The Fondation Hachette supports eight charities which promote access to reading for all

The Fondation Hachette pour la lecture’s 2022 call for projects focused on young people and those who are disengaged or prevented from reading.

Eight initiatives stood out from among the 150 applications submitted. Each of them will benefit from €30,000 to €100,000 in funding.

The eight projects selected to receive support from the Fondation all strive to promote access to and kindle a love of reading.

The eight projects selected by the Fondation are:

  • Jeunes en librairie sponsored by Les Libraires d’en haut which operates in northern France, where it encourages young people to visit an independent bookshop on their own;
  • Numook sponsored by Lecture jeunesse : young people who have experienced setbacks in learning to read and are isolated from the culture of writing become authors over the course of a school year, by collectively creating a digital book;
  • Les Petits Champions de la lecture : a national reading aloud competition for primary school pupils aged 9 to 11, which helps reading to finally “click into place” for many children, including previous non-readers;
  • Writing workshops sponsored by Labo des histoires, the democratization of writing is an important social issue for young people under 25 in situations of severe social vulnerability;
  • The programmes run by Lire pour en sortir, which aims to help rehabilitate inmates through reading programmes and joint or individual cultural activities that they can do in their cells;
  • Mon sac de livres sponsored by Bibliothèques sans Frontières, which provides a bag of five books for child refugees in France who are attending primary or the first year of secondary school. It also encourages their classmates to learn more about the importance of helping one another and solidarity;
  • The ALPHA class at Thot Language School, which helps young refugees who are unable to read and/or write to learn the basics of the French and acquire social and economic independence;
  • “Quais solidaires” sponsored by Quais du Polar, which aims to improve access to the festival for people with disabilities and enable them to enjoy a tailor-made experience.

​​​​​​​La Fondation Hachette pour la lecture supports projects that aim to prevent illiteracy and school dropout by instilling a love a reading. It also supports projects which use reading as a tool for social integration, inclusion or rehabilitation for people with disabilities, inmates and people who are unemployed, living in vulnerable situations or illiterate. A new call for projects will be issued in early 2023 on the Fondation’s website.