English Literacy/Civics Program Funds Available

July 14, 2002

The West Virginia Department of Education announces that funds will be available for the English Literacy/Civics (EL/Civics) Program of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, as authorized by Title II of the Workforce Investment Act. Local programs may apply for grants up to $12,000, depending on the scope of the proposed project.  

The EL/Civics program will provide an integrated program of services that incorporates English literacy and civics education for immigrants and other limited English proficient adults who are not enrolled in school. To effectively participate in the education, work and civic opportunities of this country, immigrants must not only master English but be able to understand and navigate governmental, educational and workplace systems and key institutions such as banking and health care. They must increase participation in the communities where they reside.  

Applicants will need to complete applications that describe how their programs will provide educational opportunities for individuals to acquire the skills and knowledge to become active and informed parents, workers and community members.  

Eligible applicants include county boards of education, community colleges, the state correctional agency, community-based organizations, public or private non-profit agencies, libraries, public housing authorities, agencies which have the ability to provide literacy services to adults and families, and consortiums of these entities.  

Grant applications will be available on July 15 and must be forwarded to the West Virginia Department of Education with a postmark no later than August 14, 2002. The application is for two years with the second year dependent upon program success in the first year and adequate funding for the second year.  

Forms and additional information are available from George Drain, West Virginia Department of Education, Building 6, Room 230, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25305-0330 or by calling 304-558-6318 or the Literacy Hotline 800-642-2670. For other questions regarding EL/Civics, contact Cathy Shank at 800-257-3723 ext. 112 or email cshank@access.k12.wv.us.

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