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  Funding Opportunity Details
 -198665-Adult Education and Literacy Federal Funds, WIOA Sec. 243 IELCE (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2020)
  Adult Literacy
  Application Deadline: 05/01/2017 11:11 PM
Award Amount Range: $10,000.00 - $40,000.00
Project Start Date: 07/01/2017
Project End Date: 06/30/2020
Award Announcement Date: 06/15/2017
Eligible Applicant: See WIOA Sec. 203
Program Officer: Alex Harris
Phone: 515-281-3640 x
Categorical Area: Education


The Iowa Department of Education (IDOE), Division of Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation is committed to providing outstanding adult education services that help ALL Iowans acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for employment, careers, and post-secondary education. In accordance with the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), Title IIof the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), the Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) program funded through Section 243 supports education services to eligible individuals who are adult English language learners (ELL), including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries. These services will enable such adults to achieve competency in the English language through standards-based instruction and acquire the basic and more advanced skills needed to function effectively as parents, citizens, and workers in the United States.

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE)

WIOA Title II [§203(12)] authorizes the funding of programs providing adult education and literacy activities to English language learners, including professionals with degrees and credentials in their native countries, that enables such adults to achieve competency in the English language and to acquire both the basic and more advanced skills necessary to function effectively as parents, workers, and citizens of the United States. The specific purpose of this grant application is to fund programs that can demonstrate effectiveness in:

  • academic instruction in literacy and English language acquisition—reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending;
  • instruction on the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship and civic participation; and
  • workforce training.

 For a program to receive funding for IELCE under WIOA [§243] it must:

  1. Prepare adults who are English Language Learners (ELLs) for unsubsidized employment in in-demand occupations or career pathways, which lead to economic self-sufficiency;
  2. Assist English Language Learners in achieving competency in English reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension;
  3. Lead to a secondary school diploma (HSD – high school diploma) or its equivalent (HSE – high school equivalency);
  4. Lead to ELLs entering postsecondary education or training; and
  5. Offer adult education instruction in combination with integrated education and training (IET).

 Adult Education and Literacy Activities WIOA Title II [§201.203] defines adult education and literacy activities as:

  1. Programs, activities, and services that include adult education, literacy activities, family literacy activities, English language acquisition activities , integrated English literacy and civics education, workforce preparation activities, or integrated education and training.

Integrate Education and Training (IET) WIOA [§134(C)(3)(D)] defines integrated education and training as:

  1. A service approach which provides adult education and literacy activities simultaneously and contextually with workforce preparation activities and workforce training for a specific occupational cluster.

Based on these expectations and federal definitions the IDOE will provide funding under Section 243 for programs that are designed to

  • prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment for 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.

The four required components for an IELCE program must be evident for each activity funded by Section 243:

  1. instruction in literacy;
  2. instruction in English language acquisition;
  3. instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation; and in combination with
  4. integrated education and training (IET).  

Application Components

This is an open competition for all eligible providers of Adult Education and Literacy services as defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Sec. 202. Eligible applicants must submit by the established deadline a complete application in order to be considered for funding.The following application criteria are included in the Grant Packet: 

  • Contact Information
  • Assurance and Certifications
  • Minority Impact Statement
  • Narrative of Services (Sec.243)
    • Program Design and Leadership
    • Learner Progress
    • Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
    • Accountability
    • Community Interaction and Outreach
    • One-Stop Integration
  • IELCE Budget Summary
  • Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) Alignment Review

Submission Guidelines

The Instructions for each of the components describes how to fill out the form. Within each section are criteria that describe the intent and content to be included in the narrative. These criteria will also be used by the reviewers to assess and score each narrative component. Applications must at least score 70 percent of the points available. These questions incorporate the seven requirements and thirteen considerations federally mandated by WIOA.

Application Review

IDOE will select awardees based on several factors, which may include the following:

In addition, IDOE may contact employees, board members, partners or business associates of applicant organizations to clarify or verify information and responses provided by applicants.

Each application will be evaluated solely on the criteria identified in this document. Receipt of a grant award in a previous competition is not, and should not be regarded as, a guarantee of funding in the current competition. Applicants not funded in previous competitions are not precluded and may apply for funding in the current competition. Once all of the applications have been evaluated, the review panel will submit to IDOE its recommendations. Final funding decisions will be made by IDOE and is considered final.

All lead applicants of this grant will be notified in writing whether their application(s) will be approved for funding. Applicants that do not meet the qualifications may reapply for future grant opportunities. IDOE is required by federal law to provide an opportunity for a hearing for applicants that are not approved for funding. The applicant must request the hearing within 30 days of notification of not being awarded. The hearing will be a conference call with a panel of reviewers. No later than 10 days after the hearing, IDOE will issue its written ruling, including findings of fact and reasons for the ruling. 

Award Amount

Multiple grants will be awarded. Award amounts will depend upon available funding and demonstrated need.  The individual grant amounts will be determined on a cost per participant equitably. These funds will be competitively awarded. Award amounts will be based on proposed enrollment for the first two years, after which time the funds will be reviewed for actual enrollment and performance outcomes. Funds available for Iowa under Section 243 is approximately $200,000 to $250,000. The recipient of funds will cost reimburse IDOE according to negotiated and agreed upon terms. 

Range of IELCE Award Funding

The IDOE reserves the right to fund any application in full or in part, to request additional information to assist in the review process, to require new applications from interested parties, to reject any or all applications responding to this announcement, or to re-issue the announcement if it is determined that it is in the best interests of the State of Iowa. Issuing this announcement does not bind the State to making an award. The IDOE’s staff administers the program. The IDOE reserves the right to adjust the dates for this announcement for whatever reasons are deemed appropriate. 


