Our Impact

“We can contribute to children’s happy learning experiences by making sure they have plenty of books to borrow from their school libraries to read in class and at home.”

Mrs. Laura Bush

Since its founding in 2002, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries has provided more than $14.3 million to school libraries for the purchase of books and printed materials. Grants have been awarded to more than 2,700 schools in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and military bases.

Past Grant Recipients

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Schools must be a first-time recipient of a library grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries to apply.

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Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative

Laura Bush and U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings are shown the repairs being made at the St. Bernard Unified School in Chalmette, La., Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2006 by school superintendent Doris Voitier, which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. White House photo by Shealah Craighead
Laura Bush is shown the repairs being made at the St. Bernard Unified School in Chalmette, La., Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2006 by school superintendent Doris Voitier. Photo Credit: White House photo by Shealah Craighead

Created and raised as a separate and special fund, the “Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative,” helped rebuild school library collections affected by the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

The Laura Bush Foundation was able to award almost $6.5 million in grants to 124 schools in the Gulf Coast area between 2006 and 2012.

Receiving Gulf Coast Recovery Initiative funds does not disqualify you from applying for the LBF yearly grant. Check our full list of Eligibility Guidelines to see if your school is eligible to apply.