Each February, the Virginia Literacy Foundation announces the availability of its Tier One and Tier Two matching grants.

The VLF funds community- and faith-based literacy organizations 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. Eligible organizations have 501 (c) 3 status (or are closely partnered with an established 501 (c) 3 organization) and work with nonprofit staff, volunteers and an active Board of Directors.

To research information for grants or outreach, click on this link: Facts and Statistics for Adult Education and Literacy in Virginia and the U.S., which was developed by the VLF for grant writers and program managers.

If your organization is unsure about our eligibility requirements, please contact the VLF at 804-237-8909 or email Rita Layne at

Announcements of grant proposals are sent out in late January. At that time, instructions and application forms will be made available on this website. Grants are due at the end of March, as listed on the forms.

about our grantsOur 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 served in the last full fiscal year for at least 6 hours of instruction.* 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.

Grant sections – click on links to download materials. Required sections in black bold.

Send one original full set of signed grant materials along with five copies (6 sets total) by the grant proposal deadline. 2018 proposal deadline is

5 P.M. on March 30, 2018

If you cannot download the documents when they become available or if you have additional questions about our matching grants, please contact Rita Layne at 1-804-237-8909 or

Other documents of interest:

Grant deadline: The original grant and five copies must be received by 5 pm on the day of deadline near the end of March. The deadline date changes each year; therefore, it is important to use 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.