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Proposals Sought for Imagination Library


Funds available to launch new programs and sustain existing ones

Best Beginnings is accepting proposals for grants to launch new local Imagination Libraries and expand existing ones. Additional information, including a checklist and contact form, is available at www.BestBeginningsAlaska.org. All applications must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2012.

Best Beginnings is working to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library throughout Alaska. Presently, 80 communities have the program under 27 local Imagination Libraries. Nearly 17,000 children receive a book in the mail each month. This proposal solicitation is supported financially by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development.

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. 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, the community raises the money for the books and mailing, promotes the program, registers children, and enters the information into the database. 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.


3350 Commercial Drive, Suite 104A · Anchorage, Alaska 99501

t. 907.297.3300 · f. 907.297.3304 · BestBeginningsAlaska.org

Best Beginnings is a public-private partnership that mobilizes people and resources

to ensure all Alaska children begin school ready to succeed.

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