Grant Funding Programs
The core business of the Foundation is investing in innovative and cost-effective programs. We proactively look for like-minded organizations to be our strategic partners in pioneering solutions and launching innovative programs to address the needs of identified groups and communities.

The Foundation receives a large number of grants applications each year, and all grant application are carefully assessed and reviewed based on its individual merits. Final funding will be given to programs that are innovative, sustainable and impactful.

In order to maximize the impact of the programs and build on expertise and experience in the areas we sponsor, the Foundation focuses its efforts on reading and library support for children aged 0-12. We also support programs that promote experiential learning and facilitate industry growth, including life skills training to boost self-confidence, enhance problem-solving abilities, leadership and teamwork skills among young people; and organizational support and cross-border exchange to drive industry development.

The Foundation would like to express its sincere gratitude towards each of our partners for tackling social issues together with us. Thank you for your work and support to the Foundation.
Children Reading Programs
Experiential Learning Programs
Organization and Industry Development Programs
Children Reading Programs
Mainland, China
Pass Love Charity Foundation
Program name
Dandelion Ambassador — Rural Curriculum Optimization

Program Duration
2012.12 - 2016.12

Program Introduction
By selecting a school that possesses a quality library, teachers were given customized and focused long-term training by domestic and overseas experts in education and psychology to explore the normalization and common practices of teaching and learning. In the summer of 2015, the program was renamed the Dandelion Teacher Lifelong Learning Program.


Organization website

Story Sharing
Wang Yiheng, Maths teacher,
Zhang Jia Bu Primary School, Longyou Province, Zhejiang
The Dandelion Lifelong Learning Program has become a source of motivation for the teacher’s work, and also brightened up the teacher’s life. It makes us feel that in the eyes of the Program, we are not only teachers but also living individuals. This gives us great comfort.

I did not intend to become a teacher after graduation. Nor was I interested in education initially – I felt that education was hopeless. When the Dandelion Program was first introduced in the school, the children fell in love with reading immediately. In the second year, we attempted an educational reform based on Dandelion Program’s concepts, with a lot of trials and errors. At first, we kept saying, “Impossible!” We thought we couldn’t possibly conduct classes without textbooks, or let students learn whatever they wanted to learn, or conduct classes without rules, or consolidate subject teaching. But under the guidance of the Dandelion Program, impossible turned into possible. This is no longer a superficial reform. I have fallen in love with this form of education!

Mainland, China
Read to Kids
Program name
Parent-Child Reading Club

Program Duration
2015.7 - 2016.6

Program Introduction
With the community as a platform, parents were given encouragement and support to initiate parent-and-child reading clubs in residential districts, schools, companies, neighborhood committees, cultural centres, libraries and other community venues as a way to facilitate family participation in reading activities. The reading clubs also introduced to the families a wealth of activities such as topic based picture book reading sessions, plays based on picture books, social-functional activities, reading booklists, parental reading guidance, expert seminars, etc.


Organization website
Weixin: Read to Kids

Story Sharing
She was a full-time housewife. The first time her son took part in a reading activity, he was agitated and showed little interest in reading. However, after roughly a year of participating in picture book read-aloud sessions, he could sit down and take part. The most pleasant surprise for her was the day when her son asked her to read to him. It was a magical moment for her. After that, she applied to be a volunteer, hoping to share this story with more people.

Now, she is not just a mother of a child, but a reading promoter who reads picture books to children in the community. Her life has become more meaningful and colorful. She is part of a team that has common goals and interests, and her son also has playmates that he can grow up with. She expects to continue with this endeavor – for herself, for her son, and for other children as well.

