California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) supports public libraries in offering no cost adult literacy services in their communities. CLLS programs help thousands of California adults improve their basic reading, writing, math and/or speaking skills, and provide additional programs to support families. Program essentials are listed at: https://libraryliteracy.org/for-coordinators/mission-values/.
The California State Library is accepting applications from public library jurisdictions that would like to join California Library Literacy Services (CLLS) as a new program, or as a program being readmitted after leaving CLLS. Each new applicant library must fill out an application, which includes a general narrative, answers to specific narrative questions, a budget, and a proposed position description.
CLLS programs provide basic literacy services to English-speaking adults, helping them reach their goals as lifelong learners, community members, workers, and family members. Services are typically provided by volunteers who receive training, support, and materials through their libraries. CLLS values learner-centered education, and places the real-world needs and interests of adults at the center of the curriculum. In addition, CLLS programs may provide family literacy services targeted at adult participants and the children in their lives.
This opportunity is not for a one-time grant, but represents a commitment to provide ongoing adult literacy services with an option of providing additional family literacy services. Initial state funding will be awarded for the first three years of a successful applicant’s program. Continuing funding will be awarded after a yearly reporting and application process. Local jurisdictions are expected to contribute matching funds, and the level of matching funds will be part of the formula for calculating award amounts.
- Public Agency
These grant funds are to support California Library Literacy Services Adult and Family Literacy Services programs in California Public Libraries.
Applying libraries must be located in California.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Each participating library will be given a base amount whether they meet the matching requirement or not. However, only libraries with a $15,000 or more total local contribution toward their program will be eligible for additional funding over the base amount.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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