The Binc Foundation and Penguin Random House have come together to foster and enrich the relationship between a bookstore and the community they serve. Through a generous donation from Penguin Random House, Binc will award funding to a bookstore that creates and implements a program that strengthens their connection to the community, enhances the bookstore’s mission, and nourishes a passion for reading. 

The bookstore must identify a community non-profit or other institution with which to partner for their proposed program. Binc will award a total $1,500 to a bookstore who create a meaningful partnership with an organization in their community.  The funds would be paid by Binc to the bookstore for implementation of the project.

CRITERIA AND ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
 

  • Applicant bookstores must be in one of these categories:

              A U.S. retail brick and mortar store owned by an entity of which a substantial portion of its revenue is derived from the brick and mortar sale of books.

              A mobile or pop-up bookstore with ongoing overhead investment which is open to the general public and maintains an annual average of 30 hours per week with an employee present

  •  Applicant store must be a member of one of the regional independent bookselling organizations and/or an American Booksellers Association member. 
  • Partnering community organization must be a non-profit 501(c)3 in good standing, a school or museum. (Excluding religious or political organizations) 
  • Community outreach partnership should be aligned with the applicant store’s values, mission, and have a strong focus on local community needs. Partnerships can include public or charter schools, libraries, museums, or local community organizations among other non-profits. 
  • Community outreach partnership should include involvement of applicant store employees and customers.
  • Proposed project must be endorsed by the store owner and they agree to be the authorized recipient for the awarded funds.
     

APPLICATION PROCESS  

  • Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2019.
  • Applications will include essay questions that will outline the scope of the community project, the demographics and number of community members served, and a proposed budget.
  • Applications will require certification of partnering organization 501(c)3 status and financial documents (Annual Budget, recent annual report, 990, Tax ID #)
  • Each application will be rated by a sub-committee made up of at least two representatives from Penguin Random House and a members of the Binc Program Committee.

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