The Adult Education and Family Literacy sub-grant competition is now available to eligible providers within the U.S. Virgin Islands to develop, implement and improve adult education and literacy activities. Eligible providers who are awarded federal funds through this application process are required to utilize said funds for the establishment or operation of one or more programs in the St. Thomas-St. John District or St. Croix District, or both, that provide services or instruction in one or more of the following categories: adult education and literacy services, including work place literacy services; family literacy services; and English literacy programs, according to a press release from the V.I. Department of Education
Commissioner LaVerneTerry said, “The sub-grant awards have been established to provide adult education and literacy programs throughout the territory that will assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; assist adults who are parents to obtain the skills necessary to become partners in the education of their children; and assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education.”
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-220), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (“AEFLA”)provides funding through a consolidated grant to the V.I. Education Department for adult basic education and literacy services programs that will help to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy by improving the educational opportunities and employability skills of low-income families (AEFLA, Section 231-b). Awards will be made subject to availability of funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Who can apply? The following local providers are eligible to participate in the application process for these federal funds: (1) local educational agencies; (2) community based organizations of demonstrated effectiveness; (3) volunteer literacy organizations of demonstrated effectiveness; (4) institutions of higher education; (5) public or private non-profit agencies; (6) libraries; (7) public housing authorities; (8) non-profit institutions that are not described in any of these descriptions and have the ability to provide literacy services to adults and families; and (9) a consortium of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries or authorities described in items (1) through (8). Community-based organizations and non-profit institutions include non-profit faith-based organizations. For-profit entities are not eligible.
What’s new? Eligible providers receiving sub-grants under AEFLA are required to obtain Literacy Pro’s Management Information System to comply with State and Federal National Reporting System (NRS) mandates. All sub-grantees are eligible for enrollment with Literacy Pro at VIDE’s rate. If awarded, enrollment information will be provided at orientation.
How to apply: Use the VIDE AEFLA application package information to prepare a sub-grant application. Application packages are available for download from the Department of Education Web site http://www.doe.vi or at the following State Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education locations:
St. Thomas-St.John District,No. 3 Crystal Gade, St. Thomas, VI 00802. (phone: 776-3484)
St. Croix District, Theodora Dunbavin Complex, Little Princess, St. Croix, VI (phone: 773-6401)
The deadline to submit all applications is Friday, Oct. 23. Sub-grant award notification will be made on Oct. 30. Applicants are asked to deliver all submissions to the attention of Monique Faulkner, Territorial Program Manager, State Office of Career, Technical & Adult Education.