Burton Book Fund

2020-2021 Academic Year

Since its inception in 2013, the Burton Book Fund has provided $1.9 million to cover textbooks and critical needs costs to over 7,700 current and former foster youth attending colleges in California. The goal of the Burton Book Fund is to promote college success among current and former foster youth by helping offset the high cost of textbooks and by encouraging their engagement and contact with campus support professionals.

Each academic year, the Burton Book Fund is administered through the campus support representatives who submit an application to participate.  Upon their application submission, John Burton Advocates for Youth provides campus support representatives with a student application template to award book funds to their students. Those approved for the Burton Book Fund will receive $200 for the academic year to purchase their college course materials.

A Look at the Year Ahead…

  • May 5, 2020

  • May 25, 2020

    Deadline for Campus Applications to Participate during the 2020-2021 Academic Year

    Campuses who would like to participate must submit an application by May 25, 2020 in order to participate in the Burton Book Fund.

  • June 1, 2020

    Contracts Disbursed by JBAY

    A link to complete a Grantee Contract will be sent out, along with the monetary amount that each campus has been awarded.

  • July 1, 2020

    Campus Contracts Due

    Signed Contracts and w-9 due to JBAY.

  • July 27, 2020

    Grants Checks Disbursed

    JBAY mails out grant checks to all institutions who successfully completed and returned the Grant Agreement.

  • May 15, 2021

    Grant Report and Survey Due

    As part of the grant agreement, all participating campuses are required to submit a short (template provided by JBAY) grant report, and completed survey.

  • May 15, 2021

    Unused Funds Due Back to JBAY

    Additionally, if Grantees do not disburse their entire award amount to eligible students, the leftover balance must be returned to JBAY by check.