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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 00-68


Availability of State Grant Funds for Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Programs

[30 Pa.B. 239]

   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 2000-2001. 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 provider agencies to establish and conduct a Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Program during the period July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001. The applicant for a grant may be either the higher education institution or the adult basic and literacy education provider agency; however, the application must reflect a collaborative partnership which meets the goals of the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps Program and provides that college students will 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 given to applicants with a partnership between higher education institutions and a volunteer based adult basic and literacy education provider agency.

   Literacy Corps applications must be completed online and submitted via the e-grant website at to the Bureau of Adult Basic and Literacy Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, on or before April 30, 2000. Instructions and the Application Guidelines are available by ABLEsite at and by the e-grant website.

   Potential applicants are urged to attend the proposal development workshop to learn the latest changes to program guidelines and new requirements for submitting e-grant applications for adult education and family literacy programs funded through (1) the Federal Workforce Investment Act, Section 231, (2) State Adult Literacy Program, Act 143 of 1986, and (3) the Federal Even Start Family Literacy Program. This workshop will be conducted by teleconference on January 31, 2000 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.. For the nearest downlink site and to ensure that space, materials and handouts are available, all attendees must register to attend 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. In order to ensure timely administration and processing of e-grant applications, both the grant writer and the fiscal officer should attend the workshop.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 00-68. Filed for public inspection January 7, 2000, 9:00 a.m.]

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