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 integrated English literacy-civics education programs.

Participation in these programs is limited to adults and out-of-school youths aged
16 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalent and who are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in a secondary school under State law.

See 20 USC 9202(1).
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Technical College System Of Georgia, The $ 19,873,270   2018-07-012019-09-30
North Carolina Community College System $ 18,085,476   2018-07-012019-09-30
Illinois Community College System $ 21,230,922   2018-07-012019-09-30
Education, Pennsylvania Dept Of $ 18,722,332   2018-07-012019-09-30
Mcrel International $ 4,325   2018-07-012019-09-30
Republic Of Palau $ 12,158   2018-07-012019-09-30
Education Department, New York State $ 45,302,368   2018-07-012019-09-30
Texas Workforce Commission $ 63,952,454   2018-07-012019-09-30
Education, California Department Of $ 100,012,921   2018-07-012019-09-30
Education, Florida Department Of $ 43,571,140   2018-07-012019-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

WIOA lists specific performance measures on which States are assessed.

These include: demonstrated improvements in literacy skill levels in reading, writing, and speaking the English language, numeracy, problem-solving, English language acquisition and other literacy skills; placement in, retention in, 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 or more of the State allotment must be used to support local programs and corrections education and other institutionalized individuals.

Not more than 16.5 percent of the State allotment may be used for correctional education and other institutionalized individuals; not more than 5 percent or $85,000, whichever is greater, of the State allotment may be used for State administrative costs.

AEFLA reserves a portion of the program's appropriations for English literacy and civics education services to immigrants and other limited English proficient populations.

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 that under State law are responsible for administering or supervising statewide policy for adult education and literacy, including such entities as State educational agencies (SEAs), postsecondary agencies, or workforce agencies.

State agencies must 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

Adults and out-of-school youths 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

Certification required. The State plan must include a certification from a State official that all provisions and amendments thereto are consistent with WIOA. OMB Circular No. A-87: Yes OMB Circular No. A-21: Yes OMB Circular No. A-122: Yes. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required 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 in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application: Yes OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program: Yes Program is covered under OMB Circular No. A-110: No Each State desiring to receive funds under this program shall submit and have approved a WIOA unified State plan or a WIOA combined State plan.

Award Procedures

Electronic transfer.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, (AEFLA), (Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)), 20 U.S.C. 9201 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

States are afforded an opportunity for hearings.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Formula Requirements: Yes. The formula is established in WIOA section 211. Initial Allotment: Eligible outlying areas receive an initial allotment of $100,000 and eligible states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, receive an initial allotment of $250,000. Matching Requirements: Generally, the remainder is allotted to all eligible agencies on the basis of the ratio of adults and youths age 16 and older who are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under State law and who do not hold a high school diploma or equivalent. No agency may receive less than 90 percent of its allotment from the preceding fiscal year. The data source is a special tabulation of American Community Survey (ACS) data by the Bureau of the Census. Matching Requirements: 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. The program has a nonsupplanting requirement, and therefore the applicant 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. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds must be obligated by grantees within 27 months of their date of availability. States draw funds as needed under the Electronic Transfer System. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Contact the program office for this information.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual Financial and Program Performance Reports in accordance with the provisions in EDGAR, and as approved by OMB.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports: Annual Financial and Program Performance Reports in accordance with the provisions in EDGAR as approved by OMB.

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

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

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 2 CFR 200, ?Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards,? applies to this program.

Records

In accordance with Section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act, grantees must maintain records for 3 years from the date of submission of the final Financial Status Report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

91-0400-0-1-501.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $581,955,000; FY 17 est $58,955,000,581,955,000; and FY 18 est $485,849,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 16: $100,000-$92,242,000; $10,392,000 average. FY 17: $100,000-$93,809,000; $10,392,000 average. FY 18: $100,000-$78,306,000; $8,676,000 average.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Parts 462 and 463 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Cheryl Keenan 400 Maryland Ave., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: cheryl.keenan@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-6836.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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