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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-13


Availability of State Grant Funds for Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Programs for Program Year 1997-98

[27 Pa.B. 27]

   The Pennsylvania Adult Literacy Act (Act 143), as approved by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, provides funds for grants to support adult literacy in the Commonwealth for Program Year 1997-98. Funds also are available to provide grants for the conduct of the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Program. This program is administered for the Secretary of Education by the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education.

   The mission of the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Program is to promote lifelong involvement in community service while enhancing the curricula of higher education institutions with service learning opportunities that assist in resolving community literacy problems. Specifically, the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps strives to:

mobilize college students to help overcome the illiteracy problem in the Commonwealth;

encourage higher education institutions to promote and support community service as an integral part of the college curriculum; and

establish collaborative working partnerships between higher education institutions and providers of adult basic education and literacy services.

   Grant funds are available in amounts up to $35,000 per program to support collaborative efforts between institutions of higher education and adult basic and literacy education providers to establish and conduct a Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Program during the period July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998. The applicant for the grant may be either the higher education institution or the adult basic and literacy education provider; however, the application must reflect a collaborative partnership which meets the goals of the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Program and provides for college students to devote a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service with an adult basic and literacy education program as part of their course work.

   Priority consideration for the award of grants will be to applicants for a partnership and higher education institutions and a volunteer based adult basic and literacy education provider.

   Completed applications must be received at the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Department of Education, on or before April 11, 1997. Application packets and guidelines may be obtained by written request to Chief, Regional Programs Division, ATTN:  PLC, Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Department of Education, 333 Market Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333.

   All potential applicants are urged to attend one of the following combined proposal development workshops for Federal Adult Education Act, Section 322, and State Adult Literacy Program, Act 143 of 1986. In order to ensure timely administration and processing of applications, both the grant writer and the fiscal officer should attend the workshop.

Section 322/Act 143 Administrative Workshops

January 29, 1997
10 a.m.
Saegertown High School (located just behind the elementary school)
Administration Rooms (Saegertown exit off I-79, Rte 198, on right--East)
January 30, 1997
10 a.m.
Bidwell Training Center
1815 Metropolitan Street
January 31, 1997
10 a.m.
Altoona Area High School
Community Education Center
6th Avenue and 45th Street
February 10, 1997
10 a.m.
Harrisburg Area Community College
One HACC Drive
Alumni Lounge (Cooper 204)
February 12, 1997
10 a.m.
Marywood College
2300 Adams Street
Nazareth Hall Student Center
Crystal Room
February 13, 1997
10 a.m.
Community College of Philadelphia
(Near 17th and Spring Garden across from Bonnell Building)
Winet Student Life Center
(Parking available in garage adjacent to Winet Building)
February 14, 1997
10 a.m.
Montgomery County IU # 23
1605-B W. Main Street

   All completed section 143 applications are due in Harrisburg on or before 5 p.m., March 14, 1997.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-13. Filed for public inspection January 3, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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