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  Funding Opportunity Details
 -340376-Adult Education and Literacy Federal Funds, WIOA Sec. 231 and 225 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025)
  Adult Literacy
  Application Deadline: 05/01/2020 4:00 PM
Award Amount Range: Not Applicable
Project Start Date: 07/01/2020
Project End Date: 06/30/2025
Award Announcement Date:
Eligible Applicant: WIOA Sec. 203
Program Officer: Alex Harris
Phone: 515-281-3640 x
Categorical Area: Education

Purpose and Background

The State of Iowa is seeking proposals to provide adult education and literacy programs, activities and services, including programs providing activities concurrently, which will improve adult education and literacy in Iowa.

A copy of the Funding Opportunity, as well as the Question & Answer Summary and all amendments can be obtained at the following website:

A Bidders’ Conference will be held on February 20, 2020 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the following location: B50, Grimes Building, 400 East 14th Street, Des Moines Iowa.

Proposals must be submitted to the State of Iowa Department of Education, via Iowagrants.  Proposal submissions must be received no later than 4:00 pm, local time, on April 3, 2020, when they will be opened.  Proposals will be opened at the Grimes Building, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. Proposals not submitted to the Department of Education by the aforementioned deadline will not be considered for contract award.

Contract Terms

The Department is seeking cost-efficient proposals to provide services, as defined in this Funding Opportunity, for the anticipated contract period defined in the table below.  Please note that the dates below are estimated and may be adjusted, as necessary, in order to comply with all procedural requirements associated with this RFP and the contracting process.  The actual contract start date will be established by a completed and approved contract.

Following the initial term of the contract and subject to continued availability of funding the Department retains the right to fund the grant recipient for up to four (4) consecutive fiscal program years. The exercise of grant renewals after the first year of funding will be made on a program by program basis. Renewals will be contingent on the grant recipient’s ability to successfully implement the terms of the grant and demonstrated effectiveness as determined by outcomes.

The term of the anticipated contract, is defined as follows:


Start Date

End Date

Initial Period of Performance

July 1, 2020

June 30, 2021

Renewal Period #1

July 1, 2021

June 30, 2022

Renewal Period #2

July 1, 2022

June 30, 2023

Renewal Period #3

July 1, 2023

June 30, 2024

Renewal Period #4

July 1, 2024

June 30, 2025

Number of Awards

The Department anticipates making multiple awards as a result of this funding opportunity. Award amounts will depend upon available funding. An applicant must be awarded in order to be eligible for incentive funds or to use funds for the purpose of serving those in correctional or institutionalized settings. (state requirement)

Iowa has on average allocated $2,900,000 to eligible providers. Federal allocations have historically been funded based on:

  • Eighty-five percent (85%) on needs: institutional grant; ACS data relative to serving adult education and literacy participants; and enrollment; and
  • Fifteen percent (15%) on performance in achieving the state’s targeted benchmarks and performance outcomes.

Suggested award amounts for each county served is included in Appendix A: Estimated Distribution of Sec. 231 Funds by County. Eligible providers may also offer up to twenty percent (20%) of the state allocation to serve those in correctional or institutionalized settings, as needed, per 34 CFR Part 463, Subpart F.

The Department reserves the right to award grant funds in amounts different than the applicant’s budget request and the suggested award amount. Such adjustment may be based on how the proposed budget and budget narrative will cover program expenses and whether the requested amount is appropriate, proportionate to the participants served, based on previous performance, and reasonable, as determined by the Department. (state requirement)            

General Provisions

  1. From the time this Funding Opportunity (FO) is issued until award notification is made, all contact with the Department regarding this FO must be made through the aforementioned RFP Coordinator.  No other person/ State or Department employee is empowered to make binding statements regarding this FO.  Violation of this provision may lead to disqualification from the bidding process, at the Department’s discretion. (state requirement)
  2. Issuance of this Opportunity does not commit the Department to issue an award or to pay expenses incurred by an Applicant in the preparation of a response to this FO.  This includes attendance at personal interviews or other meetings and software or system demonstrations, where applicable.
  3. All proposals should adhere to the instructions and format requirements outlined in this FO and all supplements and amendments, issued by the Department.  Proposals are to follow the format and respond to all questions and instructions specified in each section of this FO.
  4. Applicants shall take careful note that in evaluating a proposal submitted in response to this FO, the Department will consider materials provided in the proposal, information obtained through interviews/presentations (if any), and internal Departmental information of previous contract history with the Applicant (if any).  The Department also reserves the right to consider other reliable references and publicly available information in evaluating an Applicant’s experience and capabilities.


The following steps will be taken in conducting the competition:

February 14, 2020: Department publishes the AEFLA Sec. 231 and 225 as well as the Sec. 243 Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Funding Opportunity(s)

February 20. 2020: Department provides a bidder’s conference and technical assistance.

March 1, 2020: Submitted questions are due. 

MAY 1, 2020: Due date for AEFLA grant applications. EXTENDED

June 10, 2020: Department announces AEFLA grant applicants that will receive funding.

July 1, 2020: AEFLA grant providers begin multi-year grant cycle, programming, and funding. 

