English for Families

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Questions? Contact:

April Myerscough
Public Programs Coordinator
[email protected]
1-727-873-2001

What is English for Families?

Florida Humanities invites public libraries to apply for funding to participate in English for Families program, a multi-week series of interactive classes for parents and children (ages 6-12) that focuses on developing English vocabulary and literacy skills through strategic and fun story reading.

Developed in partnership with the Orange County Library System (OCLS), English for Families is designed specifically to improve the language proficiency of individuals whose native language is not English (ESOL) by providing essential reading strategies needed for school-age children to achieve success in the classroom while also developing adults’ basic language skills.

Libraries selected for participation will receive extensive online training in the program methodology as well as templated marketing and evaluation materials to measure program success.

Orange County Library System (OCLS)

Funding Highlights and Key Dates

Application Deadline: August 31, 2022 at 12:00 pm EST
Informational Webinar: June 24 at 9:00 am EST. Register Now.
Funding Notification: Week of September 26, 2022
Funding Amount: Up to $4,000
Cost Share: Minimum 1:1 of awarded funds
Programming Occurs: January 1-May 31, 2023

Download Application Guidelines

Eligibility

Florida public libraries and library systems are eligible to apply. Up to four libraries will be awarded funding.


Funding Details

Libraries can apply for up to $4,000. Allowable expenses include but are not limited to honorarium and bookset for the program instructor; books for participating families; program marketing; and appropriate literacy-focused titles for general library circulation.

GrantEd Live Webinars

English for Families Informational Webinar

Date/time: June 24 at 9:00 am (EST)

Join Florida Humanities and the Orange County Library System for an informational webinar about the English for Families program and application process.

How to Apply

Read the Guidelines

Before you apply, please review the English for Families Guidelines.

Download Guidelines

Sign Up for Informational Webinar

Sign up to attend an informational webinar about the program and application process.

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Preview Application

Download a preview of the English for Families online application. This is intended for reference use only.

Preview Application

Apply for Funding

Have you reviewed the complete application guidelines and attended our informational webinar? If so, click the “Apply Now” button to begin the application process!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    Any Florida public library or library system is eligible to apply. Up to four libraries will be awarded funding.

  • How many programs will my organization host?

    Selected libraries will be required to host one series of 10 sessions each (meeting either once a week for 10 weeks or twice a week for 5 weeks). Each session should last approximately one hour and include an average attendance of 10-15 families.  The sessions must be completed during the contract period.

  • Can Programs be in-person and virtual?

    Yes, English for Families programming can be conducted either in person or virtually.

  • Will host sites receive program training?

    Selected libraries will receive on-demand, online training that will include a series of modules explaining the curriculum, program strategies, and methodology. All training will be facilitated by the Orange County Library System.

  • Will marketing materials and survey information be provided?

    Libraries will receive templated marketing materials to promote the program locally and participant surveys to gauge the effectiveness of the program.

  • Do English for Families funds require a match?

    Organizations are required to provide a minimum 1:1 match (cash and/or in-kind) may include any items that are not fully covered by Florida Humanities funding. Cost share may include:

    • Library staffing support directly related to implementation of the programming.
    • Additional materials and books provided to families participating in the program.
    • Marketing and publicity. Please note that templated publicity materials will be provided by the Orange County Library System. Marketing expenses may include print or digital outreach including social media.
    • Venue rental
    • Refreshments for attendees
    • Supplemental activity supplies (crafts, hands-on activities, etc.)
    • Technology costs such as meeting platform subscriptions, i.e., Zoom.

“OCLS is excited about expanding our English for Families program to more Florida libraries to help families develop their English literacy skills. Learning English together in a fun and engaging way strengthens family bonds and helps lay a path for individual success at work, at school and in the community.”
— Danielle King, Chief Branch Officer, Orange County Library System

“OCLS is excited about expanding our English for Families program to more Florida libraries to help families develop their English literacy skills. Learning English together in a fun and engaging way strengthens family bonds and helps lay a path for individual success at work, at school and in the community.”
— Danielle King, Chief Branch Officer, Orange County Library System

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