Thursday, July 12, 2012

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program CFDA Number 84.215G

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program CFDA Number 84.215G

Department of Education


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Document Type:Grants Notice
Funding Opportunity Number:ED-GRANTS-071112-001
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Posted Date:Jul 11, 2012
Creation Date:Jul 11, 2012
Original Closing Date for Applications:Aug 10, 2012    Applications Available: July 11, 2012. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 10, 2012.
Current Closing Date for Applications:Aug 10, 2012    Applications Available: July 11, 2012. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 10, 2012.
Archive Date:Sep 09, 2012
Funding Instrument Type:Grant 
Category of Funding Activity:Education 
Category Explanation:
Expected Number of Awards:30
Estimated Total Program Funding:$28,599,844
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:
CFDA Number(s):84.215  --  Fund for the Improvement of Education
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:No

Eligible Applicants

Independent school districts
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)

Additional Information on Eligibility:

Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants for IAL grants are (1) A high-need LEA (as defined in this notice); (2) a national not-for-profit organization (as defined in this notice) that serves children and students within the attendance boundaries of a high-need LEA; (3) a consortium of one or more national not-for-profit organizations that serve children and students within the attendance boundaries of one or more high-need LEAs; or (4) a consortium of high-need LEAs. Note: In order to demonstrate that charter schools or State-administered schools are LEAs, applicants must include documentation from their State educational agency confirming LEA status. Subject to the submission of sufficient applications that meet the requirements of this notice, the Department will award no less than 50 percent of the funds to LEAs (on behalf of school libraries) for high-quality school library projects that increase access to a wide range of print and electronic resources and provide learning opportunities to all students. The Secretary reserves the right to fund a sufficient number of high-quality literacy and book distribution projects from LEAs and national not-for-profit organizations. 

Agency Name

Department of Education


Note: Each funding opportunity description is a synopsis of information in the Federal Register application notice. For specific information about eligibility, please see the official application notice. The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available on GPO Access at: Please review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. Purpose of Program: The Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade within the attendance boundaries of high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) intends to support innovative programs that promote early literacy for young children, motivate older children to read, and increase student achievement by using school libraries, distributing free books to children and their families, and offering high-quality literacy activities. Many schools and districts across the Nation do not have school libraries that deliver high-quality literacy programming to children and their families. Additionally, many schools do not have qualified library media specialists and library facilities. Where facilities do exist, they are often under-resourced and lack adequate books and other materials. In many communities, high-need children and students have limited access to appropriate age- and grade-level reading material in their homes. The IAL program supports the implementation of high-quality plans for childhood literacy activities and book distribution efforts that are supported by at least one study that meets the definition of scientifically valid research (as defined in this notice). Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.215G. Applications for grants under the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program, CFDA number 84.215G, must be submitted electronically using the Government-wide Apply site at Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us. You may access the electronic grant application for the IAL program at You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.215, not 84.215G). 

Link to Additional Information

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE): Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program CFDA Number 84.215G; Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2012

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Julius Cotton
ED FIND Systems Admin.
Phone 202-245-6140
Program Manager:
Peter Eldridge
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3E246
Washington, DC 20202-6200.
Telephone: (202) 260-2514 or by email:
e-Mail: Program Manager

Synopsis Modification History

There are currently no modifications for this opportunity.

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