Florida Health Literacy Grants
Florida Literacy Coalition
Predicted deadline: Feb 4, 2022
Grant amount: Up to US $5,000
Fields of work: Community Health Education
Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity
Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach
Location of project: Florida
Location of residency: Florida
Florida Health Literacy Initiative
A statewide initiative managed by the Florida Literacy Coalition and sponsored by the Florida Blue Foundation
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.
According to the National Adult Assessment of Literacy, 14% of Americans cannot comprehend basic health information. The study indicates that health illiteracy is especially prevalent among: 1) adults who did not complete high school, with 49% having below basic health literacy, and 2) Hispanic adults, who have lower health literacy than any other ethnic/racial group, with 41% having below basic health literacy.
Adults with low literacy levels often fail to engage in early detection and preventive health care. They also have significant difficulties navigating the health care system and following their doctors’ treatment plans. Florida ranks 36th out of 50 states in the 2016 study America’s Health Rankings. The state’s greatest health challenges include a high rate of uninsured residents, a low high school graduation rate, and high prevalence of diabetes.
In 2008, responding to the need for comprehensive health literacy curricula for adult ESOL teachers and their students, FLC partnered with the Florida Department of Education to develop a student book and teacher’s guide centered on basic health literacy - Staying Healthy: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living. Since then, several additional resources have been developed including Staying Healthy for Beginners, Coping with Stress, Women’s Health and Health Careers Guide.
The Florida Health Literacy Initiative is funded through a grant from the Florida Blue Foundation and managed by the Florida Literacy Coalition. The program provides training, resources, and funding to help Florida adult ESOL and family literacy programs integrate health education into their instruction. This national award winning initiative has partnered with community providers to serve more than 16,000 students statewide, enabling these individuals to gain information and skills to make informed choices regarding their health and nutrition.
Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation are committed to improving the health and well-being of all Floridians and seek to find real and meaningful solutions to some of the most critical social issues facing Florida’s communities. Because a literate, educated, and informed society is key to our state’s overall success, Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation have made supporting family and healthy literacy programs a cornerstone of its community investments strategy.
Definition of Family Literacy Programs
For grant purposes, family literacy programs should include the following four components:
- parent literacy instruction;
- interactive literacy activities between parents and their children;
- training for parents regarding how to be the primary teacher for their children and full partners in the education of their children; and
- age-appropriate education for children.
Grant funds are used to support adult ESOL and/or family literacy program expenses over the twelve-month period beginning May 1 of application year. Appropriate administrative and travel expenses may be paid for with grant funds. Grant recipients from prior years are eligible to reapply. The ability or need to secure matching funds is not required for this grant.
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- Organizations interested in applying must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or government-based agency (such as school districts and state/community colleges) that provides adult ESOL, family literacy and/or family literacy instruction in Florida;
- Provide literacy services via classes, small groups, and/or one-to-one tutoring; and
- Commit to basic reporting requirements.
- Agencies/organizations with multiple programs/sites (i.e. library systems, school districts, community colleges) may submit up to three applications for consideration per year
- Grant recipients from prior years are eligible to reapply.
- Entities and organizations ineligible to receive a Health Literacy grant include:
- For-profit entities;
- Civic, fraternal, labor, and political organizations;
- Religious organizations, if funds will be used to educate/benefit a specific denomination or congregation or the group intends to proselytize to program participants and/or participants’ family members; and
- Groups that discriminate based on age, sex, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, or marital status.
- Non-allowable Expenditures:
- Fundraising events, contributions, and donations;
- General operating expenses;
- Expenses obligated prior to or after the grant period;
- Lobbying or attempting to influence federal, state, or local legislation;
- Capital expenditures (including acquisitions, building projects, remodeling, or renovation of facilities) with the exception of unfixed equipment;
- Bad debts, contingencies, fines and penalties, interest, and other financial costs
- Total equipment purchases of more than $1,000; and
- Private entertainment
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