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Funding Opportunity for the Mesa Local Workforce Area

The federally-funded Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA) was reauthorized as Title ll of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act in July of 2014. The federal program provides grants to state agencies intended to fund local programs of adult basic and secondary education and English language acquisition in many contexts: foundational literacy, high-school equivalency, family literacy, integrated English literacy and civics, workforce preparation, workplace education, and integrated education and training.

As outlined in the WIOA State Plan, (accessible version) every effort should be made to ensure there is at least one eligible provider serving in each local workforce area.  The previous grant recipient in the Mesa local workforce area has decided to switch their business model. As a result of that shift there is an opportunity to serve the Mesa local workforce area with federal AEFLA funds. The Colorado Workforce Development Council has a map that shows Colorado’s Local Workforce Development Areas. See AEI’s Current Grantee Map for an interactive Google Maps view.

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Office of Adult Education Initiatives (AEI) is soliciting applications from eligible providers within the Mesa local workforce area to develop, implement, and improve adult education and literacy activities within the local area by establishing or operating programs that provide a comprehensive service model for adult education and literacy services and instruction, including programs that provide such activities concurrently. CDE anticipates awarding one two-year grant, ranging from $100,000 to $114,000. Note: Applicants must demonstrate a match of 40% of the funds requested.

An Application Training Webinar (Recorded) was held on Monday, April 24, 2018.

If interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit the Letter of Intent by Friday, May 5, 2018, 11:59 pm via the AEI Letter of Intent SurveyMonkey

Applications are due on Monday, June 1, 2018, 11:59 pm MT.


Release Date: April 6, 2018



*A revised version of the RFP was posted on 4/23/18. The revised version corrects the date range on page 18 to read “Provide the program’s adult education and literacy projected orientation and enrollment schedule (covering/including the time frame July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019)” and corrects the link back to this page on page 20.