Mainland, China
Education Foundation
Shanghai Normal University
Program name
Project to Assist Students with Learning Difficulties through Reading

Program Duration
2015.7 - 2016.12

Program Introduction
This program drew on the experience of the previous project “students with special education needs” in Hongkou, Shanghai (previously funded by the Foundation) and extended it to “students with learning difficulties”. Volunteers from the “big lead young” team read picture books with children in Pingyang Primary School every week. They designed and carried out a range of promotional activities based on the themes of the picture books and the needs of students with learning difficulties. By way of “interactive book sharing”, the program enhanced these students’ interest in reading and oral presentation ability; and through promotional activities, the program improved their attentiveness and ability to learn.


Organization website
Story Sharing
Xiao Qi is a timid child. Whenever he is placed in a new environment, he would feel uneasy, unwell, or act aggressively. In order to remove his armor and better involve him in the reading activities, the volunteers paid extra attention to him during small group activities and created opportunities for him to take on the role of group leader. Through such collaborative actions, interaction between Xiao Qi and his groupmates gradually increased.

One rainy day, Hao Hao, an autistic child in a different team, became emotionally unstable. As the volunteers were looking for solutions, Xiao Qi went over to Hao Hao and whispered some words to calm him down. To everyone’s surprise, Hao Hao calmed down and even showed a smile. Xiao Qi then picked up a picture book and read it with Hao Hao. Attracted by Xiao Qi’s vivid reading, Hao Hao soon forgot about his initial anxiety and immersed himself in the story, joining Xiao Qi in mimicking the characters from the book, and laughed together with him.

The changes we see in Xiao Qi heartened us. He has grown from a child who feels uneasy meeting new friends, to a little angel who does not hesitate to help others in need!

Taiwan
National Taiwan Normal University
Program name
Taiwan Rural Schools Teacher Librarian Coaching Program

Program Duration
2016.7 - 2017.8

Program Introduction
This program gathered a group of enthusiastic teacher librarians and reading promoters to establish “The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation Taiwan Rural Schools Teacher Librarian Coaching Program”. During the winter and summer breaks, they visit rural schools to conduct training for teacher librarians to strengthen those teachers’ professional knowledge and skills in promoting reading.


Organization website
Story Sharing
Reading is a foundation for learning and nurturing competitiveness. Teacher librarians are responsible for the operational planning of the library, reading promotion and informative activities, which are instrumental to the development of students’ interest in reading and self-learning abilities. Many rural schools are keen on promoting reading but, regrettably, have limited resources and are unable to obtain subsidies, nor do they have the opportunity to participate in training programs to acquire the requisite professional knowledge and skills. Therefore, we formed the “The Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation Taiwan Rural Schools Teacher Librarian Coach Program”. In the summer of 2016, we visited five rural schools, namely Xiulin Junior High School, Hualien County; Yuandong Junior High School, Hsinchu County; Yizhu Junior High School, Chiayi County; Hua Nan Elementary School, Yunlin County; and Jinhu Elementary School, Kinmen County. We customised reading promotion courses for each of these schools. The comprehensive reading courses and sharing of teaching preparation helped strengthen the rural teachers’ practical learning outcome and ignite their passion in promoting reading. Although the summer was sultry and the classrooms were not necessarily cool and comfortable, all participants did their unwavering best in conducting research and discussions. From the bright eyes of teachers and children, we saw hope in learning. The two-day course exemplified mutual learning and teaching, and the teachers’ sharing was transformed into practice instead of remaining on a theoretical level. With the strengthening of the rural teachers’ knowledge and skills and the support and forward drive that they have obtained, countless students will stand to benefit. We believe that the seeds of reading have been planted in these rural schools and will gradually sprout and grow.

Ghana
Street Library Ghana
Program name
Sapeiman Literacy Program

Program Duration
2016.1 - 2017.1

Program Introduction
Street Library Ghana (SLG) implemented a 12 month Free Voluntary Reading (FVR) program in Sapeiman in partnership with a local NGO School. Our partnership in the community under Sapeiman Literacy Program 2016 supported over 150 children of the lower primary section of the community school to read for fun and read to play.


