FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ann Arbor, MI – The Binc Foundation and Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade-book publisher, announce applications are being accepted for INDIES WITH IMPACT, an award to fund a community outreach project for an independent bookstore working with a community nonprofit or organization of their choice. One bookstore will be awarded $1,500 to create and implement a program that strengthens their local community and encourages a passion for reading. Applications will be accepted March 2 – May 2, 2020.
The purpose of this award is to provide additional resources to a bookstore so they can strengthen the robust connections they have with their community. “This initiative sponsors the work of booksellers who are striving to make meaningful contributions to their communities. We are excited to continue our efforts to bolster community engagement and literacy by supporting independent bookstores in partnership with Binc,” said Jaci Updike, President of Sales for Penguin Random House U.S.
Bookstores can work with local schools, libraries, or nonprofits. Projects and partnerships should focus strongly on community needs and the bookstore’s values and mission.
To apply, bookstores must meet eligibility in one of these categories: A U.S. retail brick and mortar store (with a substantial portion of its revenue derived from the sale of books), OR a mobile or pop-up bookstore which is open to the general public and maintains an annual average of 30 hours per week with a bookseller present. The community nonprofit or organization must be a different organization than the bookstore.
Binc Executive Director, Pam French, commented about this opportunity, “We are pleased to offer this award in conjunction with Penguin Random House for the second year. We understand the significant role every bookstore plays within their community so being able to help strengthen their community partnerships is exciting and rewarding.”
Find out more about eligibility guidelines and apply for an Indies with Impact grant here. Applications are due by May 2. The winner will be announced at the end of May.
“We are pleased to offer this award in conjunction with Penguin Random House for the second year. We understand the significant role every bookstore plays within their community so being able to help strengthen their community partnerships is exciting and rewarding.”—Pam French