Adult Education - Basic Grants to States - Federal and State Funding
CSFA Number: 684-00-0464
Agency Name
Illinois Community College Board (684)
Agency Contact
Kathy Olesen-Tracey
Short Description
Federal and State grants to eligible providers of adult education services
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
110 ILCS 805/2-16.02
Objectives and Goals
Federal basic 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
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
Providers who received federal adult education 223 funds are required to provide required activities to be supported with funds (1) Alignment of adult education and literacy activities with core programs and one-stop partners to support Unified State plan strategy (2) High quality professional development programs to improve instruction, including essential components of reading instruction and dissemination of models and promising practices (3) Technical assistance to providers based on rigorous research on instructional practices, local one stop responsibilities and effective use of technology (4) Monitoring and evaluation of the quality of adult education activities in the State 5% limit on administrative costs
5% limit on administrative costs

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 Libraries 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
Other; Education 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 provision of professional development and resources to adult education providers throughout the state of Illinois who provide services to the following target populations:

• Populations that are most in need of services
• Low income and low-skilled adults
• Individuals with disabilities
• Single parents, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients, and displaced homemakers
• Unemployed, Underemployed, Not in the Labor Force individuals who demonstrate a deficiency in basic skills
• Individuals with multiple barriers to educational enhancement, including individuals with limited English proficiency
• Individuals in Corrections Education and other Institutionalized Individuals
• 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
• Low literacy adults, including those without a high school diploma

Professional Development for Adult Education Instructors and staff include expanded bridge and transition programming, integrated models of instructional delivery, development of curriculum aligned with College and Career Readiness Standards, digital literacy, career development and awareness skills, evidence based instruction improvement, and the use of data for decision making. The ICCB will continue to utilize AEL Leadership Grant funded providers to identify professional development needs of the state based upon regional assessments and local program data.

Assistance Consideration
Grantees are asked to provide a 25% match, cash or in-kind.
Post Assistance Requirements
Performance reports, financial expenditure reports, program status reports, and electronic data submissions are required to be submitted quarterly.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Citations to CFR and ILCS are available in the Adult Education and Family Literacy Provider Manual
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $20,090,400
FY 2016 : $1,750,000
FY 2017 : $1,906,753
FY 2018 : $2,453,933
FY 2019 : $2,209,350
FY 2021 : $51,728,825
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Details2018001Not Applicable04/17/2017 - 05/23/2017 : 4:30 PM
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
The Center: Resources07/01/201906/30/2020629,086
Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University07/01/201906/30/2020481,543
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville07/01/201906/30/2020400,000
Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University07/01/201906/30/2020203,243
Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University07/01/201906/30/2020180,358