"The end of all education should surely be service to others."

César Chávez

Awards and Grants

The North Carolina Reading Association (NCRA) recognizes contributions that individuals and organizations make to literacy through the Celebrate Literacy Award, supports local literacy initiatives through Project Grants, and funds Scholarships for advanced training in literacy. Local councils and/or its members may apply for Project Grants, the Celebrate Literacy Award, and Scholarships.

Members may also participate in NCRA’s Young Authors’ program. The Young Authors (YA) celebration, held at the Raleigh Convention Center on March 18, 2017, will feature a collection of responses to this year’s prompt, Step Outside: Writing About the Natural World. Writers receive medals and a book that includes their work. Local reading councils often hold celebrations to recognize young and adult writers who participate in YA.

The International Literacy Association (ILA) recognizes NCRA as an exemplary state association with the Award of Excellence. N.C. schools at all levels qualify for ILA’s Exemplary Reading Award, which recognizes an outstanding reading and language arts program. ILA also supports NCRA’s efforts to make global connections, designates councils as “Honor Councils” for their well-rounded programs, and honors a local, student or special interest ILA council for outstanding community service.



Celebrate Literacy

Project Grants


Young Authors



Award of Excellence

Exemplary Reading

Honor Council


For a complete list of IRA’s awards, visit www.reading.org/Resources/AwardsandGrants.aspx.


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