New Mexico Coalition for Literacy: Operating Assistance Grants to Local Adult Literacy Providers
The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy (NMCL) announces the availability of operational funds to support local adult literacy providers. All local adult literacy providers must offer basic literacy services to adults who read at or below the sixth grade level. Eligible providers must be primarily adult-oriented and utilize volunteer tutors in a one-to-one instructional setting. Programs that are primarily child-focused or that rely heavily on classroom instruction are generally not a priority.
Amount: Funding will range from $1,000 to $30,000.
Eligibility: Operating assistance grants are available for local literacy providers that:
- Provide literacy services to adults who read at or below the sixth-grade level (as demonstrated through standard assessment instruments)
- Offer one-to-one tutoring, exclusively or in large part, for delivering literacy services to adults
- Use volunteer tutors with NMCL-provided or NMCL-approved tutor training, exclusively or in part, to provide literacy services
- Serve residents of New Mexico
All volunteer tutors must have: 1) tutor training offered by the NMCL (offered at no cost); or 2) ProLiteracy training that is approved by the NMCL; or 3) an exception on file with the NMCL for not having met one of these options prior to applying.
Applicants may incorporate English as a Second Language (ESL) services into supported work if they also offer adult reading services. Additionally, qualified applicants must:
- Be in current compliance with required government filings (e.g., New Mexico Attorney General, Internal Revenue Service, and Secretary of State); AND
- Have tax exemption under code 501(c)(3) of the IRS; or have a fiscal sponsor that is tax exempt under code 501(c)(3).
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