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Questions about the 2021-2022 Virginia Literacy Foundation grants? Contact Vic Sanborn at vjgerkenssanborn (at) gmail (dot) com to send questions or arrange for a phone appointment, or contact Rita Layne at the VLF at 804-237-8909 or vlilv@

2021-2022 Request for Proposal (RFP) Materials:

Grant Documents: Click on this link, which leads to a folder with Word and PDF documents. Due to technical difficulties, there are no fillable forms.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENTS INTO YOUR OWN FOLDER before filling them out.

Since 1987, the Virginia Literacy Foundation (VLF) has funded an average of 25-30 community-based and faith-based adult literacy programs each year with matching grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. Programs that have been steadily funded by the VLF collectively serve over 10,000 adults annually, using approximately 5,000 volunteers.

This year (2021) the Virginia Literacy Foundation will offer one year matching grant funds to adult literacy programs with 501 (c) 3 status. Please read the RFP (Request for Proposal) carefully to review this year’s changes. Grants are offered in the following categories:

  • SILVER: Matching grant of $2,500: A community-based adult literacy organization that served 30-49 students for a minimum of 6 hours of instruction, but preferred 12 hours of instruction in the last full fiscal year. Programs serving fewer than 30 students may partner with another CBLO to qualify for funding. Proposal length: Two pages and attachments.

  • GOLD: Matching grant of $5,000: A community-based adult literacy organization that served 50-149 students for a minimum of 6 hours of instruction, but preferred 12 hours of instruction in the last full fiscal year. Programs serving fewer than 50 students may partner with another CBLO to qualify for funding. Proposal length: Three pages and attachments.

  • PLATINUM: Matching grant of $7,500: A community-based adult literacy organization that served 150+ students for a minimum of 12 hours of instruction in the last full fiscal year. Programs serving fewer than 150 students may partner with another CBLO to qualify for funding. Proposal length: Four pages and attachments.

Due Date for Grant Proposals: Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Submit the original and five copies of the grant proposal and attachments by 5:00 p.m. to:

Rita Layne

Virginia Literacy Foundation

413 Stuart Circle, Suite 303

Richmond, VA 23220

REPORTS:

Reports due for Year Two of FY 2019-2021 Grants

Reports due for FY2021-2022 One Year Grant

Mid-Year Report: April 16, 2021

Year-End Report: December 1, 2021

Mid-Year Report: February 1, 2022

Year-End Report: September 1, 2022

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