Better World Books LEAP Grants 2014: Voting to Award £5,000 to Nonprofit Literacy Project Now Open

Socially responsible online bookseller opens voting for £5,000 literacy grant.

DUNFERMLINE, UK – (August 22, 2014) – Better World Books, a leading social enterprise promoting global literacy, announces today that voting is now open to award a £5,000 grant to one nonprofit literacy project. The public can vote for which organisation they think should receive the grant out of the 6 finalists on the Better World Books Facebook page: Voting is open until 29 August at 10:00 PM BST.

This £5,000 grant is part of the inaugural LEAP Grants programme for Better World Books UK. The overall grant awards a total of £20,000 to library and nonprofit organisations based in the UK or Europe and can be used to fund literacy projects anywhere in the world. Winners will be announced the first week in September. Better World Books began its LEAP Grants programme in 2009 to address the needs of communities around the world by devoting a portion of company revenue to support literacy efforts.

“The mission of Better World Books and our partners is vital to readers, teachers, and learners everywhere. We are looking forward to our online community telling us which cause is most important to them, and choosing where their book purchases have the greatest impact,” said Kreece Fuchs, co-founder.

The Better World Books Literacy Council will also select a second £5,000 nonprofit recipient. Additionally, £10,000 will be awarded to library projects, being selected during the same timeframe by the Better World Books Literacy Council based on their potential for measurable and long- term impact on an underserved population and how they will continue to operate after grant funds have been utilised.


Better World Books ( is a for-profit social enterprise and a global e-retailer providing products and information to socially conscious consumers. Better World Books collects and sells new and used books online matching each purchase with a donation, book for book, and with each sale generating funds for literacy initiatives in the UK and around the world. Since its founding in 2003, the company has raised more than £10 million for libraries and literacy, donated more than 12 million books, re-used or recycled 142 million books, and achieved 44,000 tons of carbon offsets through carbon balanced shipping, with facilities in Atlanta, Mishawaka (US), and Dunfermline (UK).