California Library Literacy Services New Program Application

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Closed (2 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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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:



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.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

These grant funds are to support California Library Literacy Services Adult and Family Literacy Services programs in California Public Libraries.

Eligible Geographies:

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.

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 15, 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Ongoing annual grant

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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.
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.
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:

(California Education Code Title 1, Division 1, Part 11, Chapter 4.6, Section 18880-18883)

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 is generally provided in two payments with 90% provided up front and the final 10% given after the mid-year reports.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Annly Roman, 1-916-603-7162,