NCRA and ILA Awards and Grants

The North Carolina Reading Association (NCRA) recognizes contributions that members, individuals and organizations make to literacy with several awards offered annually. The James B. Hunt Celebrate Literacy Award supports local literacy contributions of individuals or groups, while the Mary Ellen Skidmore Project Grants recognize local councils for their outstanding literacy projects. NCRA also funds scholarships for members who plan to pursue a master’s degree or doctorate in literacy or a related field. Local councils and/or its members may apply for Project Grants, the Celebrate Literacy Award, and Scholarships.

The International Literacy Association (ILA) offers numerous awards and grants for councils, members, teachers, graduate students, and authors. For example, the ILA offers exemplary councils the Award of Excellence. N.C. schools at all levels qualify for ILA’s Exemplary Reading Award. ILA also supports global connections, designates councils as “Honor Councils” for well-rounded programs and honors a local, student or special interest ILA council for outstanding community service.


Award of Excellence ILA / State Councils 1/4/2017 Link here Jane Kline
Honor Council ILA / Local Councils 1/4/2017 Link here Local Councils               Danna Grimes
Celebrate Literacy: James B Hunt ILA/ Local Councils In process Link here Lauren Johnson
Mary Ellen Skidmore Project Grants NCRA / Local Councils Membership data due: 12/15/2016. Link here Lauren Johnson
Local Council Community Service ILA / Local Councils 12/15/2016
Intent to participate due now
Link here Local Councils
Exemplary Reading Program ILA / Local Councils 11/28/2016 Link here Lauren Johnson
Scholarships NCRA / Members 02/01/2017 Link here Jane Kline
Young Authors NCRA / Local Council (members) 12/08/2017 Link here Young Authors Chair:   Jenni Carowan


For a complete list of ILA’s awards, visit

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