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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II

Grants to California IHEs, LEAs and
Organizations for Adult Education Programs

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Grants to California nonprofit IHEs, local education agencies, and other organizations for adult education programs that help students become self sufficient. Applicants must submit eligibility information prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to help adults gain the knowledge and skills necessary for independence.

The WIOA, Title II: AEFLA grant provides supplemental funds for adult education to

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

Program Areas:

  • Adult basic education: The Adult Basic Education (ABE) program provides students’ basic skills in English language arts and mathematics.
  • Adult Secondary Education: The Adult Secondary Education (ASE) program provides a curriculum that enables adults to attain a high school diploma (HSD) or a high school equivalency (HSE) certificate. 
  • English Language Acquisition: The English Language Acquisition (ELA) program prepares adult learners to speak, read, and write English fluently. Students are placed, via language proficiency assessments, in one of six levels of instruction: beginning literacy, beginning low, beginning high, intermediate low, intermediate high, and advanced. 
  • English Literacy and Civics Education: English Literacy and Civics Education (ELCE) can be offered within the ELA program. ELCE activities include civic participation modules and citizenship preparation courses. 
  • Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education

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GrantWatch ID#: 187460

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies. Applicants must be legally constituted and qualified to do business in California. The California Department of Education reserves the right to evaluate new successful applicants through a site visit.

Consideration is also given to applicants that are a nonprofit community-based 501(c)(3) organization or a volunteer literacy organization of demonstrated effectiveness; an institution of higher education; a public or private nonprofit agency; a library, a public housing authority; state agencies that operate institutions, such as the California Department of Developmental Services and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; and a consortium of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described above.

An organization must be considered an eligible provider to receive federal adult basic education funding. An “eligible provider” is defined as an organization that has demonstrated effectiveness in providing adult education and literacy activities. An eligible provider must establish that it has demonstrated effectiveness through performance data on its record of improving the skills of eligible individuals, particularly those who have low levels of literacy.

Pre-Application Information:

- Submission of Applicant Eligibility Information: December 23, 2019
- The CDE notifies applicants of eligibility: January 2020
- Electronic Application opens for eligible providers: January 21, 2020
- Final Application submission date: February 28, 2020
- Preliminary Notice of Intent to Award posted (appeals must be submitted within ten calendar days): April 3, 2020
- Final Notice of Intent to Award: April 30, 2020
- Grant award Notifications: July 2020

All grantees must contribute at least a 25 percent match of their grant award in non-federal dollars, and/or in-kind contributions. The in-kind contributions must be allowable under the AEFLA and fairly valued, as ultimately determined by the CDE and/or auditors.

Grant reimbursements are contingent upon satisfactory completion and submittal of all program deliverables.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

Program Questions: Adult Education Office, email:, phone: 916-322-2175

California Department of Education
Career and College Transition Division
Adult Education Office
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

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USA: California