P.O. BOX 2120




June 29, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Adult Education English Literacy/Civics

Education Program Competitive Subgrant Application Packet


The Virginia Department of Education will make funds available for English Literacy/Civics Education (EL/Civics) projects authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, Adult Education State Grants Program PL 105-220. Grants will be authorized for 11 months, beginning August 1, 2007, and ending June 30, 2008, pending the availability of funds from the United States Department of Education. All current grantees that intend to reapply for EL/Civics funding must complete the attached competitive application to be eligible for funding. Grants will range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $150,000.


The purpose of the Virginia EL/Civics Education program is to provide or increase access to English literacy programs linked to civics education for learners of limited English proficiency. Individuals of limited English proficiency are those who have a limited ability to speak, read, write, or understand the English language; whose native language is other than English; or who live in a family or community where a language other than English is the dominant language. As a result of participating in EL/Civics classes, adult learners should be able to understand and navigate governmental, educational, and workplace systems and key American institutions, such as banking and health care, by increasing their English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Because electronic access to these systems is increasing, EL/Civics activities must include the integration of technology.


A local education agency; a community-based literacy organization of demonstrated effectiveness; a volunteer organization of demonstrated effectiveness; an institution of higher education; a public or private nonprofit 501(c)(3); a library; a public housing authority; a non-profit institution that is not described previously and has the ability to provide literacy services to adults and families; and a consortium of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described previously 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, as revised in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Applicants should demonstrate how they would work together with other state and local agencies in delivering services without duplicating existing services.


To be considered for funding, the attached application package must be postmarked by midnight or hand delivered no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 26, 2007. The application, including narrative, assurances, and budget workbook, should be submitted to:


Elizabeth Hawa, 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

James Monroe Building, 21st Floor

101 N. 14th Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219


For further information, please contact Thomas Suh, specialist, Office of Adult Education and Literacy, via e-mail at or telephone (804) 786-8367.