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PluggedInVA Grant

Grants to Virginia Colleges, School Divisions, and Literacy
Organizations for Workforce Readiness Programs

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Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Deadline Date:

06/22/21 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $35,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to Virginia community colleges, school divisions, and literacy organizations for workforce readiness programs. Grant types include capacity building, implementation, and maintenance. This year's priority is to use the PluggedInVA grant program to support the needs of underserved populations, especially those with low labor force participation rates and those who have been under- and unemployed during the COVID-19 economic downturn.

The PluggedInVA grant program is built upon a career pathways approach that prepares adults with the workforce training and education they will need to succeed in high-demand, high-wage careers. In partnership with local employers and postsecondary and training institutions, the program provides concurrent academic instruction and industry-specific technical training while simultaneously supporting students with career coaching in a cohort model. Learners in a PluggedInVA cohort earn a secondary credential (if needed), strengthen their academic skills for higher education and training, and earn digital literacy and occupational credentials. Working closely with local employers, students participate in work-based learning and are prepared for employment within a career pathway.

Eligible applicants should propose activities that integrate education, workforce preparation (as defined in WIOA), and industry-specific technical training within the PluggedInVA model for learners eligible for adult education services. Applicants should propose to braid funding with Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) grants, either adult basic or secondary education, correctional education, or integrated English literacy and civics education funds. In this way, the individuals are eligible to be considered adult education students in the state management information system.

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GrantWatch ID#: 139012

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000 Grant Funding:
- Implementation Grant: Cohorts in industry sectors not addressed in previous cohorts and new applicants
- Capacity-Building Grant: Two or more cohorts of at least 10 per cohort (same or different occupational focus)

Up to $35,000 Grant Funding
- Maintenance Grant: Continuation of an existing cohort or a repeat of a previously held industry-specific cohort

Term of Contract:

The period of performance for this grant is July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are school divisions, community-based literacy organizations, and community colleges that operate within a regional adult education program and are receiving Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), title II adult education funds for the 2021-2022 program year. Under state law, lottery funds can be allocated to local school divisions only. Therefore, if the entity applying for funds is not a school division, it must collaborate with a school division in the region to serve as fiscal agent for the PluggedInVA grant funds. A letter of cooperation from the school division that will serve as the fiscal agent must be submitted with the application. All efforts in a region should be coordinated with the knowledge of the regional adult education program manager. A letter of cooperation from the Regional Program Manager confirming knowledge of the proposal must be submitted with the application.

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions must be received by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education no later than 4 p.m., June 22, 2021.

The VDOE provides funds to grant recipients on a cost-reimbursement basis only.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Inquiries and applications must be emailed to

For questions concerning the PluggedInVA grant, please contact Ms. Jenna Kelly, Adult Career Pathways Specialist, at or by telephone at (804) 371-7852.

Virginia Department of Education
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
James Monroe Building, 21st Floor
101 North 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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