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.
- 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.