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The FFCF Program Grant committee is looking for projects that are innovative; have a sound program design and evaluation measures; have qualified staff and address the needs or challenges facing contemporary families and relationships. Projects that advance assessment, clinical practice, prevention or public education in these areas are eligible. Projects which convey and illuminate the power of human relationships through creative mediums are also considered for a portion of our awards. 



Program Goals

  • Advance the field of couples and family therapy in the above topic areas through empirical, methodological, or theoretical contribution; enhance the understanding of the evolving nature and issues of contemporary families


Funding Specifics

  • Annual grants of $5,000–$10,000

  • Grants are ongoing, so please download an application


Evaluation Criteria

  • Conformance with stated program goals

  • Magnitude of incremental contribution in topic area

  • Quality of proposed work

  • Applicant’s competence to execute the project

Proposal Requirements

  • Description of proposed project to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods, budget, anticipated outcomes, and dissemination plans

  • Format: not to exceed 10 pages (1 inch margins, double-spaced, no smaller than 11 point type)

  • Timeline for execution


Reporting Requirements

Mid-year report of financial accounting & impact of program

Final report of financial accounting & impact of program

A few examples of the variety of program grants given over the years:
My Hero Film Festival: Relationships First Award:

The MY HERO International Film Festival brings together professional and youth filmmakers from all over the world who honor local and global heroes working for positive change in the world.

Prizes are awarded to high school, college and professionals in a variety of categories including: documentary, narrative, music video, animation, experimental, and more.

The Relationships First Award  honors short films that depict, in innovative ways, the powerful and poignant connections in any type of contemporary family relationships.


Here are a few of the short films of past winners:

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Planned Parenthood - For Teens

Planned Parenthood of Orange County and San Bernardino were committed to expanding programming to ensure increased access to information and reduce barriers to care. These counties have high rates of sexually transmitted infection and teen pregnancy. This grant was given to develop the hotline which, at the time, was the first in the nation to create a toll-free hotline for teens with online chat and text messaging features. The goal was to reach teens with the technology they are comfortable with and make it easy to access accurate information at the moment it is needed. 
Teens were much more willing to ask questions about sex and reproductive health with the more anonymous chat and text functions, especially around topics that might be embarrassing to ask directly. Each hotline is staffed by Planned Parenthood health educators and information is available in both English and Spanish with Vietnamese-speaking educators as needed. In adding the text and chat functions, the usage of the hotline exploded beyond the number of more traditional hotline calls. A crucial outcome of the project was that there was also a significant increase of teens making appointments and showing up for health services in person using the texting or online chat as a point of entry.

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Intervening with NICU Families to Reduce Stress:

Intervening with NICU Families to Reduce Stress: A pilot program of an ecological momentary intervention [EMI] using Relational Savoring [RS]  

This innovative pilot study with parents having an infant admitted to Children’s Hospital of Orange County [CHOC] Neonatal Intensive Care Unit [NICU]

It investigates the degree to which relational savoring (1) reduces parents general mood/anxiety distress ; (2) enhances parenting efficacy and (3) engages the parent-infant bond. The work  is innovative in its use of EMI, a relatively low-cost intervention approach with the advantage of repeated, real-time practice of therapeutic skills. 

EMI approaches reach parents where they are, offering a convenient way of delivering evidenced-based techniques. 

Relational Savoring [RS] is a technique that enhances parents’ capacity to reflect upon positive experiences of closeness with their infants, promoting parents’ feelings of connectedness and positive emotion toward their newborn where early bonding is often hampered by the obstacle to being in the NICU.

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My Hero Teachers Room: hosts free educational resources and a childfriendly digital library that enable individuals of all ages to create, share and discover inspirational stories, art, audio, and short films with a global learning community that spans 197 countries with 20 million visitors annually.

The MY HERO Teacher’s Room provides free standards-aligned, project-based lesson plans and tools to customize and present curated content, including your students’ own work. 

MY HERO makes positive media accessible and interactive, facilitating Learning Circles with classrooms across the world. Through participating, students build skills in critical thinking, project management, research, communication, new media literacy and more.

Relationships First


A prevention program developed from a Think Tank of expert relationship clinicians and researchers whose goal was to take relational science from the clinic to the culture, elevating healthy relationships as a key to overall well-being. To teach the value of relationships and how to help people connect beyond differences without judgment with the development of a global intervention program piloted in Dallas called “Safe Conversations”.

The inspirational goal would be that someday in schools kids would be taught 4 R’s: Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic and Relationships.

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