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2019 Florida Health Literacy Grant

Grants to Florida Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and IHEs to Promote Health Literacy

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Florida Literacy Coalition - Florida Health Literacy Initiative

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/15/19 Receipt


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations and government-based agencies, such as school districts and colleges, to improve health literacy in the context of family literacy and adult ESOL programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the January 11 informational webinar.


Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

According to the National Adult Assessment of Literacy, 14% of Americans cannot comprehend basic health information. The study indicates that health illiteracy is especially prevalent among: 1) adults who did not complete high school, with 49% having below basic health literacy, and 2) Hispanic adults, who have lower health literacy than any other ethnic/racial group, with 41% having below basic health literacy.

Adults with low literacy levels often fail to engage in early detection and preventive health care. They also have significant difficulties navigating the health care system and following their doctors’ treatment plans. Florida ranks 36th out of 50 states in the 2016 study America’s Health Rankings. The state’s greatest health challenges include a high rate of uninsured residents, a low high school graduation rate, and high prevalence of diabetes.

In 2008, responding to the need for comprehensive health literacy curricula for adult ESOL teachers and their students, FLC partnered with the Florida Department of Education to develop a student book and teacher’s guide centered on basic health literacy - Staying Healthy: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living. Since then, several additional resources have been developed including Staying Healthy for Beginners, Coping with Stress, Women’s Health and Health Careers Guide.

The Florida Health Literacy Initiative is funded through a grant from the Florida Blue Foundation and managed by the Florida Literacy Coalition. The program provides training, resources, and funding to help Florida adult ESOL and family literacy programs integrate health education into their instruction. This national award winning initiative has partnered with community providers to serve more than 16,000 students statewide, enabling these individuals to gain information and skills to make informed choices regarding their health and nutrition.

Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation are committed to improving the health and well-being of all Floridians and seek to find real and meaningful solutions to some of the most critical social issues facing Florida’s communities. Because a literate, educated, and informed society is key to the state’s overall success, Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation have made supporting family and healthy literacy programs a cornerstone of its community investments strategy.

Definition of Family Literacy Programs:
For grant purposes, family literacy programs should include the following four components: 1) parent literacy instruction; 2) interactive literacy activities between parents and their children; 3) training for parents regarding how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education of their children; and 4) age-appropriate education for children.

Curriculum and Materials:
While applicants are encouraged to incorporate the Staying Healthy curriculum and materials into their programs, either solely or in conjunction with other guides/materials, they are not required to do so. Should applicants choose to use the Staying Healthy materials, up to 80 complimentary copies of the Staying Healthy: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living or Staying Healthy for Beginners student book will be provided. Teacher’s guides are freely available to download online. Organizations/programs that field-tested the Staying Healthy curriculum found that a minimum of 22 hours of instruction was often needed to complete the curriculum. Please note that neither curriculum is well suited for low beginning level students. Click here to view online copies of each curriculum.

Project-based Learning:
Project-based learning (PBL) is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real- world problems and issues. PBL activities engage and empower students to utilize the information they learned in the classroom and apply it in a larger context. It can also be effective method to help students develop literacy, English language and critical thinking skills. Click here to learn more about project- based learning and to view sample adult learner classroom projects.

Collaboration and Partnerships:
Applicants are highly encouraged to address/include events and opportunities for outside partners to interact with instructors and students as part of their health literacy program/proposal. Grant funds may be used for related costs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168560

Number of Grants:

At least 14 grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Grant support program expenses over the twelve-month period beginning May 1, 2019 and ending April 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations interested in applying must:
-Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or government-based agency (such as school districts and state/community colleges) that provides adult ESOL and/or family literacy instruction in Florida;
-Provide literacy services via classes, small groups, and/or one-to-one tutoring; and
-Commit to basic reporting requirements.

Entities and organizations ineligible to receive a Health Literacy grant include:
-For-profit entities;
-Civic, fraternal, labor, and political organizations;
-Religious organizations, if funds will be used to educate/benefit a specific denomination or congregation or the group intends to proselytize to program participants and/or participants’ family members; and
-Groups that discriminate based on age, sex, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, or marital status.

NOTE: Agencies/organizations with multiple programs/sites (i.e. library systems, school districts, community colleges) may submit up to three applications for consideration per year.

Grant recipients from prior years are eligible to reapply.

Non-allowable Expenditures:
-Fundraising events, contributions, and donations;
-General operating expenses;
-Expenses obligated prior to or after the grant period;
-Lobbying or attempting to influence federal, state, or local legislation;
-Capital expenditures (including acquisitions, building projects, remodeling, or renovation of facilities) with the exception of unfixed equipment;
-Bad debts, contingencies, fines and penalties, interest, and other financial costs; and
-Private entertainment.

Pre-proposal Conference:

You are invited to attend the prospective applicant webinar/conference call on January 15th from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM.

The agenda will include an overview of the grant application process as well as Q/A with staff.

Participation is optional but strongly encouraged.

Register for the January 15 Webinar at:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by February 15th, 2019. Application proposals and supporting documents MUST be submitted electronically.

Grant recipients will be notified via e-mail in April. One representative from each awarded organization will be invited to participate in a mandatory meeting and recognition program during the 35th Annual Florida Literacy Conference on May 1, 2019 at Plaza Resort in Daytona Beach.

In addition, representatives will also be invited to participate in a recommended health literacy pre-conference training to be held April 30th.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For more information about the guidelines or if you have difficulty submitting the application, please contact:

Heather Surrency
407-246-7110, ext. 209

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida