Family Learning Program Awards

Joining hands by Jack Moreh

Does your library maintain a member profile on the National Literacy Directory (NLD)? If so, you may consider applying for the National Literacy Directory Innovation Grant Round 9. The National Literacy Directory aims to recognize “innovative literacy and education programs that are finding solutions to persistent challenges.” During this grant round, the NLD seeks program innovations involving whole families in learning. One or more successful applicants will receive awards in the amount of $1,000 each. The application due date is 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time on October 20, 2017.

Launched as a public service in 2010, the National Literacy Directory helps individuals find literacy and education programs and GED testing centers in their local areas. Over 7,000 educational agencies across the United States list their programs. The Directory lists over 130 New Jersey programs.

The application process is entirely online. Applicants should start on this page. Applicants may wish to review the grant application questions in advance of submission by accessing this pdf document. Questions may be directed to

The application requires brief answers (usually 200 words or less) to several questions, such as:

  • Briefly describe your organization and the specific program in which you applied your innovative solution.
  • Describe your innovative solution and how it involves whole families in learning.
  • What specific challenge or goal did your solution address?
  • What were the results?
  • How many students or families benefited?
  • How would you use the $1,000 grant?
  • Provide a quote or story from a participant benefiting from your innovative solution.

In addition to responding to the questions, an applicant must indicate its NLD Program ID and must also make three updates to its National Literacy Directory member listing.

This award is made possible by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Grants are announced by the National Literacy Directory periodically throughout the year and are available to programs with up-to-date member profiles listed in the Directory and to organizations that complete a free NLD profile as part of the grant application process.

About Eileen Morales

Throughout my career, I've helped museums and libraries in New York and New Jersey find funding sources for new projects. My favorite projects have utilized new technologies to increase public access to the photographs, diaries, and everyday objects that are not usually on display. My position as Grants Manager at the New Jersey State Library includes outreach to New Jersey libraries involved in the grant-seeking process. Email me at