First Literacy Lab

First Literacy Lab grants provide funding for the development, trial, and implementation of innovative Adult Basic Education (ABE) resources and practices. Annual grants of up to $5,000 are open to all nonprofit ABE and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) programs in Massachusetts.

Grant projects focus on fresh approaches to instruction that improve the student experience, strengthen programs, and enrich the ABE field. There are many allowable uses for grants, including curriculum development, innovative classes, digital literacy, or program-wide special projects.

Supporting teachers, powering innovation

What makes First Literacy Lab Grants unique?

Funding is flexible.
On-site technical assistance and support is available for the life of the grant.
New practices and curriculum are shared broadly with the community, and impact adult learners directly.

First Literacy Lab FY2021 RFP and Grant Application

Proposals will be due on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM. Awards will be announced in June 2020.
First Literacy Lab FY 2021 Request for Proposals
First Literacy Lab FY 2021 Application

First Literacy Lab Project Presentations

Each Fall, First Literacy hosts a half-day mini-conference where recipients present the results of their First Literacy Lab grants. This event is free and open to anyone interested in adult basic education. Each session is brief, and networking time is built into the event. Join our mailing list to make sure you receive an invitation to next Fall’s Literacy Lab Project Presentations.

Learn About Our
Literacy Lab Grant Recipients.

The First Literacy Lab grants support many hands-on and interactive curriculum ideas. These innovative, teacher-led projects incorporate everything from poetry and theater, to civics and science.

Click here to view the full list of recipients and their project descriptions.

Ask a Question.

If you need more information about First Literacy Lab grants or have questions about an idea for a grant proposal, please contact Program Director, Bryan McCormick, at or call 617-482-3336 x113.