Families Lead California

As communities across California respond to the compounding effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic recession, and continuing racial injustice––all of which disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color––it is critical to build the influence and power of families to lead their children’s learning, and influence systems and policy change.

The Families Lead California initiative has two goals: to support community-based organizations that strengthen the pipeline of diverse parent leaders, and to build their power to influence system and policy changes that reflect the priorities of families with children ages 0-8. This initiative recognizes that parents know what their children need to thrive, and it is through their leadership that systems will become accountable and responsive to diverse families.

This funding opportunity is for community-based family engagement and leadership organizations. Successful applicants will be offered multi-year, unrestricted support where possible. In addition, the cohort will have opportunities to:

  • Strengthen organizational effectiveness and sustainability;
  • Co-create a network based on expanded parent voice and leadership; and,
  • Share and design strategies to support family leadership in their homes and communities, and to build parents’ power to participate in creating systemic and policy change.


Request for Applications

A Request for Applications for this initiative is open to community-based family engagement and leadership organizations based in California that engage parents of children ages 0-8. For full guidelines, please click here. To access the online application, please click here. For Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

Applications are due March 2, 2021, at 5pm Pacific Time. If you have questions that are not answered in the guidelines or the FAQs, please send them to FamiliesLeadCA@EngageRD.com.

An informational virtual session for interested organizations was held on February 16 at 11am PT. To view a recording of the webinar, please click here.


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