Florida Literacy CoalitionFlorida Literacy CoalitionFlorida Literacy Coalition


Grant Program


Florida Financial Literacy Initiative Grant Program, presented by Wells Fargo and the Florida Literacy Coalition
Wells Fargo logoFlorida Literacy Coalition logo

The Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) is proud to partner with Wells Fargo in establishing a statewide financial literacy program for students in adult education/literacy, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and family literacy programs. This initiative supports the integration of literacy and math instruction and financial education, promoting a contextualized approach to learning.

2021 Financial Literacy Request for Proposals

We are pleased to continue the Florida Financial Literacy Initiative into its 8th year, providing grants to advance financial literacy in adult ESOL and family literacy programs. Through the generous support of Wells Fargo, at least 8 grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in December 2021.

Application Process

The 2021 Call for Applications is now closed. Please check back later for news and updates about the Financial Literacy Grant Program.

Application Template (docx)
Guidelines (pdf)
Checklist (pdf)
FAQs (pdf)

2021 Grant Application Webinar

An infomational webinar for potential grant applicants was held on Friday, October 15th. FLC staff provided an oveview of the Florida Financial Literacy Initiative and the grant application requirements.


Florida Financial Literacy Initiative Grant Recipients

Initiative Results

2019-20 Florida Financial Literacy Initiative End-of-Year Results

Eight mini-grants were dispersed to organizations throughout Florida in a competitive process for the 2019-20 program year. During this year, more than 650 students were served through the Initiative. This brings our total number to 5,203 students served.

Florida Financial Literacy Initiative Results 2019-20

Reporting Documents and Guidelines


Financial Literacy grantees are asked to submit a mid-year and end of year report. The guidelines and deadlines are listed below. In addition to the narrative (which should be submitted digitally), grantees are asked to submit data collection forms after a course has been completed. Contact Heather Surrency for more information.

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning (PBL) is a collaborative approach to teaching in which learners are placed in realistic situations that require them to actively use the skills and information they have gained in the classroom to accomplish the project goals.

This type of learning helps students to acquire a deeper understanding of topic. The best projects are those that have an impact outside of the classroom so students feel that their efforts are making a difference for others. The benefits of PBL include:

  • Improves student confidence
  • Provides the opportunity to practice skills, problem-solving, and communication in a safe environment.
  • Increases personal and professional success
  • Illustrates connection between the classroom and real life experiences
  • Provides the instructor with feedback on the effectiveness of lesson plans
  • Meets the needs of learners with varying skill levels and learning styles

Examples of PBL Activities

Financial Reality Fair

  • Experiential learning activity in which students apply the financial literacy information and skills gained in class. Students visit different booths to obtain needed services and budget for what they can afford based on their assigned income.
  • Invite community partners to host information booths that give students the opportunity to sign-up for bank accounts, choose health care policies, apply for a job, find affordable housing and budget for other needs including utilities, groceries, daycare, cell phones, etc.
  • http://www.mcun.coop/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/MCU_RealityFair_Toolkit.pdf

Mock Bank Simulation

  • Set up a mock bank in which students play the roles of bank teller, loan officer, account managers, customers, etc.
  • Customers will be required to open a new accounts, deposit money, withdraw money, and write checks. Bank employees will be required to explain the process to the customer and process all transactions.

Group Research Projects

Student Store Project

  • Have students set up a mock store in order to practice budgeting and money management skills.
  • Students at Broward County Community Schools developed a Village Boutique thrift store, which provided students with the opportunity to design and stock the boutique as well as to use their new financial literacy skills to save and budget to buy items at the store. Visit https://padlet.com/nicole_laine/villageboutique2017 for more information and photos of this innovative project.


The Initiative is committed to assisting grantees to deliver financial literacy information in both virtual and in-person learning environments. Additional curriculum materials, classroom activities and assessments are being developed to address instruction needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.



The Florida Literacy Coalition thanks the Florida
Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education
for making this site possible.

.Florida Literacy Coalition
..235 Maitland Ave. S #102

Maitland, FL 32751
..Phone: (407)-246-7110
..Fax: (407)-246 - 7104

Florida Literacy Hotline
(800) - 237 - 5113