent School District. Its fundraising and funding goals align with the district’s strategies in early childhood literacy and college/career/service readiness.
Both the Gary Patterson Foundation and EF4FW are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.