Adult Education - Basic Grants to States - Federal and State Funding Combined
CSFA Number: 684-01-1625
Agency Name
Illinois Community College Board (684)
Agency Contact
Kathy Olesen-Tracey
Short Description
Grants to providers of Adult Education Services
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
110 ILCS 805/2-16.01
Objectives and Goals
Funds must be used to assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency, to assist adults who are parents to obtain the education and skills that are necessary to becoming full partners in the educational development of their children and lead to sustainable improvement in the economic opportunities for their family.

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education funds must be used for integrated English literacy and civics education, in combination with integrated education and training activities that prepare adults who are English language learners for and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency; and integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions to carry out the activities of the program. Such services shall include instruction in literacy English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation and may include workforce training.
Types of Assistance
Formula Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Funds are required to be used to provide instructional and supportive services to eligible individuals in accordance with the requirements of State laws as outlined in the ICCB Adult Education Policy and Procedural manual.

Eligibility Requirements
The following are eligible entities to apply for adult education funding in a competitive year:
Local educational agencies (LEAs)
Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) or Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs)
Volunteer Literacy Organizations
Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs)
Public or Private nonprofit agencies
Public-housing authorities
Non-profit institutions that are described previously and have the ability to provide literacy services to adults and literary activities
Consortia of agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described previously
Partnership between an employer and an entity described above
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations; Government Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
In a continuation year, providers are required to submit a continuation plan and budget for approval. Funding is contingent on the continuing applicant's satisfactory performance in the preceding year and sufficient appropriation of funds.

In a competitive year, eligible applicants are required to respond to the RFP by the date listed and complete all portions of the application and other elements as described in the RFP. The past effectiveness of an eligible applicant in improving the literacy skills of adults is a strong factor in the delivery of adult education instruction and supportive services. In addition, the alignment of local adult education activities with the local area plans and services as well as local workforce board plans are essential.

Programs are evaluated based on the following:

1. The documented need of the eligible applicant to serve individuals in the community who are most in need of literacy services and those who are in need of career pathway services, including individuals who have literacy skills. (i.e., literacy statistics, regional and local needs, etc.).
2. The program is of sufficient intensity and duration for individuals, including those with learning disabilities, to achieve substantial learning gains.
3. The past effectiveness of an eligible applicant in improving the literacy skills of adults, including those with low literacy levels; and demonstrates the ability to meet or exceed the levels of performance.
4. The demonstrated alignment to the requirements of the adult education services and activities as well as alignment to the local plans.
5. The program uses instructional practices and activities that research has proven to be effective in teaching to achieve learning gains, is of sufficient intensity and duration, is built on a strong foundation of research and effective educational practice, and includes the essential components of reading.
6. The program demonstrates the effectiveness in providing instruction in reading, writing, speaking, mathematics, and English language acquisition and is based on best practices, research and state standards.
7. The program activities effectively employ advances in technology including the use of computers as a part of instruction as well as distance education, when applicable.
8. The program activities provide contextualized learning including integrated education and training as well as bridge programs to ensure that an individual has the skills needed to compete in the workplace, transition to postsecondary education and training, advance in employment, and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
9. The program is staffed by well-trained instructors, counselors, support staff and administrators who meet state guidelines, and have participated in high quality professional development.
10. The program activities are coordinated with other available resources in the community, such as establishing strong links with elementary schools and secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, one-stop centers, job training programs, business, and social service agencies.
11. The program offers flexible schedules and supportive services (such as child care and transportation) that are necessary to enable individuals, including individuals with disabilities or other special needs, to attend and complete programs.
12. The program maintains a high-quality information management system, as determined by the ICCB and has the capacity to report participant outcomes and to monitor program performance measures.
13. The local communities have a demonstrated need for additional English Literacy programs and civic education programs.
14. The proposed budget is consistent with the eligible provider’s activities, is cost efficient within administrative guidelines and places emphasis on serving the target populations.

ICCB is committed to serving the populations that are most in need of the services. The strategies for the delivery of instructional services should target the following populations as outlined in the Unified State Plan and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014:
• Low literacy adults, including those without a high school diploma
• Low skilled adults
• English Language Learners
• Long-term unemployed
• Low-income adults
• Individuals with disabilities, including youth with disabilities
• Those receiving public assistance
• Out-of-school youth
• Veterans
• Migrant and seasonal farmworkers
• Re-entry individuals (ex-offenders)
• Older individuals
• Homeless individuals
• Single parents
• Youth in the foster system or who have aged out
• Displaced homemakers
• Veterans with disabilities
• Individuals with multiple barriers to educational enhancement, including individuals with limited English proficiency

Awardees will be notified by ICCB.
Assistance Consideration
ICCB requires a 25% match, cash or in-kind
Post Assistance Requirements
Providers are required to submit an annual audit, quarterly performance reports, quarterly financial reports, quarterly program status reports, and quarterly electronic data submissions.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Citations to CFR and ILCS are available in the Adult Education and Family Literacy Provider manual.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2016 : $50,985,804
FY 2017 : $50,980,369
FY 2018 : $49,999,333
FY 2019 : $50,134,026
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
City Colleges of Chicago07/01/201906/30/20204,905,545
Community College District 50207/01/201906/30/20202,665,920
Joliet Junior College07/01/201906/30/20201,838,530
Elgin Community College07/01/201906/30/20201,751,095
Oakton Community College07/01/201906/30/20201,686,500