Hi! I was just asked a great question which I think all of you may want to know the answer to.
Q: We want to make the following three changes to our 2015 Ready to Read Grant. Are these just shifting funds among items in the budget on our application which we can do without requesting approval to change our grant or are they changes that need your approval?
1) With approx. $400 leftover in our contacted program budget for SRP, I’d like to shift this and use to purchase supplies for passive activities to be used at all 11 of our branches throughout the summer.
2) SRP Prize incentives – We had budgeted for this. Instead of a lot of small cheap prizes, we’d like to purchase 2 Kindles for each branch as a grand prize in 2 age categories.
3) Staffing – Should we not be able to use all our SRP staffing budget this summer, would we be able to divert that to use for EL programming in the Fall? And if so, could that be used for in-house storytimes? Currently our early literacy grant-funded activities are related to outreach programs, not in-house storytime.
A: The first two things are just shifting funds among the budgeted items already in your grant application—you are still using the grant to fund SRP incentives and SRP programs, you’re just changing the type of incentives and type of programs which is okay to do at any time without letting me know or getting approval for the change.
The third thing is a real change to grant-funded activities because you are adding in-house early literacy programs which weren’t included in the grant application. You need to request and receive from me for this change before implementing it.
Please let me know if you have any other questions about the Ready to Read Grant.
Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301