2020-2025 State Adult Literacy Education: RFP #GC20-010

Purpose of Grant

Adult Literacy Education provides funding to support adult literacy education programs including Adult Basic Education (ABE), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Adult Secondary Education (ASE) programs. At least 50 percent of the participants receiving services must be at the lowest beginning New York Reporting System (NYRS) of Adult Basic Education and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages that is NYRS Levels 1 and 2.  Up to 50% can be for participants at the highest two levels of Adult Secondary Education that is NRS Levels 5 and 6.  These students must be preparing to take the NYS HSE exam leading to an HSE diploma.

Project Period

Successful applicants will be funded for July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025. 

Eligible Applicants

Public and private not-for-profit agencies, including 2- and 4-year colleges, community-based organizations, libraries, volunteer literacy organizations, other not-for-profit organizations and consortia of the above organizations.

Amount of Funding

$ 7,793,000 is available in State funds per year, subject to the appropriation and availability of funds, for the five-year period of July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2025.

Under this RFP, ACCES seeks to fund two components: Component A - funds direct instructional programs within the seven (7) Regional Adult Education Network (RAEN) regions of New York State; Component B – funds two (2) Support and Technical Assistance Centers (STAC), one (1) for programs in New York City (NYC) and one (1) for programs funded in Rest of State RAEN regions.

Applicants may submit an application for either Component A or Component B, but not both. Under Component A an applicant may submit only one application within each RAEN region.

Application Due Date and Mailing Address

Submit one (1) original and two (2) copies of the complete proposal, and one (1) electronic copy (Word or pdf) of the application. Postmarked by 01/10/2020

New York State Education Department
Attn:  ACCES- Adult Education Program Policy
89 Washington Avenue
Room 460 EBA
Albany, NY 12234

Questions and Answers

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by e-mail to ALERFP@nysed.gov no later than 5:00 PM EST on 11/29/19. In the subject line, indicate whether the question pertains to Component A or Component B of the RFP. 

A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted to the ACCES website no later than 12/13/19.

The following are the designated contacts for this procurement:

Program Matters: Marisa Boomhower
Fiscal Matters: Lucas Rodriguez
M/WBE Matters: Brian Hackett
Email: ALERFP@nysed.gov

Non-Mandatory Notice of Intent

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A non-profit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of their prequalification materials. The Notice of Intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s please use legal business name) intent to submit an application for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS SFS Vendor ID No.

The due date is 12/20/19.

Please send the NOI to ALERFP@nysed.gov.