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Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Educational
Nonprofits for Programs to Enhance Literacy Skills

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit educational organizations for educational programming that will improve literacy skills among children and older students. Funding is intended to support organizations that wish to employ reading strategies of the Foundation, namely, the initial teaching alphabet (ITA). The purpose of the program is to assist English learners as well as those with, or at risk of, reading disabilities and dyslexia.

The Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations committed to advancing education through the use of the ITA phonemic alphabet. Their goal is to provide monetary and technical support to schools and agencies that are dedicated to:

  •  Prevention of reading failure in young children at-risk of dyslexia
  •  Remediation of reading disabilities/dyslexia in children, adolescents, and adults
  •  Helping English Learners master the pronunciation, reading, and writing of English

Background: ITA is a phonemic alphabet that contains a symbol for each of the 44 speech sounds of English. English is purported to be the most difficult language to learn and has the highest percentage of dyslexics in the world because sounds and letters often don’t match. People with reading disabilities/dyslexia and young children at-risk of reading failure have a deficit in phonological skills that typically develop during the preschool to early elementary years. ITA can be used to correct underlying phonological deficits so that struggling readers can become proficient readers. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 144019

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The ITA Foundation supports nonprofit educational organizations that:

- Are dedicated to advancing the language and literacy skills of young children at-risk of reading failure, individuals with reading disabilities/dyslexia, and/or English learners
- Have determined that their organization’s educational program would benefit from an ITA intervention program tailored to their students’/clients’ educational needs
- Can provide in-kind administrative support for the proposed ITA program, and financial management of grant funds

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of intent are due April 1.

Application process:

- The yearly grant process starts with a letter of intent from organizations interested in pursuing ITA grants.
- Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation via email or phone with any questions they have before submitting the letter of intent.
- Submit the letter of intent via email to Shelley Jerviss, ITA Foundation President.

What is ITA:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the letter of intent via email to:

Shelley Jerviss, ITA Foundation President

For questions, contact the Foundation via the contact form at

ITA Foundation
PO Box #231295
New York, NY 10023
(507) 459-2143

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