English Literacy / Civics Program
The purpose of the Virginia English Literacy / 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 are 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. Since electronic access to these systems is increasing, funded projects include the integration of technology in their program plans.
Competitive grant funds are used to fund priority areas.
Priorities Group 1
- The rights and responsibilities of citizenship
- United States naturalization procedures
- Civic participation
- United States history and government
Priorities Group 2
In addition to addressing the fundamental program priority, applicants are encouraged to provide EL/Civics services in conjunction with any or all of the following priorities.
- Citizenship Preparation – Citizenship preparation is designed to prepare learners to complete the naturalization process by enhancing their understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, United States naturalization procedures, and United States history and government.
- Facilitating the Transition to Adult Basic Education (ABE) – Facilitating transition of EL/Civics learners to ABE programs will allow learners to continue their education and place them on track to earn a General Educational Development (GED) credential, gain employment, or enroll in a postsecondary education or training program.
- Serving Areas with Significant Unmet Demand – Areas of significant unmet demand for EL/Civics education include those that consistently maintain waiting lists for entry into EL/Civics programs, have experienced significant growth in the number of LEP adults, have a large concentration of adults in unserved or underserved language groups, and/or have limited accessibility to nontraditional class schedules and locations.
For information on the grant application process, see Grants & Funding.