Adult Education--Basic Grants to States

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Current Competitions: Awards are made to eligible state agencies on a formula basis.

Basic grants to States are allocated by a formula, based upon the number of adults over age 16, who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance, and have not completed high school in each State. (See Funding Status to view allotment tables for all fiscal years.)

The Department provides grants to State eligible agencies, which in turn, fund local eligible providers. Eligible provider means an organization that has demonstrated effectiveness in providing adult education and literacy activities that may include – a local educational agency; a community-based or fait-based organization; a volunteer literacy organization; an institution of higher education; a public or private nonprofit agency; a library; a public housing authority; a nonprofit institution that has ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals; a consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries or authorities described previously; or a partnership between an employer and an organization.

Local programs of instruction include adult education and literacy activities that:

  1. Assist adults in becoming literate and obtaining the knowledge and skill necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.
  2. Assist adults who are parents or family members to obtain education and skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvements in economic opportunities for their family.
  3. Assist adults in attaining secondary school diploma and in the transition to postsecondary education and training including career pathways.
  4. Assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in improving their English reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills, mathematics skills, and acquiring an understanding of the American system of Government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.

Courses on instruction include Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language.

The Governor of each State or Territory must submit a Unified or Combined State Plan to the United States Department of Labor which outlines a four-year strategy for workforce development programs authorized by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which includes Adult Education and Family Literacy Programs as required by title II of the Act. States submitted their WIOA State Plans in early 2016 which can be found online at Rehabilitation Services Administration’s website.

Last Modified: 10/23/2017