February 7, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), Office of Adult Education announced today a two-year limited grant opportunity for funding of Adult Education programs in accordance with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) for fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Application forms and guidance information are available for download on the West Virginia Adult Education website at https://wvde.us/adult-education/  beginning February 07, 2018. Applications will be accepted by mail or email.  Applications mailed must be postmarked March 14, 2018 and applications emailed must be received by 4:00 pm on March 14, 2018 Eastern Time.

The purpose of this limited grant is to reallocate funds related to changes due to 2017 legislation. The WOIA provides adults with education opportunities to acquire and improve their literacy skills necessary to become self-sufficient and to participate effectively as productive workers, family members, and citizens.

“A strong academic foundation is important at any age,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “This grant will provide needed support and funding for adult education programs around the state, and increase the number of citizens who are educated, skilled and ready to take on the workforce needs of the Mountain State.”

Eligible providers must be a local educational agency, community-based organization or faith-based organization, volunteer literacy organization, an institution of higher education, public or private nonprofit agency, library, public housing authority, nonprofit institution that is not previously described and has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals, consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions, or libraries as described above or a partnership between an employer and an entity described in any of items above.

A technical assistance webinar will be held at 10:00 AM on February 20, 2018 to address all grant opportunities. Potential applicants will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding the applications. Questions may also be submitted to AskAE.wvde@k12.wv.us. All questions and responses will be available in the FAQ section on the website.

To learn more about all grant opportunities, visit https://wvde.us/adult-education/.

For more information, contact Jessica Hall at the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699 or jessica.hall@k12.wv.us.