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Grants to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies for Adult Education Initiatives

Virginia Adult Education 2023-2025 Competitive Grant


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Funding Source
Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Virginia

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 4:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Virginia private and public nonprofit agencies, local education agencies, faith-based entities, literacy organizations, institutions of higher education, and libraries for adult education initiatives. Funding is intended to expand employment opportunities, promote economic self-sufficiency, prepare adults to educate their children, and assist English language learners.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to assist eligible providers in developing, implementing, and improving 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 become 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.

Eligible providers are required to offer all of the activities below, per the Combined State Plan and the State Priorities:

  •  Adult education
  •  Literacy
  •  English language acquisition activities
  •  Workforce preparation activities 
  •  Integrated education and training (IET)

Eligible providers may also offer the following activities, with a justification of need: 

  •  Integrated English literacy and civics education
  •  Workplace adult education and literacy activities
  •  Family literacy activities

Adult Education with 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. The 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.

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 lead 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. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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-Application Information
- RFP release date: January 6, 2023
- WIOA Pre-Proposal Grants Awards Webinar: January 13, 2023
- Grant applications due to the VDOE: March 17, 2023, no later than 4 p.m.
- Application eligibility determination and notification: March 24, 2023
- Applications and evaluation rubric sent to LWDB: By March 27, 2023
- Applications distributed to external reviewers: March 27, 2023
- Final allocations released: Upon receipt of federal estimate and final VA Acts of Assembly
- Announcement of grant awards: By July 1, 2023

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.

For matching requirements, see page 15 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

Additional information:

VA Adult Education 2023-2025 Competition Pre-Bidders Webinar (recording) - Passcode: *v5fJCSE:

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: Awards may range from $100,000 to $200,000 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, 20230-June 30, 2026

Contact Information
Email applications and direct questions to

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

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