Each year at the end of January, the Virginia Literacy Foundation announces the availability of its matching grants. Two videos sit at the top of this page. RFP materials can be downloaded lower down.


PDF Document of the Goals and Objectives PPT: Click here 2019 Goals and Objectives PDF

The VLF funds Virginia’s community- and faith-based literacy organizations that serve adult students who read at a fifth grade level or below, are 18 years of age and older, and stay for at least 12 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. NOTE: The 2019-2010 grant funding requirements have changed significantly. Please read the instructions carefully.

For questions about the 2019/2020 VLF grants, contact to arrange for a phone appointment.

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 for Virginia’s grant writers and program managers.

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

Request for proposals (RFPs) and accompanying materials are sent out in late January. At that time, all 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 three 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 12 hours of instruction.* Funding categories are as follows:

Notice that our matching grant categories have changed significantly. Applicants are asked to write collaborative, partnership grants in order to qualify for funds. The amount of funding for which an organization is eligible is tied to the numbers of adult literacy students the partnership served for at least 12 instructional hours in the last full fiscal year.  2019-2020 grants are awarded for two consecutive years. The categories are:

  • Capacity-building regional grants: $5,000 award (75+ students/partnership)
  • Collaborative demonstration grants (competitive):
    • $7,500 award (175+ students/partnership)
    • $12,500 award (475+ students/partnership)

Required are collaborations with at least one other community-based literacy organization, regional adult education program, local community college, workforce investment board (WIB) partner, or local business and other partners to increase community engagements and impact over time.

* “Students served” is defined as permanently matched adult students who have received at least twelve hours of basic literacy and ESOL instruction in the last full fiscal year. 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. This section will become fully active in late January, 2019.

Send one original full set of signed grant materials along with five copies (6 sets total) by the grant proposal deadline. 2019-20 proposal deadline is

5 P.M. on March 29, 2019

If you cannot download the documents when they become available or if you have additional questions, please contact Rita Layne at 1-804-237-8909 or For an appointment to speak about specific areas of the grant proposal, contact Vic Sanborn at

Other documents of interest:

  • How to write a VLF grant: Grant Guidelines-2019
  • Collaborative Capacity Building Grants: 2019-20 Scoring Sheet
  • Competitive Collaborative Demonstration Grants: 2019-20 Scoring Sheet

Grant deadline: The original grant and five copies must be received by 5 pm on March 29, 2019. 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.

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

Year 2 RFPs: Grant recipients are expected to write a year two proposal that

  • discusses progress and which indicators of successful outcomes were met in Year 1
  • which indicators of successful outcomes still need to be met
  • changes in project design that will ensure a successful two-year project
  • changes in budget allocations
  • description of successful new matching grant donations