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Adult Volunteer Literacy Grant Program

Expected Outcomes  |  Application and Forms  |  Supporting Documentation  |  Eligibility and Program Requirements  |  Funding

Grant projects provide instruction to help adults who read below the ninth grade level or speak English at a beginning level to improve their basic reading, writing, math, or English language proficiency. Services are provided through the use of trained, unpaid volunteer tutors.

Expected Outcomes

Application and Forms

The Adult Literacy grant applications are being offered in advance of the provision of the state budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The Illinois State Library makes these grant applications available so that award notification may be released when legislative and gubernatorial approval of an FY2017 appropriation is made. Obligations to fund this grant program will cease immediately without penalty or further payment being required if the Illinois General Assembly or the federal funding source fails to appropriate or otherwise make available sufficient funds.

*Please note that for FY2017, the Current Year’s Program section of the Grant Reviewer's Scoring Rubric will not be used when calculating application scores. Ranking of applications will be based on a 95-point scale.

Supporting Documentation

At least three letters of support are required. Submitting agencies must secure a statement (letter of support) from participating agencies detailing their significant responsibilities to the literacy project. Each letter should describe their cooperation, coordination, and services to the project and include the signatures of organization representatives.

If the submitting agency is a not-for-profit entity, attach a copy of the Internal Revenue Service Tax Ruling on Determination Letter.

Information Webinar

Adult Volunteer Literacy grant information webinar is recommended for all Secretary of State funded Adult Volunteer Literacy grantees or any agency interested in applying for the program.

Eligibility and Program Requirements

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

Participant Eligibility Requirements

Programming Requirements

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Public funds awarded under this grant range up to $75,000, with first year grants not exceeding $25,000. Only one project is allowed. Total awards cannot exceed $180,000 per agency.

Allowable Costs

Costs not allowed

For more information about Adult Volunteer Literacy grants, please call 217-785-6921 or email

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Adult Volunteer Literacy grants are funded in part using Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.