P.O. BOX 2120



August 22, 2003



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Adult Education English Literacy/Civics Education Program Subgrant Application Packet



The Virginia Department of Education will make funds available for English Literacy/Civics Education projects authorized by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, Adult Education State Grants Program PL 105-220. Grants will be awarded from December 1, 2003, through September 30, 2005.


The purpose of the Virginia EL/Civics Education program is to support projects that demonstrate effective practices in providing and increasing access to English literacy programs linked to civics education. Participants should be able to increase their English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to understand and navigate governmental, educational, and workplace systems and key American institutions such as banking and health care. New classes may be started or existing programs may be enhanced by incorporating civics education into existing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, conducting outreach activities, increasing the number of students receiving ESOL services, or conducting research related to effective practice.


All EL/Civics Education grant applicants shall incorporate and use technology as a major delivery system.


School divisions, postsecondary institutions, and private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organizations that have historically served populations described as English for speakers of other languages are eligible applicants in accordance with the eligibility requirements stated in the Federal Register, dated November 17, 1999, and the approved Virginia State Plan for Adult Education and Family Literacy, 1999-2004. Recipients should show how they would work together with other state and local agencies in delivering services without duplicating existing services.


The minimum amount to be provided for program projects is $25,000, and the maximum amount is $150,000 for the entire award period.


To be considered for funding, your application must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 10, 2003. The application should be submitted to:


Dr. Yvonne V. Thayer, Director

Office of Adult Education and Literacy

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120


The application may be hand delivered to:


Office of Adult Education and Literacy

Virginia Department of Education

101 N. 14th Street

James Monroe Building, 21st Floor

Richmond, Virginia 23219


For further information, please contact Anita Prince, (, program improvement

specialist, at 804-371-7852 or Becky Marable, (, grants manager, at 804-225-3349.