City National accepting grant applications |

City National accepting grant applications

Staff Reports

City National Bank is accepting applications for grants to support literacy-based projects at public and private elementary, middle and high schools in Nevada, California and New York.

This is the seventh consecutive year that City National has been offering literacy grants to educators in its service area.

Educators interested in applying for a literacy grant can access an online application by visiting Any full-time teacher, librarian or administrator at schools in counties where City National has offices is eligible to apply. The counties in Nevada include Carson City, Clark, Douglas and Washoe.

Approximately 100 grants totaling up to $75,000 may be awarded. Grants will provide up to $500 for the recipients to create, augment or expand literacy projects that are judged to be creative and engaging, and that may help improve student achievement. Awards can be used for books, videos, CDs, DVDs, computer software or hardware, or in other ways so long as the recipient shows that the project for which funds are sought will support literacy.

City National’s Reading is The Way Up literacy program will award the grants. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30, and awardees will be notified early next year. Grant funds must be expended by Dec. 31, 2012.

“This is our seventh year of offering teachers the opportunity to apply for funding that would help them develop more literacy projects in their classrooms,” said Carolyn Rodriguez, vice president and program administrator for City National. “Literacy is one of the key building blocks to educating our children, and with all of the cutbacks in state education budgets, the need for this type of grant program is paramount for teachers today.”

Applicants from the same school may apply individually or as part of a team. Each team may receive up to $1,500.

In one case, an elementary school used the funds to make 20 Galileo telescopes to facilitate the use of reading, writing, math, engineering and science skills. In another, funds were used to create a reading fluency and comprehension program through the use of technology.

For more information about the program, visit or send an e-mail to