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84.002 ADULT EDUCATION_STATE GRANT PROGRAM

FEDERAL AGENCY
OFFICE OF VOCATIONAL AND ADULT EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION

AUTHORIZATION
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Chapter 2, Public Law 105-220, and
Workforce Investment Act, Section 503. 20 U.S.C. 1201 et seq.

OBJECTIVES
To fund local programs of adult education and literacy services, including workplace
literacy services, family literacy services, and English literacy and civics education
programs. Participation in these programs is limited to adults and out-of-school
youths aged 16 and older.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE
Formula Grants.

USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS


The Act lists specific performance measures by which States will be assessed. These
include: demonstrated improvements in literacy skill levels in reading, writing, and
speaking in the English language, numeracy, problem-solving, English language
acquisition and other literacy skills; placement, retention, or completion of
postsecondary education, training, unsubsidized employment, or career advancement;
receipt of a high school diploma or its equivalent; other objective, quantifiable
measures, as identified by the State agency. Not more than 12.5 percent of the State
allotment may be used for State leadership activities, including professional
development; 82.5 percent of the State allotment shall be used to support local
programs and corrections education and other institutionalized individuals. Not more
than 8.25 percent of the State allotment may be used for correctional education and
other institutionalized individuals; not more than 5 percent (or $65,000, whichever is
greater) of the State allotment may be used for State administrative costs. This
program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect
cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the
Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on 202-708-7770.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Applicant Eligibility
Formula grants are made to designated eligible State agencies. State agencies shall
provide direct and equitable access to: Local educational agencies, public or private
nonprofit agencies, community-based organizations of demonstrated effectiveness;
institutions of higher education, volunteer literacy organizations of demonstrated
effectiveness; libraries, public housing authorities; nonprofit institutions not described
above that have the ability to provide literacy services to adults and families, and
consortia of the entities described above.

Beneficiary Eligibility
Out of school adults who are 16 years of age and older, who are not enrolled or
required to be enrolled in secondary school under State law, and who lack sufficient
mastery of basic educational skills to enable them to function effectively in society or
do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and have not
achieved an equivalent level of education, or are unable to speak, read, or write the
English language.
Credentials/Documentation
A 5-year State plan as provided for in Section 224 of the Adult Education and Family
Literacy Act, Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74,
76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86. The State plan shall include a certification from a
State official that all provisions and amendments thereto are consistent with the Act.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and
local governments.

APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS

Preapplication Coordination
The Director of Adult Education and Literacy will provide guidance on specific
problems and technical assistance in the preparation of State Plans. This program is
eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal
Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single
point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State
requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the
program for review.

Application Procedure
Each eligible educational agency must submit to the Secretary of Education a 5-year
State plan which sets forth the manner and procedures under which the State will
carry out activities to achieve its program objectives and priorities and fulfill the
purposes of the Act. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular
No. A-110.

Award Procedure
The Department approves the 5-year State plan and any amendment thereto and
makes allocations to the State.

Deadlines
July 1.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time


Approximately 30 days.

Appeals
States are afforded an opportunity for hearings.

Renewals
None.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS

Formula and Matching Requirements


$100,000 initial allotment to Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S.
Virgin Islands, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Palau. Allotments reserved for
Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau shall be awarded competitively pursuant to
recommendations by the Pacific Region Educational Laboratory to Guam, American
Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, or Palau. No funds
may be provided to Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau in fiscal year 2002 and
subsequent fiscal years. $250,000 initial allotment to States and the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico. The remainder is allotted to all eligible agencies on the
basis of the ratio of adults age 16 and older who are not enrolled or required to be
enrolled in secondary school under State law. In fiscal year 1999, no eligible agency
may receive less than 90 percent of its fiscal year 1998 allotment. In succeeding fiscal
years, no agency may receive less than 90 percent of its allotment for the preceding
fiscal year. The data source is a special tabulation by the Bureau of the Census. To
receive a grant, States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico must provide a
nonfederal contribution in an amount equal to 25 percent of the total amount of funds
expended for adult education and literacy activities in the State. To receive a grant,
eligible outlying agencies must provide a nonfederal contribution in an amount equal
to 12 percent of the total amount of funds expended for adult education and literacy
activities. This program has maintenance of effort (MOE) requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Funds must be expended within 27 months of their date of availability. States draw
funds as needed under the Electronic Transfer System.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS

Reports
Annual Financial and Program Performance Reports in accordance with the
provisions in EDGAR.

Audits
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27,
2003), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal
entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will
have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities
that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal
audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records
In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, as amended
by the Improving America's School Act, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Account Identification
91-0400-0-1-501.

Obligations
(Grants) FY 05 $569,672,000; FY 06 est $563,975,000; and FY 07 est $563,975,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance


Fiscal year 2005 awards ranged from $855,000 to $64,223,000.

PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS
There were approximately 2.8 million participants in fiscal year 2005.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE


Adult Education General Provisions and State-Administered Basic Grant Program.

INFORMATION CONTACTS

Regional or Local Office


Not applicable.

Headquarters Office
U.S. Department of Education, OVAE Division of Adult Education and Literacy 400
Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20202-7100. Contact: Joyce Campbell E-mail
Address joyce.campbell@ed.gov. Telephone: (202) 205-5698.

Web Site Address


http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find//AdultEd/f-ogrant.html
RELATED PROGRAMS
97.010, Citizenship Education and Training; 84.191, Adult Education_National
Leadership Activities; 84.255, Literacy Programs for Prisoners.

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS


Not applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS


Not applicable.

General Services Administration


Office of Chief Acquisition Officer
Regulatory and Federal Assistance Division (VIR)