English Language Acquisition State Grants


To help ensure that English learners (ELs), including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and meet the same challenging State academic standards that all children are expected to meet.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, Title III, Part A, Sections 3101-3131.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States with approved State plans and outlying areas are eligible to receive funds.
Beneficiary Eligibility
English learners and immigrant children and youth benefit.
2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. SEAs apply for grants by submitting a plan to the Department that describes, among other things, the process they will use in establishing standards and objectives for raising the level of English proficiency for ELs, making sub-grants to eligible entities, and holding sub-grantees accountable for meeting the objectives described in their funded applications. Outlying area applicants may apply under the Consolidated Application Process for outlying areas through which they may combine various program funds. An application submitted under the Consolidated Application Process for outlying areas must address the purpose of the grant, priorities, goals and objectives, activities, evaluation, needs, and include a budget indicating how the funds will be used.
Award Procedure
The Department allocates funds to any SEA with an approved plan. SEAs must expend at least 95 percent of their Title III allotments to award subgrants to LEAs and other eligible entities to meet the educational needs of ELs and immigrant children and youth.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 120 days.
Section 432 of the General Education Provisions Act provides local educational agencies with a right of appeal in disagreements between State and local educational agencies, including disagreements over funding decisions. Where a local educational agency alleges that a denial of funding is "a violation of State or Federal law, rules, regulations, or guidelines governing the applicable program," it may, within 30 days, request a hearing from the State educational agency. Once the hearing is held and the State educational agency issues its written ruling, the local educational agency may appeal a negative ruling to the Secretary.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The Department makes awards to States and outlying areas using a formula based on their share of ELs and immigrant children and youth. State educational agencies (SEAs) must use at least 95 percent of their allocations to award subgrants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to assist ELs in learning English and meeting challenging State academic standards, and for subgrants to LEAs that have experienced a significant increase in the number of immigrant children and youth. The immigrant subgrants cannot exceed 15 percent of the SEA's total allocation. SEAs may reserve up to 5 percent of their allocations for the establishment and implementation of statewide entrance and exit procedures for ELs, planning, evaluation, professional development activities, technical assistance and recognition. From the amount it reserves for those State activities, SEAs may reserve 50 percent of that amount or $175,000, whichever is greater, for direct administrative costs. Subgrantees must use funds to increase the English proficiency of ELs by providing effective language instruction educational programs that will increase ELs, English proficiency and achievement in the core academic subjects. Subgrantees must also provide effective professional development to teachers and other educational personnel that is designed to improve instruction and assessment of ELs designed to enhance teachers' ability to understand and use curricula, assessment measures, and instructional strategies for ELs, designed to increase ELs English proficiency or substantially increase teachers' subject matter content knowledge and skills; and is of sufficient intensity and duration to have a positive and lasting impact on teachers' performance in the classroom. Funds may also be used for a variety of allowable activities aimed at increasing the English proficiency of ELs and helping ELs meet the challenging State academic standards, including identifying, acquiring, and upgrading curricula, instructional materials, educational software, and assessment procedures, providing tutorials and academic or career and technical education and intensified instruction providing community participation programs, family literacy services and parent outreach and training activities improving instruction for ELs with disabilities; and offering early college high school or dual or concurrent enrollment programs. Subgrantees awarded funds based on a significant increase in the number of immigrant children and youth must use the funds to provide activities that provide enhanced instructional opportunities, which may include providing family literacy and outreach activities; recruiting staff with expertise in serving immigrant children and youth; providing tutorials, mentoring, and career counseling; and identifying, developing, and acquiring curricular materials, educational software, and technologies for the purpose of supporting immigrant children and youth. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements (with respect to State, local, and other Federal funds) and grantees must use a restricted indirect cost rate, which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance, call the Office of Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 708-7770.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Contact program office.
All grantees are subject to the provisions of the Single Audit Act.
All grantees must maintain and complete records as provided in EDGAR and 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, awards to SEAs are made on July 1. In addition, funds remain available to SEAs and LEAs for an additional fiscal year for obligation and expenditure under section 421(b) of GEPA. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Faatimah Muhammad
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 453-6827
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$681,021,655.00; FY 19 est $681,021,655.00; FY 20 est $681,021,655.00; FY 17$684,469,000.00; FY 16$684,469,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 19 $87,913 - $143,884,023; $12,161,101 average.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
EDGAR; 34 CFR parts 76 and 2 CFR 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available


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