Career Online High School

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The Career Online High School (COHS) program enables public libraries to provide an online high school diploma program and career certificate to California adults who are not high school graduates. COHS is provided at no cost to adults who are awarded scholarships by local libraries. The program supports libraries in serving the career, educational, and personal needs of approximately 17% of California adults without a high school diploma.


The funding opportunity offers public libraries the chance to offer Career Online High School, an online diploma program for adults age 19 and up. Approximately 17% of California's adults do not have a high school diploma. Typical award amounts range from three to over a hundred no-cost scholarships. AS OF January 2023: the participation process is currently under revision and applications will not open on the previous cycle.

Typically, up to 20 awards are made each year. An archived webinar and staff provide support to applicants. There are no planning grants. Keywords: secondary education, adult education, library, diploma, career training.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

California public library jurisdictions are the only eligible applicants. A branch library should apply to participate through its jurisdiction, not as a specific location within the jurisdiction.

Eligible Geographies:

Keywords: rural, suburban, urban, library

Matching Funding Requirement:

AS OF JANUARY 2023, the matching funds requirement is being revised.

Important Dates

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Funding Details

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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.
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:

The amount of funding depends on program costs.

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:

State funds (local assistance): Pilot project Senate Bill 15 (2015) Project funding Assembly Bill No. 97 (2017) Project funding Senate Bill No.840 (2018) Chapter 29, Item 6120-218-0001.

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)

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Beverly Schwartzberg, 1-916-701-6880,