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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Grant Wish List” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left|color:%23ee382a” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Unrestricted donations are always welcome, however, for those individuals, companies, and foundations that prefer grant specific donations, Bright Sky Publishing has the following grants needing support.

Underwrite printing of Make Light by Karen Warlord ($30,000-$40,000)

Make Light is Karen’s second book, following her successful first book Beauty of Different (Bright Sky Press, 2010). Karen Walrond is a nationally-recognized author and photographer who inspires others to find and celebrate their own uniqueness, through the power of storytelling. She has spoken around the world appearing on CNN, TEDxHouston, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Through her books, online courses and in-person retreats, she reminds us that our uniqueness, skills and stories have the power to connect in the most beautifully different ways. Make Light is a chronicle of stories and imagery of people who make it their mission to thrive out loud—who pursue passions and new businesses and breathtaking adventures. Who hone their minds, bodies and spirits in ways that allow them to change their worlds. As you read their stories in these pages, you’ll be inspired by a new definition of what it means to “thrive”—and discover that doing the power of doing so lies only in our desire to make light. Make Light is a visual work designed to connect you with your own power to change your world—by listening to your own inner voice, identifying the gifts and passions that you have that were meant to be used to create light in your world, and also using them create light in the lives of others.

The cost of this project includes the design of the book, editing, and printing. The name of the foundation or company that underwrites Make Light, can be included in the book upon request.

Underwrite printing of Historic Texas Courthouses 2nd Edition ($70,000-$90,000)

After the Civil War, Texas was a wild frontier beyond the reaches of the law. Courthouses became symbols of progress, stability, fortitude and hope. Historic Texas Courthouses features landmark courthouses in Texas with details about the artisans, materials, methods and stories of spirited competitions by towns for the trophy of being designated “county seat.” Bright Sky Publishing is eager to create and print a 2nd edition of Historic Texas Courthouses. Originally published in 2006 by Bright Sky Press, the 2nd edition will include courthouse renovations which were not yet completed at the time of the 1st edition’s printing as well as additional courthouse features. The original printing of Historic Texas Courthouses was very successful and received wonderful reviews, including:

  • “This volume may never leave the coffee table for Texans who love courthouses—and there are legions of them.” – Southern Living
  • “Best Texas Book of 2006” – Texas Reads syndicated columnist, Glenn Dromgoole

The cost of this project includes design of the updated book, editing, additional photography costs, and printing. The name of the foundation or company that underwrites the 2nd edition, can be included in the book upon request.

Digital Conversion of the Submissions Department ($5,000)

Currently completely done by hand, Bright Sky Publishing aims to upgrade our submissions process to be completely digital in 2018! Bright Sky Publishing is one of the few publishing houses which has an open submission policy year-round. BSP receives approximately 500 submissions per year, all of which are reviewed, logged, filed, and responded to by hand.

With the technology of the company Submittable (, a submissions management software, BSP will be able to receive, review, and respond to submissions completely online. This will greatly improve our submissions process both for our submissions department and for the authors submitting their manuscripts for publication, creating a streamlined, organized, digital process.

The current cost estimation is for a 5-year subscription to the Submittable software.

Telephone System Upgrade ($2,500-$3,000)

Bright Sky Publishing aims to replace our current 10+ year old phone system, allowing for a more professional, well-functioning phone system within the BSP office.

New Computers for Additional Staff ($5,500-$6,000)

With the growth of Bright Sky Publishing comes additional staff! We will need to furnish our new employees with computers.

Reprint of Cassandra and the Night Sky by Amy Jackson ($6,000-$8,000)

This is a grant request to underwrite the reprinting of a successful BSP book that is running low on stock. We would like to reprint in order to keep this wonderful children’s book available to the trade.

Summary: After a greedy king steals all the glittering stars in the sky, a little princess who grew up in a world without stars may just be the unsuspecting hero the kingdom has been waiting for. After stumbling upon the mystery of the stolen stars, it is up to Cassandra and the help of her friends to return the stars to their rightful home and illuminate the night sky once more!

About the Author: Amy Jackson is the founder and director of Starry Sky Austin. Growing up in Houston, Texas, with NASA in her backyard, her lifelong dream has always been to become an astronaut. Jackson has a bachelor of physics from University of Houston and a masters of science teaching from Rice University. She has over eighteen years experience teaching and working with the public, and has spent the past eight years following her passion by inspiring Austin and the surrounding communities with hands-on astronomy classes through Starry Sky Austin. Jackson lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three daughters.

Reprint of Oobleck, Slime & Dancing Spaghetti by Jennifer Williams ($5,000-$6,000)

This is a grant request to underwrite the reprinting of a successful BSP book that is running low on stock. We would like to reprint in order to keep this wonderful children’s book available to the trade.

Summary: What curious child hasn’t wondered how the magicians in Bartholomew and the Oobleck created that sticky green goo or how Tomie dePaola’s clever Strega Nona makes pasta dance? In 20 terrific experiments, Presidential Award-Winning elementary science teacher Jennifer Williams turns the kitchen into a classroom as parents and children curl up to read a story, ask questions and experiment together.

About the Author: Jennifer Williams teaches Elementary Science at the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, LA. She has won the Presidential Award for Teaching and has been named Louisiana’s Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher, among many other awards. Jennifer is a Teacher Leader for the National Geographic Society’s JASON Project where she trains other instructors in hands-on, cross-curricular learning, and she is the author of many articles for Instructor magazine.