Eligibility

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 LEA (as defined in the NIA);
  2. an National not-for-profit (NNP) (as defined in the NIA) 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.

In addition, to be considered for an award under this competition, an applicant must coordinate with school libraries in developing project proposals.

A national not-for-profit organization that applies for an IAL grant is required to submit documentation of its nonprofit 501(c)(3) status with the grant application.

To determine the eligibility of an LEA, we use the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for school districts for the most recent income year. A list of LEAs by State with family poverty rates (based on the SAIPE data) is posted below.

Some LEAs such as some charter school LEAs, State-administered schools, and regional education service agencies are not included in the SAIPE data for school districts. In such cases, LEA eligibility is based on a determination by the State educational agency (SEA), consistent with the manner in which the SEA determines the LEA’s eligibility for the Title I allocations, that 20 percent of the students aged 5-17 in the LEA are from families with incomes below the poverty line. Applicants must submit documentation from the State certifying official verifying that the SEA has determined this eligibility requirement is met for each LEA not listed in the SAIPE data.

<!– (1) a high-need LEA; (2) a national not-for-profit organization that serves children and students within the attendance boundaries of a high-need LEA; (3) a consortium of one or more national not-for-profit organizations that serve children and students within the attendance boundaries of  one or more high-need LEAs; or (4) a consortium of high-need LEAs.


High-need local educational agency(LEA) means an LEA, including a charter school or State-administered school that is considered an LEA under State law, in which at least 25 percent of the students aged 0-17 in the geographic area served by the LEA (or, in the case of a charter school that is an LEA, at least 25 percent of the students enrolled in the school) are from families with incomes below the poverty line based on the most recent satisfactory data available from the U.S. Census Bureau at the time this notice is published. These data are Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates for school districts for the most recent income year, and are listed at the bottom of this page.

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.

Eligible consortia are: a consortium of one or more national not-for-profit organizations and one or more LEAs; a consortium of one or more national not-for-profit organizations; or a consortium of LEAs.  The members of each type of consortium shall either 1) designate one member of the group to apply for the grant; or 2) establish a separate, eligible legal entity to apply for the grant. If the consortium decides to designate one member of the group to apply for the grant, the applicant for the group is the grantee and is legally responsible for: (a) the use of all grant funds; (b) ensuring that the project is carried out by the group in accordance with Federal requirements; and (c) ensuring that indirect cost funds are determined as required under EDGAR §75.564(e).  Members of the consortium shall also enter into an agreement that details the activities each member plans to perform and that binds each member to every statement and assurance made by the applicant in the application.  The applicant shall submit the agreement with its application (See EDGAR § 75.127-129 found at http://www.ed.gov/policy/fund/reg/edgarReg/edgar.html).

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All applicants must include the FY16 IAL Applicant Eligibility Form and, if applicable, additional documentation confirming eligibility for this program when they apply. When attaching this form to your application package in Grants.gov, select “Other Attachments Form” to include this material before submitting the application. Remember, you must convert the completed form into a pdf document before attaching it to the Other Attachments Form. The Department only accepts ready-only, non-modifiable PDF files as attachments, and we will not review any material submitted in other formats.

The eligibility form is also available in the FY16 IAL Application Instructions Package.

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All applicants must submit the Applicant Eligibility Form and, if applicable, additional documentation confirming eligibility for this program. During the application upload process in Grants.gov, applicants must attach the requisite form to the area marked “Optional Other”.

The IAL eligibility form is also available in the IAL FY 2012 Application.

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Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates

Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates data for school districts for the most recent income year are included below. (For the 2018 competition, the most recent income year is 2016)

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky

Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming