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Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA): Integrated English Literacy/Civics Education Program - Round Two

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits, LEAs, IHEs,
and Libraries for Literacy and Adult Education Services

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South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) - Office of Adult Education

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08/27/18 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to South Carolina nonprofits, libraries, local education agencies, IHEs, and housing authorities to help immigrants and other English language learners the skills they need to succeed in the workforce. This program encompasses training and employment services, as well as adult education and literacy programs.

Introduction and Purpose

The Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IEL/CE) program is authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA brings together, in strategic coordination, the core programs of federal investment in skill development:

-Employment and training services for adults, dislocated workers, and youth and Wagner-Peyser employment services administered by the Department of Labor (DOL) through formula grants to states; and

-Adult education and literacy programs and Vocational Rehabilitation state grant programs that assist individuals with disabilities in obtaining employment administered by the U.S. Department of Education (USED).

The purpose of IEL/CE is to assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners (ELLs) to improve their reading, writing, and comprehension skills in English and mathematics, as well as their understanding of the United States system of government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship. Eligible providers are required to integrate English literacy and civics education, in combination with integrated education and training activities.

The USED allocates IEL/CE funds to the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) by statutory formula. The SCDE must award funds through a competitive subgranting process to eligible local providers/applicants for the development, implementation, and improvement of adult education and literacy activities within South Carolina. Each eligible provider receiving a subgrant must use the funding to establish or operate programs that provide adult education and literacy activities, including programs that provide such activities concurrently.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183492

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Number of Grants:

The SCDE anticipates awarding approximately 3 subgrants in round two.

Term of Contract:

The maximum subgrant period is three (3) years (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021) and is subject to the availability of federal funds and the subgrantee meeting all IEL/CE program requirements. The 2018 subgrant budget period is July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Funds may not be carried over to the following year.

Official grant award documents will be processed annually as continuation of funding is not automatic. In determining continuation funding, the SCDE will consider the subgrantee’s evidence of a program’s effectiveness in achieving objectives, program performance, timely submission and quality of all required reports (including interim and Annual Progress Reports), and the rationale for budget expenditures. A continuation application may be required.

The subgrantee may obligate funds upon receipt of the subgrant award notice. However, no funds will be disbursed until after July 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants (i.e. eligible providers) are organizations that can prove evidence of demonstrated effectiveness in providing adult education and literacy activities; these may include:

1. A local educational agency (LEA, i.e. school district);
2. A community-based organization or faith-based organization;
3. A volunteer literacy organization;
4. An institution of higher education;
5. A public or private nonprofit agency;
6. A library;
7. A public housing authority;
8. A nonprofit institution that is not described in any of subparagraphs 1. through 7. and has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals;
9. A consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described in any of items 1. through 8.; and
10. A partnership between an employer and an entity described in any of items 1. through 9.

An eligible provider must demonstrate effectiveness by providing adult education and literacy activities by submitting:

1. Performance Record—a minimum of two consecutive years of performance data (within the previous five years) on improving the skills of eligible individuals, particularly eligible individuals who have low levels of literacy, in the content domains of:

-Mathematics, and
-English language acquisition.

b. Participant Outcomes—a minimum of two consecutive years of data and/or information (within the previous 5 years) on outcomes for participants related to:
-Attainment of secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and
-Transition to postsecondary education and training.

To fulfill the demonstrated effectiveness requirement, an applicant must submit, in no more than two pages, its performance record and participant outcomes. An applicant must submit a minimum of two consecutive years of performance data and/or information and a minimum of two consecutive years of participant outcomes data and/or information. An applicant that is unable to provide evidence of their demonstrated effectiveness in providing adult education and literacy activities will not be considered for funding, and their application will not be reviewed.

An applicant may choose to partner with other providers in order to serve multiple service areas.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Office of Adult Education will offer a pre-award technical assistance webinar via Adobe Connect on August 9, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (noon).

Registration is not required; please provide your full name when logging into the session. Participants will be able to log in 30 minutes prior to the start of the session to test their audio settings and download handouts.

While participation is not mandatory in order to submit an application, it is highly recommended.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should email a notice of intent to apply by August 15, 2018, to the SCDE’s Office of Adult Education. A notice of intent is not required but will help the SCDE prepare for the application submission and review process.

The SCDE prefers that applications be submitted online. However, if an applicant has a mitigating circumstance that prevents the online submittal of this application, the applicant must notify the SCDE’s Office of Adult Education of their intention not to submit using the online forms by 4:00 p.m. two weeks before the application deadline.

Applications must be received no later than at 4:00 p.m. on August 27, 2018. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Subgrant payments are made on a cost-reimbursement basis so applicants should have at least three months of operating funds at their disposal to implement the program to compensate for any delays in receiving reimbursement payments.

-August 9, 2018: Technical assistance webinar
-August 15, 2018: Deadline for letter/email of intent
-August 27, 2018: Deadline for receipt of application
-October 2018: Notification of awards
-October 2018: Project technical assistance session
-July 1, 2018: First year funding period begins
-January 30, 2019: Interim report(s) due to the SCDE
-June 30, 2019: Funding period ends
-August 15, 2019: First year report due to the SCDE

Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

Wendy Griffin

South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE)
Office of Adult Education
1429 Senate Street, Suite 906
Columbia, SC 29201

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USA: South Carolina