Superintendent’s Memo #084-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 6, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Adult Education English Literacy/Civics Education Program Competitive Sub-grant Application 2012-2013

The Department of Education will make funds available for English Literacy/Civics Education (EL/Civics) activities authorized by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, PL 105-220.  Grants will be authorized for the period beginning July 1, 2012, and ending June 30, 2013, pending the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Education.  Application materials may be downloaded from the Office of Adult Education and Literacy’s Web site at:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/adulted/grants_funding/index.shtml.

The purpose of the EL/Civics program is to support activities that integrate English literacy and civics education for adult learners of limited English proficiency.  Individuals are considered to be of limited English proficiency if they have a limited ability to speak, read, write, or understand the English language; their native language is other than English; or they live in a family or community where a language other than English is the dominant language.

A school division, a community-based literacy organization of demonstrated effectiveness, a volunteer organization of demonstrated effectiveness, an institution of higher education, a public or private nonprofit agency, a library, a public housing authority, a nonprofit institution not described previously but that has the ability to provide literacy services to adults, and a consortium of agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described previously are eligible to apply.

Eligible providers who have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of a regional adult education program are encouraged to apply for FY 2012-2013 EL/Civics funding through the regional program’s fiscal agent.

An informational webinar for prospective EL/Civics grant applicants has been scheduled for April 13, 2012.  Details are available on the Office of Adult Education and Literacy (OAEL) Web site at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/adulted/grants_funding/index.shtml.

Applications must be received by OAEL staff no later than 2 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), May 14, 2012.  The application should be mailed, commercially delivered, or hand delivered to the appropriate address below.

Mailing Address
Cynthia Finley, Finance and Planning Manager
Office of Adult Education and Literacy
Virginia Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

Physical Address
Melissa Dixon, Administrative Support
Office of Adult Education & Literacy
James Monroe Building, 21st Floor
101 North 14th Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

For questions regarding the EL/Civics program or the application process, please contact James André, specialist, OAEL, via e-mail at James.Andre@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-7852.  Financial management questions may be directed to Cynthia Finley, finance and planning manager, OAEL, via e-mail at Cynthia.Finley@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2850.

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