Adult Education_National Leadership Activities

To support applied research, development, demonstration, dissemination, evaluation, and related activities that contribute to the improvement and expansion of adult basic education nationally.

Examples of Funded Projects

Funds have been provided for: (1) Evaluations of "what works" for adult basic education and English as a second language programs; (2) conducting an evaluation of Section 353 State set-aside program; (3) conducting an evaluation of the AEFLA set-aside for corrections education; and (4) an evaluation of a distance learning initiative, Crossroads Cafe.

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

Projects supported by this program will generate reports of use to practitioners, researchers, and policy makers and will provide technical assistance to adult education programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To support projects for the improvement and expansion of adult basic education nationwide.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restriced indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 75.563.

For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on 202-708-7770.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Postsecondary education institutions, public or private agencies or organizations, or consortia of these institutions, agencies, or organizations are eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Basic education and literacy programs for adults seeking to obtain an education at the primary or secondary levels will benefit through national evaluation, leadership and/or technical assistance efforts.


Legal signature by a designated official on the application or proposal. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs will also be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit institutions.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Department of Education and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

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 when applying for a competitive grant.

Application Procedures

Applications must be prepared and submitted to the Department of Education in accordance with program announcements and established deadlines which are published in the Federal Register. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Proposals or applications are reviewed in accordance with regulations for the Adult Education Act. After negotiation, a notification for award is sent to the successful recipient.


Requests for proposals for contract competitions are published in the Commerce Business Daily. Grant proposals deadlines are published in the Federal Register. Contact the program office for more information.


Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Section 243, as amended, Public Law 105-220, 20 U.S.C. 1213-1213d.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 120 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funding will usually cover a 12 to 18-month period.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial status and performance reports required by the Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 75.720.

Specific reporting requirements are contained in the award document.


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. Nonprofit organizations shall have an audit made in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-110.


In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, grantees must maintain records for three years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $9,005,000; FY 08 est $6,878,000; and FY 09 est $14,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies considerably by project.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations are found in 34 CFR 460 and 34 CFR 75.730-75.734.

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., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-7240. Contact: Christopher Coro, E-mail: Telephone: (202) 245-7717.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications should address each criterion: (1) Plan of operation; (2) quality of key personnel; (3) budget and cost-effectiveness; (4) evaluation plan; (5) adequacy of resources; (6) national need; and (7) adequacy of resources. Contact the program office for additional information.

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