P.O. BOX 2120



April 18, 2008



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Adult Education English Literacy/Civics

Education Program Competitive Subgrant Application


The Virginia 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, 2008, and ending June 15, 2009, pending the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Education. Grant awards are expected to range from $10,000 to $150,000. A minimum 15 percent match is required.


The purpose of the Virginia 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 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 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 the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described previously are eligible to apply in accordance with the requirements stated in the approved Virginia State Plan for Adult Education and Family Literacy, 1999-2004 (as amended in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008).


Localities that have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of a regional adult education program must apply for FY 2008-2009 EL/Civics funding through the regional program's fiscal agent as identified in the MOU. Individual localities identified in the MOU may not apply independent of the regional fiscal agent.  Any application submitted independent of the regional fiscal agent will not be reviewed or considered for funding.


A voluntary information session for prospective EL/Civics grant applicants has been scheduled for April 25, 2008. Details are available on the Web at under News & Announcements.


To be considered for funding, the applicant must complete a Contact Information Sheet, the Budget Workbook, an Application Narrative Form, and all required certifications and assurances. The application packet and all forms are available on the Web at under English Literacy/Civics Education. Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), May 23, 2008. The application should be mailed, commercially delivered, or hand-delivered to:


Mailing Address

Elizabeth Hawa, Director

Office of Adult Education and Literacy

Virginia Department of Education

P.O. Box 2120

Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120


Physical Address

Treina Anderson, Administrative Support

Office of Adult Education & Literacy

21st Floor, James Monroe Building

101 North 14th Street

Richmond, Virginia 23219


For further information about the 2008-2009 EL/Civics grant program, please contact Thomas Suh, specialist, Office of Adult Education and Literacy, at (804) 786-8367 or via e-mail at