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Who May Apply: (by category) local educational agencies (LEAs); national not-for-profit organizations; consortia of the previously mentioned organizations and/or agencies.


Who May Apply: (specifically) (1) a high-need LEA; (2) a national not-for-profit organization that serves children and students within the attendance boundaries of a high-need LEA; (3) a consortium of one or more national not-for-profit organizations that serve children and students within the attendance boundaries of  one or more high-need LEAs; or (4) a consortium of high-need LEAs.


High-need local educational agency(LEA) means an LEA, including a charter school or State-administered school that is considered an LEA under State law, in which at least 25 percent of the students aged 0-17 in the geographic area served by the LEA (or, in the case of a charter school that is an LEA, at least 25 percent of the students enrolled in the school) are from families with incomes below the poverty line based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the U.S. Census Bureau at the time this notice is published. These data are Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for school districts for the most recent income year, and are listed at the bottom of this page.

National not-for-profit organization means an agency, organization, or institution owned and operated by one or more corporations or associations whose net earnings do not benefit, and cannot lawfully benefit, any private shareholder or entity.  In addition, it means, for the purposes of this program, an organization of national scope that is supported by staff or affiliates at the State and local levels, who may include volunteers, and that has a demonstrated history of effectively developing and implementing literacy activities.

Eligible consortia are: a consortium of one or more national not-for-profit organizations and one or more LEAs; a consortium of one or more national not-for-profit organizations; or a consortium of LEAs.  The members of each type of consortium shall either 1) designate one member of the group to apply for the grant; or 2) establish a separate, eligible legal entity to apply for the grant. If the consortium decides to designate one member of the group to apply for the grant, the applicant for the group is the grantee and is legally responsible for: (a) the use of all grant funds; (b) ensuring that the project is carried out by the group in accordance with Federal requirements; and (c) ensuring that indirect cost funds are determined as required under EDGAR §75.564(e).  Members of the consortium shall also enter into an agreement that details the activities each member plans to perform and that binds each member to every statement and assurance made by the applicant in the application.  The applicant shall submit the agreement with its application (See EDGAR § 75.127-129 found at http://www.ed.gov/policy/fund/reg/edgarReg/edgar.html).


Applicant Eligibility Form

All applicants must submit the Applicant Eligibility Form and, if applicable, additional documentation confirming eligibility for this program.  During the application upload process in Grants.gov, applicants must attach the requisite form to the area marked “Optional Other”.

The IAL eligibility form is also available in the IAL FY 2012 Application.

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for school districts for the most recent income year.

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Last Modified: 03/21/2014