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Adult Literacy Education (ALE) (New York)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    New York State Library


    The Adult Literacy Library Services Program: "Workforce Development at New York Libraries through Public Library Systems", an adult literacy library services formula allocation program, helps public library systems that work with libraries and other partners, to develop and expand adult literacy programs which will enhance workforce development services in public libraries. The Adult Literacy Library Services program is a New York State program that will improve adult literacy on the job and in the home. The Program encourage libraries to become community literacy leaders and to strengthen partnerships between libraries and local literacy providers.

    The 2019-2022 projects must enhance adult literacy services in public libraries with a focus on workforce development. Workforce development programs in public libraries help adults who are looking for work acquire skills needed for employment and self-sufficiency. Workforce development includes literacy, TASC (NYS high school equivalency exam preparation), citizenship information, resume assistance, job seeking strategies, information on career development, English as a Second Language instruction and other education and training services for adults needing improved literacy skills.

    Library systems may develop system-wide projects or may partner with other systems for regional or statewide projects, including training about the provision of adult literacy services in public libraries. Systems may also develop projects that deliver adult literacy services through public libraries and branches.


    History of Funding

    History of funding can be seen at:

    Additional Information

    Project Funds May Not Be Used For:

    • Personnel costs (salaries and/or benefits)
    • Equipment costing $5,000 or more per item (NEW).
    • Replacing system or library operating funds which are already used to support ongoing programs and services
    • Building modification, construction, renovation or maintenance
    • Overhead and administrative costs


    Carol Ann Desch

    Carol Ann Desch
    Divison of Library Devleopment
    222 Madison Avenue
    Albany, NY 12230
    (518) 474-7196
    (518) 486-5254

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are public library systems. Public library systems must operate their program in direct coordination with local public schools, colleges and other organizations which are operating similar adult literacy programs and are encouraged to collaborate with member libraries, other library systems and agencies.

    In all cases, payments will be made directly to public library systems and the system will be entirely responsible for budgets, appropriate use of funds, and all reporting requirements. Applicants are required to identify a project manager at the library system who will also be the contact person for project reports and budgetary information.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by April 1, 2019. This program funds on a 3 year cycle.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. Education law provides up to $200,000 annually for this program.

    To see the Education law amounts for the 2019 - 2022 Adult Literacy Library Services Grant Allocation to Public Library Systems in New York State, go to:

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