In January, First Book launched the OMG Books Awards: Offering More Great Books to Spark Innovation. OMG Books will distribute a total of approximately $4.7 million in 33 eligible states, which can only be used to purchase books and ebooks in those states, as per a court settlement unrelated to First Book. First Book was selected by the respective 33 Attorneys General to distribute the funds.
First Book will award funding to the most innovative proposals from eligible applicants in 33 states.* Awardees will be able to select the books that will help them best meet the needs of the children they serve through the First Book Marketplace (https://www.fbmarketplace.com
), First Book’s award-winning eCommerce platform, which curates relevant new, high quality books and ebooks. Through the OMG Books
program, First Book aims to expand its reach and multiply its impact by infusing schools, programs, states, and communities with books to spark innovation and strengthen educators’ work with children in need and their families. RFP response due dates are divided into three cycles with specified states in each cycle:
- Cycle 1: February 15, 2019 (CLOSED)
- Cycle 2 (includes multi-state proposals): May 15, 2019 (CLOSED)
- Cycle 3: August 15, 2019
*Eligible states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. First Book is additionally offering opportunities for community, foundation, and corporate partners who wish to accelerate and amplify OMG Books in their communities. Please direct questions to OMGbooks@firstbook.org.
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