Organization website

Story Sharing
Andoh is a 10 year old girl who lives with her single mother in the community of Sapeiman. Like many of her peers, she walks to school each day. Due to financial stress, she nearly dropped out of school but was supported by Street Library Scholarship Fund to study at a community school. Her single mother continues to struggle to afford basic books for her.

Unfortunately, education standards are low in the community, and students there have historically recorded both poor literacy levels and poor academic performance on national basic exams. The Sapeiman Literacy Program (SLP) provided a much-needed boost for the school. With the introduction of SLP in her school, Andoh and her classmates were able to gain access to a wide range of reading materials.

''Before SLP, I had no books to read at home, but now I can borrow books from school to read at home, and when in school, I can read as much as I like. It is truly a life changing program''. Andoh said she has read 92 books since January 2016 and looks forward to reading more. The head teacher, Mr. Nana Asiamah, observed that Andoh has strong, positive and happy relationship with books, and very much enjoys reading for pleasure.

Experiential Learning Programs
Playright Children’s Play Association
Program name
Children’s Participation in Inclusive Play Space Development Project

Program Duration
2016.10 - 2017.10

Program Introduction
Inclusive Play Space at Tuen Mun Park is a key milestone in the development of children’s playgrounds in Hong Kong. Playright organized a Junior Playground Commissioner incubation (JPC) program with a series of children’s participation activities to support this movement and encourage their voices to be heard to and included. Two secondary schools are invited to participate in the program.


Organization website

Story Sharing
Two short stories happened in the Inclusive Component Workshops of JPC Incubation [email protected]

Secondary school students spent a lot of time thinking about what they want to include in the playground. However, when they had the chance to design a play component, one boy was completely blank, barely able to draw a line on paper and kept asking why he could not pair up with his classmate. He ended up copying the other student’s idea instead. One girl could point out what design she liked, but would ban that design the next second. Through the workshops, the trainers tried to pull them away from their own obstacles. The boy was required to create his own model, and was provided with the time and space to create his own model. Meanwhile the girl was provided with ample material to try out different options and create her favorite design. They spent most of the time working out what was inside their minds. Their designs may not fit all the project requirements, but it definitely met the main goal in this project – to create a design concept that genuinely comes from the child.

The children were so proud of their design:
“That [copied] design should be returned to student A.”
“I want to take back my [conceptual] drawing after the project.”

Organization and Industry Development Programs
Bring Me A Book Hong Kong
Program name
“Meet the Author” Summer 2016

Program Duration
2016.6.18 - 2016.6.20

Program Introduction
This program is aimed at providing opportunities for children and parents to meet and learn from author and illustrator, with the goal to motivate and inspire a love of reading.


Organization website

Story Sharing
On Jun 18 & 20, 2016, renowned Chinese authors and illustrators, Choi EE and Wang Zhi Min gave three large-scale talks for three of Bring Me a Book’s beneficiary schools. The talks were well received by over 600 children and parents: the majority of the children said that the program gave them a deeper understanding and appreciation of the stories and that they would read more books after the talks.

This in-school author program has brought many positive changes to the children and the schools. Prior to the event, the school librarians read the author’s books to the children at their library lessons and also stocked the author’s books in their libraries. It was clear that this helped motivate and inspire the children to read more and they were especially excited to be given the opportunity to meet the authors first-hand.

“Choi EE not only brought fun reading experiences to our students, but she also gave very practical tips on storytelling skills for our parents! Our students were very eager to borrow Mr. Wang’s books from our library after the event. Mr. Wang’s sharing has inspired our students’ creativity and widened their horizon. You can see from our students’ excited and smiling faces, they enjoyed the event very much.”

Ms Chung, Principal of Cumberland Presbyterian Church Yao Dao Primary School.

Due to the success of this program, Bring Me A Book Hong Kong plan to roll out a much larger scale “In-school Author” program for 30 beneficiary schools in 2017.