Annual Literacy Grants Launch at CILIP Manchester

Award winning Better World Books announces its 4th annual Literacy Grants which will provide funding to libraries and nonprofit organisations to support literacy initiatives.

Dunfermline, UK, 4 July 2017 – This year Better World Books will launch its 4th annual Literacy Grants at the CILIP Conference in Manchester on 5-6 July. Library and nonprofit organisations based in the UK and Europe can apply for a grant of up to £1,000 which can be used to support literacy projects around the world. Grants will be awarded to projects that will provide a long-term literacy impact.

Members of the Better World Books sales team will be attending CILIP Conference on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th July in Manchester. To learn more about the Literacy Grants and how to apply, visit the team on stand 9. If you are not attending CILIP you can find out more and apply here:

Better World Books has developed strong relationships with the library community in the UK and Europe since the company was started in the UK in 2008. The company works with over 1,000 libraries through its Discard and Donation Programme which supports libraries that are weeding, downsizing or moving. It is a free service: Better World Books provides the library with shipping boxes and arranges to collect the boxes of books which are then processed at the company’s distribution centre in Dunfermline, Scotland. Each book is manually scanned with accepted books placed online to be sold across multiple marketplaces.  Any books that cannot be sold are donated or recycled–no books ever go to landfill.

Better World Books UK has awarded annual literacy grants since 2014. Twenty six projects have received a total of £39,000. Better World Books invites “Game Changing” ideas which will help advance a compelling literacy project.

Martin Mullin, Chair of the Better World Books Literacy Council welcomed the opening of the grants for 2017:

“Each year it’s always humbling to read the applications for the Literacy Grants.  The Grants are serving a real need across the community.  We want to ensure that we are helping to maintain and support literacy projects that are vital.  The impact of each Pound or Euro cannot be underestimated in making a difference to literacy.  We’re really looking forward to reading creative applications and learning more about the nature, scale and impact of the projects. Our commitment to literacy goes to the very core of our mission to make a difference here at Better World Books.”  

About Better World Books

Better World Books ( is a for-profit socially minded global e-retailer providing products and information to socially conscious consumers. Better World Books collects and sells new and used books online with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the UK and around the world. Since its launch in 2008 in Dunfermline, UK, Better World Books has raised more than £2.6 million for libraries and literacy, donated over 450,000 books and re-used or recycled over 31 million books.

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