Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) grants

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) programming combines four instructional elements: English language acquisition, civics, workforce preparation and workforce training. Visit the IELCE page in the ABE Instruction section of this website to learn more about this type of instruction.

While any ABE program can offer IELCE as part of their ABE programming, a portion of the federal ABE funds received by the state of Minnesota is designated specifically to support IELCE programming. These funds are administered by the MN Department of Education ABE office, which issues a bi-annual RFP (Request for Proposals) for IELCE projects and programs. All ABE providers that serve the immigrant and refugee community are eligible to apply for IELCE funding.

The following ABE programs have been awarded IELCE grants in the 2017 grant competition. These grants will begin in the 2017-2018 program year and will be renewable for the 2018-2019 program year. The 2017 grant process was particularly competitive, with 24 applications submitted and 9 selected for funding.

  • Anoka-Hennepin Public Schools, Metro North
  • Bloomington Public Schools, Metro South
  • Hopkins Public Schools, Adult Options in Education
  • Mankato Public Schools
  • Minnesota Literacy Council
  • Neighborhood House
  • Robbinsdale Area Schools
  • Saint Paul Public Schools
  • ThinkSelf

To see more detail about IELCE grantees and their proposed projects, open the Summary of IELCE grants for 2017-2019.

The next RFP process for IELCE funds is scheduled to take place in the spring of 2019.