National Center for Families Learning: Sharon Darling Innovation Fund Grant


Up to $30,000


Applications are due May 1, 2023


The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) works to support family success and well-being through education in the U.S.  The NCFL’s Sharon Darling Innovation Fund is currently seeking proposals to develop and implement innovative programs, initiatives, products, processes, or strategies aimed at significantly improving the status quo in family literacy, family engagement, and family leadership.

Support will be provided for programs and initiatives addressing the following objectives:

  • increasing access to and the quality of educational opportunities for parenting adults and their families,
  • increasing the number of families participating in literacy and learning activities,
  • improving the learning outcomes for children and their parents,
  • enhancing and increasing positive interactions between parenting adults and their children,
  • developing the leadership skills of parenting adults and caregivers,
  • and supporting and promoting the development of strong, positive relationships and engagement between families and schools or communities.



This program is open for organizations including

  • adult education programs,
  • early childhood programs,
  • childcare programs,
  • out-of-school time programs,
  • and school districts.

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