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2019-2020 Assessment Policy Guidelines 2019-2020 Assessment Guide FINALreduced size.pdf 2.4 MB
GEER FUNDS 2020-08-27 GEER AEL Distribution by College.pdf 146 KB
21 century Iowa Core Standards 21 century Iowa Core Standards.pdf 550 KB
AEL and IELCE Financial Report AELandIELCEtemplateNEWPY2020-2025.xlsx 20 KB
Adult Education Logo with AJCN AELlogo16.jpg 1.4 MB
Appendix C: Eligible Provider Form Appendix C_Eligible Provider Form.docx 27 KB
APPENDIX D: General Education and Provisions Act (GEPA) Sec. 427 Attestation APPENDIX D_GEPA Attestation.docx 17 KB
Appendix G: Program Flexible Schedule Appendix G Program Flexible Schedule.xlsx 13 KB
Appendix J Data Quality Checklist Appendix J Data Quality Checklist.pdf 262 KB
Appendix K: Prior Professional Development Activities Appendix K Prior Professional Development Activities.xlsx 15 KB
Appendix L Personnel List and Qualifications Appendix L Personnel List and Qualifications.xlsx 14 KB
Appendix P Administrative Cost Justification Form APPENDIX P ADMINISTRATIVE COST JUSTIFICATION FORM.docx 22 KB
Appendix Q: Past Performance in Corrections Education APPENDIX Q_Past Performance in Corrections Education.docx 20 KB
Appendix J: Integrated Education and Training (IET) and Alignment AppendixJIETandAlignment (2).xlsx 14 KB
APPENDIX K Status Update AppendixKPriorProfessionalDevelopmentActivities (status update).xlsx 14 KB
Appendix K.1 Upcoming PD AppendixKPriorProfessionalDevelopmentActivities (status update_upcoming).xlsx 14 KB
College and Career Readiness Standards AEL CCRStandardsAdultEd.pdf 2.8 MB
Coordinator Handbook 2019-2020 Coordinator Handbook PY2019_FINAL3.pdf 14.5 MB
Desktop/On-Site Monitoring Documentation Desktop_On-Site Monitoring Tool (Updated 2020-2-3).docx 60 KB
PY2020-2022 Targets IA Benchmark Targets.jpg 58 KB
IA Benchmarks PY2020-2024 IA Benchmarks PY2020-2024.jpg 173 KB
Iowa Title II Performance Benchmarks (2019-2020) IA benchmarks.jpg 20 KB
IELCE_checklist IELCE_checklistFINAL508_0 (2).pdf 287 KB
IET/IELCE approval form - updated July 1, 2021 IET-IELCE Approval FINAL-UPDATED.docx 128 KB
IET-IELCE Approval Updated 7-12-21 IET-IELCE Approval Updated 7-12-21.docx 129 KB
IET-IELCE Additional Resources IET-IELCE Other Resources.pdf 117 KB
IET-IELCE Program Approval IET-IELCE Program Approval.docx 121 KB
IET_checklist IET_checklist508FINAL_0.pdf 387 KB
AEL Instructor Handbook Instructor Handbook 2016.pdf 2.4 MB
Iowa Administrative Rules-Chapter23 Adult Education and Literacy Programs Iowa Administrative Rules-Chapter23 Adult Education and Literacy Programs.pdf 131 KB
Iowa AEL Professional Development Standards Iowa Adult Education and Literacy Professional Development Standards.pdf 239 KB
IOWA AEFLA GRANT PACKET SEC. 231 AND 225 (FY21-25) IOWA AEFLA Grant Packet Sec. 231 and 225 (FY21-25) FINAL.pdf 1.1 MB
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Pre Claim for IET and IELCE 05_14 Pre-claim form for IET-IELCE-draft 05_14.docx 20 KB
Pre-Monitoring Documentation for AEFLA funded providers Pre-Monitoring Document Review (Updated 2020-1-23).docx 33 KB
AEFLA Program Standards Framework Program Standards Framework (6).pdf 1.8 MB
Rationale Claiming Food Rationale - Claiming Food as PDExpend (1).docx 37 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 1 Region 1.pdf 789 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 10 Region 10.pdf 683 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 11 Region 11.pdf 967 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 12 Region 12.pdf 1.0 MB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 13 Region 13.pdf 809 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 14 Region 14.pdf 905 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 15 Region 15.pdf 829 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 16 Region 16.pdf 703 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 2 Region 2.pdf 782 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 3-4 Region 3-4.pdf 1.1 MB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 5 Region 5.pdf 793 KB
Local Workforce Development Plan - Area 6 Region 6.pdf 937 KB
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Signatory Status Update signatory_assurances Status Update.pdf 300 KB
Signatory Assurances22_23 signatory_assurances Status Update22_23.pdf 300 KB
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State AEL and ESL Financial Report 2020-2025 StateAEL_ESLYearEnd-FundingReportPY2020-25NEW.xlsx 47 KB
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URL Description 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 Grant Fiscal Guidance Human Centered Design Kit by IDEO Iowa Assessment Policy and Data Dictionary Monitoring Information for AEFLA Programs 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 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. WIOA and Iowa State Laws and Policies WIOA State Plans
  – The Official Website of the State of Iowa. Dulles Technology Partners Inc.