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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-120



Availability of Adult Education Act Section 231 Funds for Adult Basic Education Including English as a Second Language, Adult Secondary Education Programs and Family Literacy Programs for Program Year 1999-2000

[29 Pa.B. 462]

   Title II of The Workforce Investment Act of 1998, The Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, provides funds to local eligible provider agencies through the Department of Education (Department) for the establishment of adult education and family literacy programs that will:

   1.  Assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency;

   2.  Assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and

   3.  Assist adults in the completion of a secondary school education.

   Eligible applicants include local education agencies and public or private nonprofit agencies, organizations and institutions. A for-profit agency is eligible to participate in the program only if it is part of a consortium with a local education agency or other eligible sponsor, with the nonprofit agency acting as fiscal agent. A for-profit organization must also have the capability and capacity to augment significantly the adult education services of such a consortium.

   Consistent with the purpose of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, for Program Year 1999-2000, the Department will give primary consideration to programs for the educationally disadvantaged.

   Priority for funding will be given to applicants for the continuation of existing programs that have demonstrated an ability to produce results consistent with the objectives of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.

   The Federal share of a grant will be 75% of the total cost of the program. The applicant must provide 25% match of the total cost of the program. The local match may be in kind. Other Federal funds may not be used for the local match unless specifically identified as eligible for use as matching funds.

   Restrictions placed upon the Department by the United States Department of Education on the administration of the grant include:

   1.  Not less than 82.5% of the State's allotment must be used for adult education and/or family literacy programs.

   2.  Not more than 5% of a local applicant's grant may be used for administrative costs, unless a higher percent is approved in advance by the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education.

   3.  Not more than 8.25% of the State's allotment can be used for corrections education programs.

   Application due dates:

   1.  Section 231 Federal Grant
renewals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .March 12, 1999

   2.  Section 231 Federal Grant renewal
applications for agencies that received
1998-99 new/expansion grants.***. . . . . . . . . .April 9, 1999

***Agencies need time to prepare applications after the grant allocation letters go out. The allocation letters will be issued after the evaluation of the New/Expansion Grant Recipients' Interim Reports which are due in the Bureau on March 12, 1999.

   Note: The Bureau reserves the right to consider proposals received after the deadlines and, if appropriate, to approve them if and when funds become available.

   Application Procedures and Program Guidelines will be mailed to current adult basic education providers in mid-January. Others desiring additional information or Application Procedures and Program Guidelines may obtain them after January 25, 1999, by written request to:

Chief, Regional Programs Division
Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, 12th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

   Potential applicants are urged to attend the combined proposal development workshop for Federal Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Section 231, and State Adult Literacy Program, Act 143 of 1986. This workshop will be conducted by teleconference on January 29, 1999 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For the nearest downlink site and to ensure that space, materials and handouts are available, all attendees must register for a downlink site by contacting the Distance Learning Center at (800) 236-5293. For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, the Pennsylvania Relay Service (800) 654-5984 (TTY) can be used to call the Distance Learning Center. To ensure timely administration and processing of applications, both the grant writer and the fiscal officer should attend the workshop.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 99-120. Filed for public inspection January 22, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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