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About the Virginia Literacy Foundation Grants

Forms memo cover instructions survey Active grant matching VLF Grant

Each February, the Virginia Literacy Foundation announces the availability of its Tier One and Tier Two matching grants. Community- and faith-based literacy organizations eligible for VLF grants must be located in Virginia and serve adult students who read at a fifth grade level or below, are 18 years of age and older, and stay for at least 6 hours of direct instruction. Organizations must have 501(c)3 status (or be closely partnered with an established 501 (c) 3 organization) and work with nonprofit staff, volunteers and an active Board of Directors.

If your organization is unsure about our eligibility requirements, please contact Victoire Sanborn at 800-237-0178 or vjsanbor@vcu.edu. For grant packets, contact Rita Layne at 804-237-8909.

After announcements of RFPs are made in early February, instructions and application forms will be made available on this website.

Our matching grants are offered in tiered categories. The amount of funding for which an organization is eligible is tied to the numbers of adult literacy students it served in the last full fiscal year.* Funding tiers are as follows:

Tier One: One-year matching grants, 4-page narrative required

  • Programs that served 30-49 students* are eligible to apply for a $2,500 matching grant.
  • Programs that served 50+ students* are eligible to apply for a $5,000 matching grant.

Tier Two: Two-year matching grants (eligibility for this competitive grant is at the VLF’s discretion), 8-page narrative required

  • Programs that served 200-399 students* are eligible to apply for $7,500 per year.
  • Programs that served 400 + students* are eligible to apply for $10,000 per year.

* "Students served" is defined as permanently matched adult students who have received at least six hours of basic literacy and ESOL instruction in the last full fiscal year for Tier One programs and at least 6 and 12 hours for Tier Two programs. The instruction should be in one or more of these areas: one-on-one tutoring, small group classes, family (adult literacy component), pre-GED instruction, computer literacy, jail program, etc.

Required grant sections

  1. Grant narrative that includes the goals and objectives table within the narrative
  2. Survey form
  3. Budget sheet
  4. Board list
  5. Staff list
  6. Assurance of nonprofit status

If you cannot download these documents when they become available or if you have additional questions about our matching grants, please contact Julia Norman at 804-237-8909 or vlilv@earthlink.net.

Grant deadline: The original grant and five copies must be received by 5 pm on the day of deadline near the end of March. This deadline changes each year; therefore, it is important to use the current grant application forms. Faxed or emailed submissions are not accepted. Late grant applications are not read.

Announcements will be sent to successful applicants at the end of June; checks are distributed in early September.

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