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Apply for A Jan Stauber Grant

up to $500 per award in 2015!


  • To provide needed financial assistance to persons and organizations developing literacy programs and other educational experiences that will introduce young people to Sherlock Holmes.


  • Encourage young people to read;
  • Introduce young people to Sherlock Holmes and, in particular, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories;
  • Provide needed financial support in the form of grants to support projects introducing more young people to Sherlock Holmes;
  • Reach out both to current Holmes fans and non-Sherlockians, encouraging them through financial assistance to develop such projects; and
  • Honor Jan Stauber’s work introducing young people to Sherlock Holmes. (That's her picture above and she was the first winner of the Beacon Award.)

Target Audience

  • Elementary, Middle School, and Upper School Teachers (public and private) in the USA and Canada
  • Librarians (school, public libraries, etc.) in the USA and Canada
  • Enthusiasts of detective/mystery fiction who are active in organizations involving young people, such as scouting
  • Sherlockian Holmes Societies in the USA and Canada


  • Applications for funding may be sent at any time, but must be received by 1 May 2015.
  • Late applications will not be considered.

Past Winners

Click for examples of some projects funded in the past and also look under Age Groups in our "Projects" section. Elizabeth Ketelle, a 2010 winner from California, sent us a section from the school newspaper about their project. Susan Singer, a 2010 winner from Kentucky, used The Hound of the Baskervilles for 8th graders to study Holmes as a CSI. Matthew Stark, a 2010 winner from rural Alaska, reported on his mystery story podcast project for grades 2-8. Janelle Kelly, a 2011 winner from South Dakota, used Teen Read Week to focus on Sherlock Holmes for grades 6-8. Linda Marchisio and Mary Rose Katuzney, 2011 winners from Connecticut, shared their program for grades 11 and 12, Literature in Forensics on their wiki site. Andrea Coulter, 2012 winner from Minnesota, got additional PTA funding to help her introduce 4th graders to Sherlock Holmes. Phillip McAndrew, 2012 winner from Tennessee, held a Battle of the Books for young adults at the public library. Marie Wright of The River School in Washington DC led hearing and non-hearing 3rd graders "Sleuthing Through Books" in 2012.

Application Form for the year beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016

Jan Stauber Grant Application 2015 (pdf) Download Application Form
(PDF / 159 KBytes / 5 pages)
Jan Stauber Grant Application 2015 (MS Word) Download Application Form
(MS Word format/285 KBytes /5 pages)
  • Completed applications should be returned to:
  • The Beacon Society
  • c/o Allan Devitt
  • 16W603 Third Ave.
  • Bensenville, IL 60106-2327
  • OR adevitt@comcast.net