Request for Funding Proposal (RFP)

The Alabama Community College System (ACCS), Adult Education Division (AE) is requesting proposals for funding from eligible providers to develop, implement, and improve adult education and literacy activities within the State by establishing or operating programs to provide a comprehensive service model for adult education and literacy services, including programs that provide such activities concurrently. This funding is made available through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA). The Request for Proposal (RFP), instructions and general information apply to all of the following grant opportunities:

Grant Opportunities:

  • Adult Education & Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), WIOA, Section 231
  • Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE), WIOA, Section 243

Eligible Applicants

An organization must be considered an eligible provider to receive federal adult basic education funding. An “eligible provider” is defined as an organization that has demonstrated effectiveness in providing adult education and literacy activities. These organizations may include, but are not limited to (as provided in WIOA Title II Section 203(5): 34 CFR 463.23):

  1. A local educational agency,
  2. A community-based organization or faith-based organization,
  3. A volunteer literacy organization,
  4. An institution of higher education,
  5. A public or private nonprofit agency,
  6. A library,
  7. A corrections or institutionalized agency,
  8. A public housing authority,
  9. A nonprofit institution not described in (a) through (g) of this section and has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals,
  10. A consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described in (a) through (h) of this section; and
  11. A partnership between an employer and an entity described (a) through (j) of this section.
  12. Other


Release of RFP to prospective entities February 24, 2021
Bidder’s Webinar March 5, 2021
Deadline:  Grant Proposals due to ACCS, Adult Education Division April 5, 2021      4:00pm CST
Review of Proposals by Local Workforce Development Boards and Review Committee (ACCS AE has a process in place for the WDB Board Review.  ACCS AE will forward all proposals to the WDBs for review, based on the internal process found on the RFP website.) April 5, 2021 – May 7, 2021
Deadline:  LWDBs and Review Committee Results – comments to AE May 7, 2021
AE conducts final review and makes final determination for awarding funding May 7 – 21, 2021
Official Competition Result Notification to all Applicants May 21, 2021
WIOA Adult Education Grant Period Begins October 1, 2021

Bidder’s Conference Webinar

The purpose of the Bidder’s Conference is to answer questions to clarify the RFP requirements and provide supplemental information to assist potential eligible applicants in submitting responses to the RFP.  While the conference is not mandatory, interested parties are strongly encouraged to participate.

March 5, 2021, 9:30AM – 11:30 AM, Central Standard Time

Meeting ID: 992 9270 2089

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Preparing and Submitting the Application

Proposal Submission Requirements:

Applicants must submit four (4) complete copies of the RFP package.

  • One (1) electronic copy emailed in PDF format to [email protected]
  • Three (3) paper copies bearing original signatures in BLUE Ink

Mail Paper Copies to:
Alabama Community College System
Adult Education Division
Attn: David Walters
135 S Union St.
Montgomery, AL 36104

Hand delivered proposals will be accepted  Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Deadline for Submission is April 5, 2021, no later than 4:00 p.m. CT

Proposal Format:

Proposals must be submitted in the format and content specified in these instructions.

  • The signature page must include original signatures of the lead organization/fiscal agent.
  • No hand written proposals will be accepted.
  • Incomplete proposal packages will not be considered.