Call for applications! 

2021 LENA Grow Launch Funds

At LENA, we know resources and budgets are more constrained than ever as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. In response, our funding partners have stepped forward to help offset some of the program fees for new LENA Grow partnerships. Like us, our funders believe that interactions with children matter and that supporting those who are caring for children is essential right now. Not only does LENA have proven outcomes in increasing school readiness, but LENA’s indirect benefits, including increasing caregiver capacity and self-efficacy while lowering caregiver stress, support the overall well-being of children.

These in-kind grants will enable partners to get started and to scale incrementally as they are able to secure more funding. Through working with hundreds of partners across the country, LENA’s data-driven feedback and strengths-based coaching have helped programs support teachers and caregivers and improve outcomes for young children. 

What you need to know:
  • Grants are an in-kind application of $10,000* towards a LENA Grow program agreement for a new LENA partner.
  • Minimum requirements are to serve at least 12 classrooms and/or 96 children in the first year, with a minimum contract value of $20,000.
  • Ideal applicants will have plans to scale to serving more than 250 children per year 

*Larger awards may be considered depending on the scope and scale of your implementation plans

To learn more about LENA Grow, please read through the LENA Grow proposal before proceeding to the application.

To get a sense of what your budget might look like, use the LENA Grow Budget Worksheet.

To read about LENA Grow's adaptations for COVID-19, please see our recommendations for virtual coaching.

We're here to support your application!

We are excited about this opportunity to bring LENA Grow to your community. Our team is standing by to walk through the step-by-step details of implementation and answer any questions you may have about the process. Just fill out the form below and a member of our team will be in touch. 

You are also welcome to set up a call with our team to walk through the details of your implementation and streamline the application process or to reach out to us directly via email at

Proceed to application

Please note that submitting an application is not a commitment to partner with LENA and you have the option to withdraw your application at any time.