California Library Literacy Services: New Program Application 2023-2024

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The goal of this grant opportunity is to support California adults who struggle with basic literacy skills. California Library Literacy Services provides library-based adult literacy services designed to help low-literacy adult learners reach the goals they have established for their own learning.



This grant opportunity is for California public libraries that do not currently participate in California Library Literacy Services (CLLS). CLLS libraries support adult literacy instruction for community members, and abide by the CLLS mission, values, and program essentials:

New applicants must apply to provide adult literacy services to low-literacy English speaking adults and may also apply to provide services to adults who are English language learners (English as a Second Language, or ESL) and/or family literacy services focused on the family and caregiver roles of adult literacy program participants.

For full information on the grant opportunity, visit Please note that the initial application through the Submittable portal is significantly more complex that the renewal application filed by current programs. Information on CLLS and allowable/unallowable expenses is available at

Applicants must be California public libraries, excluding public law libraries. A working definition of a public library is: "'Public library' means a library, or two or more libraries, that is operated by a singlepublic jurisdiction and that serves its residents free of charge." More information is available upon request.

Up to five awards will be made, with a minimum annual award of approximately $20,000 (or less if requested). These funds are projected to support a three-year initial funding cycle, at the end of which a library must meet the local matching funds requirement for CLLS. California Library Literacy Services is an ongoing service in which participating libraries are expected to submit a renewal application and report yearly.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

Applicants must be public library jurisdictions, excluding public law libraries.

Eligible Geographies:

Currently participating jurisdictions may not apply. Applications are welcomed from all other public library jurisdictions in California.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Matching funding is encouraged but is not required until after year three. Please note that ESL funds are currently scheduled to be available only through the 2025-2026 fiscal year (end of year three).

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
May-June 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Fiscal year

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
1 – 5
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.

Available Funding Notes:

Available funding is flexible depending on the requests of currently participating programs and other applicants.

The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Authorizing legislation may be found at:

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funding for adult literacy services and family literacy services is announced after the start of the new fiscal year. Funding for ESL services (for those libraries tentatively awarded adult literacy services funds) will be announced in spring 2023.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


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