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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 99-124


Availability of State Grant Funds for Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Programs

[29 Pa.B. 465]

   The Pennsylvania Adult Literacy Act (Act 143), as approved by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania, provides funds for grants to support adult literacy in this Commonwealth for Program Year 1999-2000. 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 this 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, 1999 to June 30, 2000. 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.

   Application due dates: Completed applications must be received at the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, on or before March 26, 1999.

   Application packets and guidelines may be obtained 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. 99-124. Filed for public inspection January 22, 1999, 9:00 a.m.]

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