Aspire Grants


The 2019 Aspire Grant Application is closed.  Thank you for your interest!

FY2019 Competitive Grant

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Aspire Adult Workforce Readiness Education program is accepting applications from eligible providers to implement and improve adult education and literacy activities within the state and to operate programs that provide a comprehensive model for adult education services.

Aspire programs assist adults in developing literacy skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; obtaining educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and achieving the educational skills necessary for completion of a secondary level of education. This funding is made available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA).

The deadline for applying for the three-year grant is March 30, 2018.

The Aspire Grant Instructions and General Information document and other grant resources are available at

All questions must be sent to



For background information on the Ohio Aspire program, see this presentation.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) Aspire Ohio Adult Workforce Readiness Education office will be hosting a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for a multi-year grant award period beginning in fiscal year 2018-19.

Initial grant period will be

July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

An RFP is proposed to be released in early January, 2018.

The award funds are made possible through a combination of the:

ODHE Aspire hosts a website page with helpful WIOA resources, including links to the WIOA law and regulations and the website for OCTAE, Aspire’s federal governing agency.

The above includes any and all information currently available.

Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Aspire Program is not able to respond to individual questions from potential applicants at this time; however, a question and answer period will be conducted during the Request for Proposal process. Questions and responses will be published on the Aspire Grants webpage for public viewing.