The following steps will be taken in conducting the IELCE competition:

March 15, 2017: Department publishes Request for Proposals (RFP) aligned with the priorities in the approved State Unified Plan.

March 28, 2017: Department provides a bidder’s conference and technical assistance.

March/April 2017: Department establishes a review panel.

May 1, 2017: Due date for IELCE grant applications.

May 2017: Reviewers review and score IELCE grant applications.

June 10, 2017: Department announces IELCE grant applicants that will receive funding.

July 1, 2017: IELCE grant providers begin multi-year grant cycle, programming, and funding. 


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Description File Name File Size
Iowa Core 21st Century Skills 21 century Iowa Core Standards.pdf 550 KB
Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation a-short-guide-to-monitoring-and-evaluation (3).pdf 813 KB
Addendum Appendix L Addendum Appendix L.pdf 230 KB
Adult Education and Literacy State Report - 2016 Adult Literacy 2015-16 annual report.pdf 4.0 MB
Adult Education Fiscal Year 2016 Report Adult Literacy 2016 report (1).pdf 2.1 MB
AEFLA Financial Section Excerpts AEFLA Excerpts - Section 222 Matching and Section 241 Administrative.pdf 84 KB
AEFLA Section 243 Competitive Grant Package AEFLA Section 243 Competitive Grant Package.pdf 2.1 MB
College and Career Readiness Standards CCRStandardsAdultEd.pdf 2.8 MB
Confidentiality Statement Confidentiality Assurances.pdf 46 KB
Coordinator Handbook 2017 Coordinator Handbook 2-17-17 Final.pdf 5.0 MB
English Language Proficiency Standards elp-standards-adult-ed.pdf 1.8 MB
Reading components essential-components-reading.pdf 270 KB
FAQ Federal Funds for Conference and Meetings FAQ Federal Funds for Conference and Meetings.pdf 63 KB
Explicit Instruction in Adult Education Feasibility of Explicit Instruction in Adult Basic Education.pdf 1.8 MB
NRS Grade Levels grade levels.jpg 84 KB
Grant Signature Page 243 Grantapplicationsignaturepage243_18-20 (2).docx 53 KB
DRAFT PY18 Assessment Policy Guidelines IA Assessment Policy PY 2018D.pdf 2.5 MB
Implementing a One-Stop MOU (DRAFT) IA-AEL-ONE-STOP-MOU Guidance-DRAFT.pdf 1.2 MB
IELCE Awards IELCE Awards.jpg 21 KB
IELCE Benchmarks IELCE Benchmarks.jpg 36 KB
IELCE checklist IELCE_checklistFINAL508_0.pdf 287 KB
IET Checklist - for both IET and IELCE activities IET Checklist - 2-24-17.docx 25 KB
Implementation Research Implementation_Research_Full (1).pdf 2.2 MB
Instructor Agreement - Confidentiality Form Instructor Agreement.docx 13 KB
Instructor Standards Instructor StandardsFINAL2.pdf 760 KB
IAC Chapter 23 Adult Education and Literacy Programs Iowa Administrative Rules-Chapter23 Adult Education and Literacy Programs.pdf 131 KB
LWDB Review Form Local Workforce Development Board Review of Adult Education Grant Application Rubric for 243 - FINAL2.docx 19 KB
NRS Educational Functioning Levels to CASAS Scale Scores NRSCASASLevels_GradeLevels[1].pdf 118 KB
Past Performance Data Tables Past Performance Data Tables IELCE.xlsx 12 KB
Iowa's AEL Professional Development Standards PDStandardsFINAL (7).pdf 239 KB
State ESL Benchmark - MSG State ESL Benchmark - MSG.jpg 12 KB
Training and Employment Guidance Letter 19-14 (Vision of WIOA) TEGL_19-14 Vision of WIOA.pdf 4.5 MB
Iowa's WIOA Unified State Plan USP Final Submitted 09 01 2016.pdf 2.7 MB
WIOA Title II WIOA_Title_II (12).docx 33 KB
 Website Links
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URL Description§ion=1&topic=1&subtopic=0 Demonstrated improvement in literacy skill performance is measured by student educational functioning level (EFL) gain. Using the NRS benchmarks, program instructional personnel can determine when learners have made progress within an EFL, completed an EFL, and are ready to move to the next level. The 12 EFLs representing adult education literacy skills are explained on the Website for the National Reporting System. Evidence of Effectiveness - Definition and Implications of Explicit Instruction by Tracey Hall, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, NCAC Federal Registry of approved assessments for basic skill needs Quick Start Action Planner - One-Stop Center Delivery This Iowa Workforce Development Regional Development Board website consolidates all of the state and regional websites into one to make accessing information easier for all users. Navigation can be focused by choosing the desired region on the navigation menu on the left or clicking on a region on the home page. This is the address for the Iowa Department of Education's Adult Education and Literacy webpage. Information and forms are available for students, instructors and coordinators. This Joint WIOA Final Rule provides guidance for State and local workforce development systems that increase the skill and credential attainment, employment, retention, and earnings of participants, especially those with significant barriers to employment, thereby improving the quality of the workforce, reducing dependency on public benefits, increasing economic opportunity, and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. This web address refers to the official website for CASAS. CASAS —Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment Systems —is the most widely used system for assessing adult basic reading, math, listening, writing, and speaking skills within a functional context. CASAS is the only adult assessment system of its kind to be approved and validated by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor to assess both native and non-native speakers of English.
  – The Official Website of the State of Iowa. Dulles Technology Partners Inc.