Comprehensive Literacy Development


The objective of the Comprehensive Literacy Development program is to advance literacy skills, including pre-literacy skills, reading and writing for students from birth through grade 12, including English learner and students with disabilities.

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
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title II, Part B, Subpart 2, Section 2222
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State educational agencies are eligible applicants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The Comprehensive Literacy Development program benefits children and youth from birth through 12th grade.
This program is covered.
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. Applicants must prepare and submit an application in accordance with the Application and Instructions published on the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy website at OMB required assurances and certifications include: Standard Forms 424B (Assurances for Non-Construction Programs), including the assurances relating to the legal authority to apply for assistance; access to records; conflict of interest; merit systems; nondiscrimination; Hatch Act provisions; labor standards; flood hazards; historic preservation; protection of human subjects; animal welfare; lead-based paint; Single Audit Act; and the general agreement to comply with all applicable Federal laws, executive orders and regulations; lobbying in Department Form 80-0013, Standard Form-LLL, Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying.
Award Procedure
The Department of Education notifies successful applicants of awards.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range of approval/disapproval time is approximately 60 to 120 days following the full application deadline.
Not applicable.
Applicants may apply for a project period of up to 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations and satisfactory progress.
How are proposals selected?
The selection criteria will be included in the application package. For additional information please visit the website
How may assistance be used?
Comprehensive Literacy Development discretionary grantees must use these funds to carry out the activities described in their approved applications. Striving Readers/Comprehensive Literacy Development grantees must use these funds to create a comprehensive literacy program to advance literacy skills, including pre-literacy skills, reading, and writing. These funds must be used for services and activities that have characteristics of effective literacy instruction through professional development, screening and assessment, targeted interventions for students reading below grade level and other research-based methods of improving classroom instruction and practices for all students. Grantees may reserve up to 5 percent of their awards for State leadership activities, including technical assistance and training, data collection, reporting, and administration.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is included in the annual progress report.
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.
In accordance with the General Education Provisions Act and the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), certain records must be retained for 3 years.
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.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Applicants may apply for a project period of up to 5 years. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations and satisfactory progress. Electronic transfer
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sylvia Lyles
Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW,
Washington, DC 20202 US
Phone: (202) 260-2551
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$190,000,000.00; FY 19 est $190,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$190,000,000.00; FY 16$190,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Current Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR), 34 CFR Parts 74, 75, 76, 77,79,80,81,82,85,86,97,98,and 99. Contact the program office for additional information.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No Current Data Available. No Current Data Available.


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