Adult Education Basic Grants to States

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.



Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.



Program Accomplishments

There were approximately 2.8 million participants in fiscal year 2005.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Act lists specific performance measures by which States are 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.

Aplication 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 Procedures

Each eligible educational agency must submit to the Secretary of Education a 5-year State plan that 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 Procedures

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

Deadlines

July 1.

Authorization

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act; 20 U.S.C. 1209 et seq.

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 are 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 as of fiscal year 2002. States and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico receive a initial allotment of $250,000. 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. 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, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0400-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $563,975,000; FY 08 est $544,122,000; and FY 09 est $554,122,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Average: $10,440,129; Range: $891681 - $78,009,256.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

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

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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