Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation builds a strong foundation for literacy and education. This grant provides support through summer reading programs, early childhood education programs and literacy programs for children with special needs. This grant is made possible through the sale of a special Build A Bear stuffed animal named Turner the Owl. With each purchase of Turner the Owl, 50 cents is donated to First Book, a non-profit that helps kids in need get new books. It also helps support other literacy programs throughout North America. Grants awarded through the Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation range from $1,000 to $10,000. The average grant amount awarded is $1,500. This grant is accepting applications from March until October and reviews them on a rolling basis.