English Language Acquisition State Grants

To help ensure that English learners (ELs), including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

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
Education, Idaho State Board Of $ 2,452,804   2021-07-012022-09-30
Elementary And Secondary Education, Missouri Department Of $ 5,699,968   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Alabama Dept Of $ 4,205,117   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Delaware Department Of $ 1,393,972   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education Department, New York State $ 57,301,488   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, New Hampshire Department Of $ 1,059,482   2021-07-012022-09-30
Elementary And Secondary Education, Ri Department Of $ 2,263,010   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Florida Department Of $ 51,185,896   2021-07-012022-09-30
Education, Arizona Dept Of $ 14,356,444   2021-07-012022-09-30
Department Of Education Of Puerto Rico $ 3,664,370   2021-07-012022-09-30

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

The Department makes awards to States and outlying areas using a formula based on their share of ELs and immigrant children and youth.

State educational agencies (SEAs) must use at least 95 percent of their allocations to award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to assist ELs in learning English and meeting challenging State academic standards, and for subgrants to LEAs that have experienced a significant increase in the number of immigrant children and youth.

The immigrant subgrants cannot exceed 15 percent of the SEA's total allocation.

SEAs may reserve up to 5 percent of their allocations for the establishment and implementation of statewide entrance and exit procedures for ELs, planning, evaluation, professional development activities, technical assistance and recognition.

From the amount it reserves for those State activities, SEAs may reserve 50 percent of that amount or $175,000, whichever is greater, for direct administrative costs.

Subgrantees must use funds to increase the English proficiency of ELs by providing effective language instruction educational programs that will increase ELs, English proficiency and achievement in the core academic subjects.

Subgrantees must also provide effective professional development to teachers and other educational personnel that is designed to improve instruction and assessment of ELs designed to enhance teachers' ability to understand and use curricula, assessment measures, and instructional strategies for ELs, designed to increase ELs English proficiency or substantially increase teachers' subject matter content knowledge and skills; and is of sufficient intensity and duration to have a positive and lasting impact on teachers' performance in the classroom.

Funds may also be used for a variety of allowable activities aimed at increasing the English proficiency of ELs and helping ELs meet the challenging State academic standards, including identifying, acquiring, and upgrading curricula, instructional materials, educational software, and assessment procedures, providing tutorials and academic or career and technical education and intensified instruction providing community participation programs, family literacy services and parent outreach and training activities improving instruction for ELs with disabilities; and offering early college high school or dual or concurrent enrollment programs.

Subgrantees awarded funds based on a significant increase in the number of immigrant children and youth must use the funds to provide activities that provide enhanced instructional opportunities, which may include providing family literacy and outreach activities; recruiting staff with expertise in serving immigrant children and youth; providing tutorials, mentoring, and career counseling; and identifying, developing, and acquiring curricular materials, educational software, and technologies for the purpose of supporting immigrant children and youth.

This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements (with respect to State, local, and other Federal funds) and grantees must use a restricted indirect cost rate, which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569.

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

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States with approved State plans and outlying areas are eligible to receive funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

English learners and immigrant children and youth benefit.


2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 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 excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. SEAs apply for grants by submitting a plan to the Department that describes, among other things, the process they will use in establishing standards and objectives for raising the level of English proficiency for ELs, making sub-grants to eligible entities, and holding sub-grantees accountable for meeting the objectives described in their funded applications. Outlying area applicants may apply under the Consolidated Application Process for outlying areas through which they may combine various program funds. An application submitted under the Consolidated Application Process for outlying areas must address the purpose of the grant, priorities, goals and objectives, activities, evaluation, needs, and include a budget indicating how the funds will be used.

Award Procedures

The Department allocates funds to any SEA with an approved plan. SEAs must expend at least 95 percent of their Title III allotments to award subgrants to LEAs and other eligible entities to meet the educational needs of ELs and immigrant children and youth.


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


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, Title III, Part A, Sections 3101-3131.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 days.


Section 432 of the General Education Provisions Act provides local educational agencies with a right of appeal in disagreements between State and local educational agencies, including disagreements over funding decisions. Where a local educational agency alleges that a denial of funding is 'a violation of State or Federal law, rules, regulations, or guidelines governing the applicable program,' it may, within 30 days, request a hearing from the State educational agency. Once the hearing is held and the State educational agency issues its written ruling, the local educational agency may appeal a negative ruling to the Secretary.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: The Secretary makes grants to SEAs with an approved plan based on 80 percent of each State/outlying area?s share of EL children and 20 percent of each State/outlying area?s share of immigrant children and youth. No SEA receives less than $500,000. The total amount allotted to Puerto Rico shall not exceed 0.5 percent of the total amount allotted to all States in any given fiscal year. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally, awards to SEAs are made on July 1. In addition, funds remain available to SEAs and LEAs for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure under section 421(b) of GEPA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are subject to the reporting requirements contained in Parts 76 and 80 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and 2CFR 200.

In addition, there are program-specific requirements for these formula grants: States prepare and submit reports every year on the programs and activities carried out by the SEA and the effectiveness of such programs and activities in improving the education of ELs.

LEAs that receive sub-grants from SEAs must provide States with a report every second year.

The report must include: a description of the programs and activities conducted; the number and percentage of ELs who are making progress toward English proficiency, disaggregated, at a minimum, by ELs with disabilities; the number and percentage of ELs attaining English proficiency; the number and percentage of ELs who exit language instruction educational programs based on attaining English proficiency; the number and percentage of ELs meeting challenging State academic standards for each of the 4 years after such children are no longer receiving services disaggregated.

at a minimum, by ELs with disabilities and the number and percentage of ELs who have not attained English proficiency within 5 years of initial classification as an EL..

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Contact program office.


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. All grantees are subject to the provisions of the Single Audit Act.


All grantees must maintain and complete records as provided in EDGAR and 2 CFR 200.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $684,469,000; FY 17 est $684,469,000; and FY 18 est $684,469,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 17 $91,617 - $149,996,375; $12,222,661 average.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

EDGAR; 34 CFR parts 76 and 2 CFR 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Katherine Cox Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: katherine.cox@ed.gov Phone: (202) 453-6886

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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