Innovation Grants

The National Literacy Directory Innovation Grant of $1,000.00 provides instruction to the hundreds of adult learners who seek to improve their skills through our programs. Thank you for investing in the power of education to transform a life."

- Literacy Services of Wisconsin

Families Learning Conference

The latest opportunity in the Directory's Innovation Grant series* will send a representative from two organizations to the National Center for Families Learning's annual conference in Tucson, Arizona, on October 9-11, 2017. The Families Learning Conference will explore innovative strategies in family literacy and learning, tools for early childhood and adult educators, and best practices in parent and family engagement.

Educators, family literacy staff, school administrators, education researchers, policy makers, and library staff will find high quality professional development in over 100 concurrent sessions spanning

  • adult education;
  • early childhood education;
  • two-generation learning and family literacy;
  • parent engagement;
  • English language learners;
  • library initiatives;
  • digital learning resources;
  • research;
  • funding opportunities;
  • American Indian schools and educational initiatives; and
  • black male achievement initiatives.

This grant will include registration costs and a $1,000 travel stipend.


To be eligible, the Families Learning Conference attendee must represent a Directory program with an up-to-date member profile and will have made at least three updates to your current listing, including but not limited to social media listings, pictures, success stories, and contact information. Grant applications will also be open to organizations* that complete a Directory profile by the August 25 deadline. Additionally, applicants must agree to write one blog post highlighting lessons learned, new resources, or programmatic strategies gleaned from the Families Learning Conference.


*Only literacy and education programs listed in the Directory are eligible. Past Innovation Grant winners are not eligible. Please contact us with any questions.

About the Innovation Grant
This award is made possible by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the founding financial supporter of the National Literacy Directory and partner in literacy and education. The Directory's Innovation Grant series recognizes and rewards innovative literacy and education programs that are finding solutions to persistent challenges. Grants are announced periodically throughout the year and are available to programs with up-to-date member profiles listed in the National Literacy Directory and to organizations that complete a free Directory profile as part of the grant application process. Add your program for free at


These Directory members were recently selected to receive Innovation Grant Awards for their successful and innovative approaches to increasing programmatic reach. Literacy and education programs listed in the Directory are eligible to apply for an Innovation Grant. To join the Directory, submit your member listing here.