First Literacy Lab

Supporting teachers, powering innovation

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 are teacher-led and focus on fresh approaches to instruction that improve the student experience, strengthen programs, and enrich the ABE field. Allowable uses for grant funds include curriculum development, digital literacy, and program-wide initiatives. Projects have incorporated everything from poetry and theater to civics and science.

First Literacy Lab grant funding is flexible, with on-site technical assistance and support available for the life of the grant. Project results are shared with the community, and impact adult learners directly.

How to apply

The First Literacy Lab FY2021 grant applications were due on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 5:00 PM (information and applicatation at the links below). Awards were announced in June 2020. The FY2022 application will be posted here in Spring 2021.
First Literacy Lab FY 2021 Request for Proposals
First Literacy Lab FY 2021 Application

Learn About Our
Literacy Lab Grant Recipients.

To view the full list of recipients and their project descriptions, click here.

Click here to view a video of this year’s First Literacy Lab Project Presentations. 

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Need more information?
Have an idea for a grant proposal?
Please email Program Director, Bryan McCormick or call 617-482-3336 x113.