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2020-2025 State Adult Literacy Education

Grants to New York Libraries, Nonprofits, and
Community Organizations for Literacy Programs

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES)

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01/10/20 Postmarked


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Grants to New York libraries and nonprofit and community organizations for literacy programs. Nonprofit applicants must prequalify before the deadline. Funding is intended to assist adults working towards a high school equivalency diploma in obtaining the knowledge and literacy skills necessary for self-sufficiency and employment.

Adult Literacy Education provides funding to support adult literacy education
programs including Adult Basic Education (ABE), English for Speakers of Other
Languages (ESOL), and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) programs. At least 50
percent of the participants receiving services must be at the lowest beginning New
York Reporting System (NYRS) of Adult Basic Education and/or English for
Speakers of Other Languages that is NYRS Levels 1 and 2. Up to 50% can be for
participants at the highest two levels of Adult Secondary Education that is NRS
Levels 5 and 6. These students must be preparing to take the NYS HSE exam
leading to an HSE diploma. 

Under this RFP, ACCES seeks to fund two components: Component A - funds direct instructional programs within the seven (7) Regional Adult Education Network (RAEN) regions of New York State; Component B – funds two (2) Support and Technical Assistance Centers (STAC), one (1) for programs in New York City (NYC) and one (1) for programs funded in Rest of State RAEN regions.

Program guidelines for Component A:

  • Assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency, including those who lack sufficient mastery of digital literacy skills;
  • Assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and
  • Assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education.
  • Assist adults in the attainment of the NYS High School Equivalency diploma. 

Program guidelines for Component B:

  • Provide strategies for integrating phonemic awareness, systematic phonics, fluency and
    reading comprehension into the NYSED/CUNY College and Career Readiness
  • Provide community-based organizations the skills and support to use and/or expand the
    use of volunteers within the program.
  • Assist small community-based organizations with limited staff to share resources
    particularly for technology and data in order to meet the NYRS performance and
    reporting demands.
  • This may include entering data into the ASISTS reporting system
    for organizations that experience gaps in staffing required for data reporting
    compliance. The funded program must incorporate data management into their staffing
    regardless of whether the STAC enters data on their behalf.
  • Provide support and technical assistance to ALE funded programs that subscribe to
    NEDP or Fast Track options for HSE preparation
  • Provide hands-on support and technical assistance, to programs to effectively utilize
    technology professional development tools as they are added to ASISTS and introduced
    to the field. 

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187361

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Two Support and Technical Assistance Centers (STAC) will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum award amounts for Component A grants vary depending on the region, and range from $150,000 to $250,000.

Maximum award amounts for Component B grants is up to $450,00 per STAC.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants will be funded for July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following organizations are eligible to apply:
-Community-based organizations of demonstrated effectiveness;
-Volunteer literacy organizations of demonstrated effectiveness;
-Public and private not-for-profit agencies, including 2- and 4-year colleges;
-Non–profit organizations of demonstrated effectiveness which have the ability to provide literacy services to adults and families, and
-Consortia of the above organizations.
-For-profit organizations are NOT eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Non- mandatory NOI deadline: December 20, 2019

Application deadline: January 10, 2020

Prequalification Requirement
The State of New York has implemented a statewide prequalification process (described on the Grants Management website) designed to facilitate prompt contracting for not-for-profit vendors. All not-for-profit vendors are required to pre-qualify prior to grant application. This includes all currently funded not-for-profit institutions that have already received an award and are in the middle of the program cycle. The pre-qualification must be completed by all not-for-profit institutions prior to application in order to receive an award under this RFP.

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by e-mail to the address provided in the Contact Information field below no later than 5:00 PM EST on 11/29/19. In the subject line, indicate whether the question pertains to Component A or Component B of the RFP.

A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted to the ACCES website no later than 12/13/19.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process.

Applicants may submit an application for either Component A or Component B, but not both. Under Component A an applicant may submit only one application within each RAEN region.

Contact Information:

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

New York State Education Department
Attn: ACCES- Adult Education Program Policy
89 Washington Avenue
Room 460 EBA
Albany, NY 12234

Questions and NOIs should be directed to:

The following are the designated contacts for this procurement:

Program Matters: Marisa Boomhower
Fiscal Matters: Lucas Rodriguez
M/WBE Matters: Brian Hackett

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York