Who May Apply: (by category) local educational agencies (LEAs); national not-for-profit organizations; consortia of the previously mentioned organizations and/or agencies.

Who May Apply: (specifically) an applicant must be one of the following:

  1. a high-need LE;
  2. an National not-for-profit (NNP) that serves children and students within the attendance boundaries of one or more high-need LEAs;
  3. a consortium of high-need LEAs; or
  4. The Bureau of Indian Education.

High-need local education agency (LEA) means an LEA in which at least 20 percent of the students aged 5-17 in the school attendance area of the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line, based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for school districts for the most recent income year (Census list).

For an LEA that is not included on the Census list, such as a charter school LEA, an LEA for which the State educational agency (SEA) determines, consistent with the manner described under section 1124(c) of the ESEA, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, in which the SEA determines an LEA’s eligibility for Title I allocations, that 20 percent of the students aged 5-17 in the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line.

National not-for-profit organization means an agency, organization, or institution owned and operated by one or more corporations or associations whose net earnings do not benefit, and cannot lawfully benefit, any private shareholder or entity.  In addition, it means, for the purposes of this program, an organization of national scope that is supported by staff or affiliates at the State and local levels, who may include volunteers, and that has a demonstrated history of effectively developing and implementing literacy activities.

Last Modified: 06/10/2021