English Language Acquisition State Grants


To help ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) children, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and meet the same challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards as all children are expected to meet.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Education
Office: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended, Title III, Part A, Sections 3101-3141.
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
Children with limited English proficiency benefit.
2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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 the process they will use in establishing standards and objectives for raising the level of English proficiency LEP students, making sub-grants to eligible entities, and holding sub-grantees accountable for meeting annual measurable achievement objectives. 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 local educational agencies and other eligible entities to meet the educational needs of LEP and immigrant children and youth.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, 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 limited English proficient (LEP) children 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 limited English proficient children in learning English and meeting challenging State academic content and student academic achievement standards, and for subgrants to local school districts 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 planning, evaluation and administrative costs, professional development activities, and technical assistance to and recognition for subgrantees. Subgrantees must use funds to increase the English proficiency of LEP children by providing high-quality language instruction educational programs that are based on scientifically based research and effective in increasing LEP students’ English proficiency and achievement in the core academic subjects. Subgrantees must also provide high-quality professional development to teachers and other educational personnel that is designed to improve instruction and assessment of LEP children, enhance teachers' ability to understand and use curricula, assessment measures, and instructional strategies for LEP students, and is of sufficient intensity and duration to have a positive and lasting impact. Funds may also be used for identifying, acquiring, and upgrading curricula, instructional materials, educational software, and assessment procedures and, providing tutorials and academic or vocational education, and community participation programs, family literacy services and parent outreach and training activities. Subgrantees awarded funds based on a substantial increase in the number of immigrant children and youth must use the funds to provide activities that provide enhanced instructional opportunities, which may including parent training, tutorials, mentoring, and career counseling. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements 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?
Grantees are subject to the reporting requirements contained in Parts 76 and 80 of the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR). In addition, there are program-specific requirements for these formula grants: States prepare and submit reports every year on the programs and activities carried out by the SEA and the effectiveness of such programs and activities in improving the education of children who are limited English proficient. Local educational agencies that receive sub-grants from SEAs must provide States with an evaluation every second year. The evaluation must include: A description of the programs and activities conducted; a description of the progress made by children in learning English and meeting challenging State academic content and achievement standards; the number and percentage of children in the programs attaining English proficiency by the end of each year; and a description of the progress made by children in meeting State academic content and student achievement standards for each of the 2 years after such children are no longer receiving services. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Contact program office.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. All grantees are subject to the provisions of the Single Audit Act.
All grantees must maintain and complete records as provided in EDGAR.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: The Secretary makes grants to SEAs with an approved plan based on 80 percent of each State/outlying area’s share of LEP children and 20 percent of each State/outlying areas’s share of immigrant children and youth. No SEA receives less than $500,000. The total amount allotted to Puerto Rico shall not exceed 0.5 percent of the total amount allotted to all States in any given fiscal year.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.
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. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Supreet Anand Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: supreet.anand@ed.gov Phone: (202) 401-9795.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $671,379,000; FY 15 est $670,469,000; and FY 16 est $670,469,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 15: $93,373 - $146,895,715; $11,972,661 average.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
EDGAR; 34 CFR parts 76 and 2 CFR 200. Notice of Final Interpretation available at::
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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