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The First Lady's Family Literacy Initiative for Texas-Family Literacy Program Implementation and Trailblazer Grants

Grants for Programs Supporting Literacy in Texas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Barbara Bush Texas Fund for Family Literacy.

Deadline Date:

03/05/12 5:00 PM


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Grants are available for non-profit organizations in Texas for programs and projects that increase literacy in all sectors of society. The goal of the funding is to create programs that involve the entire family unit in the literacy program so that parents and children work together to encourage literacy at a very young age.

Up to ten Implementation Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to Texas organizations to:

-Help create a family literacy program, i.e. one that offers three integrated components:
* adult literacy education (basic literacy, GED® Test preparation, or English as a Second Language) for parents or primary caregivers,
* pre-literacy or literacy instruction for young children (ages birth through grade 3) of those adults, and
*interactive literacy activities for the young children together with their parents or primary caregivers.

- Expand an existing literacy program that works with only one generation so that a complete family literacy program (including the required components named above) can be created.

- Allow for an innovative project within an existing family literacy program.

- Replicate a successful family literacy program with a new population or in a new location.

The new Trailblazer Grant of up to $50,000 per year for three consecutive years will be awarded to no more than three organizations. Their term of funding will extend for a total of three years, pending an annual review by leadership of The First Lady's Family Literacy Initiative for Texas.

* Trailblazer Grant organizations will be selected from among 2012-2013 Implementation Grant recipients that have operated a family literacy program of proven effectiveness for a minimum of four years.
* After Implementation Grant awards are announced in May 2012, eligible organizations from that group will be offered the additional opportunity to apply for a longer-term funding commitment in the form of a Trailblazer Grant.
* In exchange for a longer-term funding commitment, Trailblazer Grant programs will be expected to share their practices and experiences through a variety of outreach or professional development activities and mentorship of less-experienced family literacy programs.
* Trailblazer Grants will be selected based on quality, specific approach to family literacy, population served, geographic location, and creativity and value of proposed outreach activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 126799

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Term of Contract:

Services must be offered to families by September 15, 2012 and end by June 30, 2013.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for Implementation Grants must:
be a local educational agency; non-profit 501(c)(3) organization; community-based organization; public institution; correctional agency; or a consortium of these agencies.

Eligible applicants for Implementation Grants must:

already provide adult literacy, early childhood, or intergenerational literacy activities as part of their organizational mission.

Eligible Implementation Grant proposals must describe programs that:

- begin offering services to families by September 15, 2012 and end by June 30, 2013;
- include reading instruction for parents and/or primary care-givers; developmentally appropriate reading, pre-reading, or language development for their children; and a specific parent/child literacy component during which parents and children learn and read together (PACT - parent and child together time);
- serve parents along with their children who are of the ages from birth through 3rd grade;
- measure adult progress using an adult education National Reporting System-approved assessment instrument (See NRS Assessment Database click here); and
- assess children’s development using an age-appropriate standardized assessment or screening instrument (see Guidance on Early Childhood Assessment for Texas Even Start Coordinators

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Emily Seeber or Harriet Smith
Phone: 800-441-READ(7323)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas