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Adult Education - Basic Grants to States

Number: 84.002
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
84.002 Adult Education - Basic Grants to States
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Department of Education
Authorization (040):
Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, (AEFLA), (Title II of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998), 20 U.S.C. 9201 et seq.
Objectives (050):
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).
Types of Assistance (060):
FORMULA GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
The Act 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 8.25 percent of the State allotment may be used for correctional education and other institutionalized individuals; not more than 5 percent (or $65,000, whichever is greater) of the State allotment may be used for State administrative costs. Annual appropriations have in recent years set aside an amount that is reserved for English literacy and civics education services to immigrants and other limited English proficient populations. In FY12, the amount was $75 million. 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 (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
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 (082):
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 (083):
A 5-year State plan as provided for in Section 224 of the AEFLA, Education Department General Administrative Regulations, 34 CFR 74, 76, 77, 79, 80, 81, 82, 85, and 86 and 34 CFR Part 462. The State plan must include a certification from a State official that all provisions and amendments thereto are consistent with the Act. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
The Director of Adult Education and Literacy will provide guidance on specific problems and technical assistance in the preparation of State Plans. 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. 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 (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Each eligible educational agency must submit to the Secretary of Education a 5-year State plan that sets forth the manner and procedures under which the State will carry out activities to achieve its program objectives and priorities and fulfill the purposes of the Act.
Award Procedure (093):
The Department approves the 5-year State plan and any amendment thereto and makes allocations to the State each July 1.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 60 to 90 days.
Appeals (096):
States are afforded an opportunity for hearings.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: 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 (102):
Funds must be obligated 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 (110)
Reports (111):
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 (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
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 (120)
Obligations (122):
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $594,993,333; FY 13 est $563,954,515; and FY 14 est $594,993,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
FY 12: $22,878-$90,933,921; $10,254,174 average.
FY 13: $20,591-$85,948,533; $9,719,138 average.
FY 14: $18,531-$90,772,520; $10,253,187 average.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Adult Education General Provisions and State-Administered Basic Grant Program.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Cheryl Keenan 400 Maryland Ave., Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: cheryl.keenan@ed.gov Phone: (202) 245-6836.
Website Address (153):
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ovae/pi/AdultEd/index.html
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Not Applicable.