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2020-2023 Competitive Grant

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and
Agencies for Adult Education Initiatives

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Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

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03/18/20 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Virginia private and public nonprofit agencies, local education agencies, faith-based organizations, literacy organizations, IHEs, and libraries for adult education initiatives. Goals of funding include expanding employment and economic self-sufficiency, preparing adults to educate their children, and assisting English language learners.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to assist eligible providers to develop, implement, and improve adult education and literacy that provides concurrent services that focus on the following:

  • Assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency;
  • Assist adults who are parents or family members to obtain the education and skills that are necessary to becoming full partners in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvements in the economic opportunities for their family;
  • Assist adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and in the transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways; and
  • Assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in improving their reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English; mathematics skills; and acquiring an understanding of the American system of government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Adult Education with Corrections Education and Other Institutionalized Individuals (C&I)

Eligible providers will be required to provide adult education instruction based on identified needs of the region. Programs must also prepare adult learners for and support them in achieving successful transition to post-secondary education and training or employment. 

Priority of Services within Corrections Education and Other Institutionalized Individuals (C&I): The purpose of this funding is to support educational programs for criminal offenders in correctional institutions and other institutionalized individuals. C&I-funded instruction must give priority to serving individuals who are likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation in the program.

Funds will be distributed regionally and are expected to be used to address the educational and training needs of eligible individuals throughout the region, particularly those eligible individuals who have low levels of literacy skills, are English language learners, or are individuals with disabilities.

For required and eligible Adult Education Activities and C&I Activities, see pages 10 and 11 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below. 

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE)

The IELCE program will enable adult English Language Learners (ELL), including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, to increase their proficiency in reading, writing, and comprehension skills in English and mathematics using standards-based instruction in order to understand and navigate American systems of government, individual freedom, and responsibilities of citizenship while preparing them for unsubsidized employment for in-demand industries that leads to a family-sustaining wage. All IELCE programs must offer at least one IET; not all IELCE participants must be enrolled in this component. 

For required IELCE Activities, see page 11 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below. 

For State Priorities, see page 8 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154701

Number of Grants:

The VDOE intends to fund one adult education with C&I grant per region; IELCE grants will be awarded based on demonstrated need.

Estimated Size of Grant:

IELCE: Eligible providers for regional adult education with C&I programs as well as other eligible providers in the region may submit applications for local IELCE awards. Awards may range from $50,000 to $150,000 depending on the proposed number of IELCE participants to be served, including the subset of those engaged in the IET cohort.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization that has “demonstrated effectiveness” in providing adult education and literacy activities. These organizations may include, but are not limited to: a local education agency; a community-based literacy organization or faith-based organization; a volunteer literacy organization; an institution of higher education; a public or private nonprofit agency; a library; a public housing authority; a nonprofit institution that is not described previously and has the ability to provide literacy services to eligible individuals; a consortium or coalition of agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described previously; or a partnership between an employer and an entity described above.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Proposal Grant Award Webinar: January 24, 2020 1-3 p.m.

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Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: March 18, 2020, no later than 4 p.m.

- RFP release date: January 17, 2020
- WIOA Pre-Proposal Grants Awards Webinar: January 24, 2020
- Grant applications due to the VDOE: March 18, 2020
- Application eligibility determination and notification: March 19-23, 2020
- Applications and evaluation rubric sent to LWDB: By March 25, 2020
- Deadline for LWDBs to return rubrics to the VDOE: April 15, 2020
- Applications distributed to external reviewers: April 16, 2020
- Application panel review; evaluation of applications: May 11-15, 2020
- Announcement of grant awards: By June 15, 2020

All inquiries must be in writing and sent via email to the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Questions and answers will be posted on the Grants and Funding webpage:

Email the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education for additional necessary files, including the Excel budget workbooks.

To apply, an application must be delivered to the address in Contact Information below and received by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, attention George R. Willcox, Director, no later than 4 p.m., March 18, 2020.

For matching requirements, see page 16 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

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Contact Information:

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

Virginia Department of Education
Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
James Monroe Building, 21st Floor
101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: 804-786-4206

Grant Coverage Areas:

Adult Education services in the Commonwealth are administered through a regionalized structure. For an interactive map, see:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia

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