P.O. BOX 2120
September 28, 2001
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Adult Education English Literacy/Civics Education Program Subgrant Application

The Virginia Department of Education will make $660,437 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 authorized for 19 months with the possibility that they may be continued for two additional years.

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, or increasing the number of students receiving ESOL.

All EL/Civics Education grant applicants shall include a family literacy component in the proposal, incorporate health literacy, 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 November 17, 1999, Federal Register 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 enhancement projects is $10,000, and the maximum amount is $75,000 per year.

To be considered for funding, your application must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on October 31, 2001. 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 Yvonne Thayer, (, director, at 804-225-2075 or Becky Marable, (, grants manager, at 804-225-2850.