Imagination Library RFP

Number of Alaska children enrolled in Imagination LibraryFunds available to launch new programs and sustain existing ones

In an effort to expand a popular children’s book program more broadly in Alaska, Best Beginnings will issue grants to launch Imagination Library in new communities and expand it in communities that already have the program.

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Best Beginnings is working to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library throughout Alaska. Presently, 110 communities have the program under 32 local Imagination Libraries. More than 21,000 children receive a book in the mail each month. With the financial support of the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, Best Beginnings is soliciting proposals to launch or sustain Imagination Library in additional communities.

Imagination Library mails a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child from birth to age 5 who signs up for the program in their community, regardless of family income. There is no charge to participating families. But it’s more than a book delivery program; it’s a Get-the-Whole-Community-Involved-in-Reading-to-Kids Program. Best Beginnings and local communities raise funds to pay for the books, mailing costs, and family engagement activities. The Dollywood Foundation manages the system to deliver the books to the home.

“Community” can be defined as a town, village, or an area where a group of people live. Normally, volunteers in the community promote the program, register children, enter the information into the database, and offer other enrichment activities. This Request for Proposals invites communities to apply for matching financial and technical assistance in setting up their programs. Funding awards will be on a competitive basis.

The accompanying Checklist and Contact Form offer a structure for applications.

RFP closed as of Monday, March 31, 5:00 p.m.