State and Federal Funding Supports Adults Returning to School


COLUMBUS — The University System of Ohio's Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs are the gateway for more than 45,000 of Ohioans re-entering the educational pipeline. Brushing up on skills to prepare for college, bolstering their job readiness, and preparing to take the GED test - these students are pursuing education that will make them, and Ohio, more competitive in the knowledge-based economy.

"These programs help many Ohioans get into higher education and jobs," said Eric D. Fingerhut, Ohio Board of Regents chancellor. "As part of the University System of Ohio, ABLE is an important asset in preparing the state's workforce for the knowledge economy."

Services provided to the ABLE network's students (46,042 in Fiscal Year 2010) are supported by a combination of federal and state funds. Each year, eligible service providers apply to the Ohio Board of Regents for funding to provide these services. ABLE Instructional and English Literacy and Civics (EL/Civics) Education FY 2012 continuation grants are now available for current recipients to complete and submit.

Adult Basic and Literacy Education Instructional Grant

ABLE Instructional Grant established programs are invited to apply for funds for FY 2012. These funds are to be used to continue to assist adults to develop literacy skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; to obtain educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and to provide educational skills necessary for completion of a secondary level of education and transitions to postsecondary education or training.

English Literacy and Civics (EL/Civics) Education Grant

Current EL/Civics Education Grant programs are also encouraged to apply to continue receiving funds to provide limited English proficient adults with English literacy education. EL/Civics grants programs integrate civics instruction on understanding and navigating American government and public education systems, the workplace and other key American institutions.


Programs with ABLE Instructional and EL/Civics funds are required to apply for continued funding. The application for funding is to be completed in the Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Planning (CCIP) application through the Ohio Department of Education. All proposals must be entered into CCIP by 5 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2011, in order to be considered for funding during fiscal year 2012. In addition, the grant addendum must be emailed to Sharon Brannon, program coordinator, at on or before 5 p.m., Friday, May 6, 2011.

Ohio Board of Regents Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487