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The Office of Adult Education Initiatives was established to provide support and leadership to the field of adult basic education in Colorado. To that end, AEI administers two major grants: the federally funded Adult Education and Family Literacy Act and the state funded Adult Education Literacy Act of 2014.
Each grant provides funding and support to local agencies serving adult basic education students across Colorado.
You can learn more about each grant by clicking the links below.
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act
The federally-funded Adult Education and Family Literacy Act was reauthorized as Title ll of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in July of 2014. The federal program provides grants to state agencies intended to fund local programs of adult basic and secondary education and English language acquisition in many contexts: Foundational literacy, high-school equivalency, family literacy, integrated English literacy and civics, workforce preparation, workplace education, and integrated education and training. AEFLA is currently operating under continuation funding for 2016-2017.
2020-21 Adult Education and Family Literacy Act Federal Grant Application Now Available
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Office of Adult Education Initiatives (AEI) is soliciting applications from eligible providers within Colorado to develop, implement, and improve adult education and literacy activities within Colorado by establishing or operating programs that provide a comprehensive service model for adult education and literacy services and instruction, including programs that provide such activities concurrently.
Approximately $6.5 million is estimated to be available for adult education and literacy services under AEFLA (WIOA § 222(a)(1)) for the 2020-2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021), with funding contingent on federal appropriations. As is allowable according to WIOA § 222(a)(1), AEI will set aside 15% of the available AEFLA funds (not including available Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education funds) for corrections education to provide adult education and literacy services, leaving approximately $5.6 million general AEFLA funds available for awards through the competitive grant application process in the 2020-2021 fiscal year (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021). Of this $5.6 million, approximately $880,000 is estimated to be available specifically for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) services for the 2020-21 fiscal year (WIOA §243(a)).
CDE anticipates awarding 20-30 four-year grants. Note: Applicants must demonstrate a match of 40% of the funds requested.
The Grant application requires a Confirmation of Eligibility. Only applicants whose eligibility is confirmed in the relevant proposed service type(s) will be eligible to submit an application that may be moved on for scoring consideration (if the application is complete). Eligibility Confirmations are due Monday, February 24, 2020.
Unit: Adult Education Initiatives
Release Date: January 31, 2020
An initial eligibility confirmation webinar was held Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 2 pm MT. Prospective applicants can access the eligibility confirmation webinar recording here.
Follow-up Q&A session: Friday, February 21, 2020 from 12:30-1:30 pm MT. Please call into the following conference line: 866-255-9038.
Eligibility Confirmation due: Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 11:59 pm MT.
An application training webinar will be held Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 2 pm MT.
Application Due: Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm MT
Application Cover Pages (Word)
Adult Education and Literacy Act
The Adult Education and Literacy Act of 2014 (HB 14-1085) is a state-funded Adult Workforce Partnership Initiative, administered by the Colorado Department of Education. The Act established the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) Grant Program that awards state funds for public and private nonprofit adult education and literacy programs that serve as lead agencies and fiscal agents for Adult Workforce Partnerships. AELA is currently operating in a three-year grant window.
2020-2021 Adult Literacy and Education Grant Update
The Adult Literacy and Education grant has been introduced to the Colorado State Senate for expansion. No funding opportunity is being released at this time. Updates will be posted to this site as appropriate.