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Welcome to the Heising-Simons Foundation Request for Applications to Families Lead California

Families Lead California is a funding opportunity for community-based organizations that support parents to be leaders.  The goal of this Initiative is to support organizations that strengthen the pipeline of diverse parent leaders and build their power to influence systems and policy changes that reflect the priorities of families.  Before completing this application, please consult the Families Lead California eligibility guidelines.
We’d love to hear about your Organization or Sponsored Project and its work.   The form below will ask for:

  • Contact Information
  • An organizational profile, including information about the population served
  • A brief narrative describing program goals

Organization Profile

Program Information

Select demographics of people served, by percentage (if your organization does not specifically track this data, you can estimate) .  Please enter as a whole number, 15, 65...
Race ethnicity:

Population served with young children:

Home Languages spoken:

Parental Engagement:


Narrative (Responses should be limited to two (2) pages, single-spaced with 12-point font.)  

  • How does the organization/project work with parents of young children (ages 0-8) to advance equity through family engagement, leadership development, and/or organizing?  

  • How do the organization’s/project's family engagement and leadership strategies reflect the understanding of and commitment to addressing historical and current systemic barriers to opportunity?  

  • How does the organization/project currently work with families to identify issues and priorities and co-create solutions?  

  • Over the next three years, what is the vision for your organization’s/project's role in developing parent voice, leadership and power to address structural inequities families with young children face?

Thank you for submitting an application to Families Lead California! If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please notify us by sending an e-mail to FamiliesLeadCA@EngageRD.com. We look forward to reviewing your application. Finalists will be notified in mid-April and grantees will be announced in June.