The William Penn Foundation has a long history of investing in programs that support the early development of and improve school readiness and academic success for children. Recognizing that primary caregivers play an essential role in supporting social, emotional, and academic outcomes for children, WPF seeks to increase opportunities to support adults in their role as their child's first teacher. To that end, the foundation's Family Literacy Initiative is designed to help organizations deepen and expand the connections between adult and child literacy programming and improve language and literacy skills and practices for adults and children in Philadelphia.
Projects should embrace a two-generation approach to engaging children and families in literacy-building activities. Through the program, WPF seeks to fund up to seven three-week programs in Philadelphia focused on implementing best practices from the field of family literacy and that include explicit programming for adults and children as well as intergenerational literacy activities.
Eligible applicants include community-based organizations (social service organizations, neighborhood associations, religious institutions, childcare centers, medical providers, community development organizations, recreation centers, and other groups firmly rooted in their communities and serving families with young children); public institutions (libraries, government entities, K-12 schools, and colleges); and organizations with experience providing literacy-based programming to adults and/or children.
Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than June 29. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 10, 2018.
WFP will host an informational webinar on June 14 at 3:00 p.m. (EST) RSPV is required.
See the WPF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.