The goal of the MCAEL grants program is to increase the availability of adult ESOL and literacy services that support identified community needs and diverse populations while also supporting improvement of the quality of services. MCAEL is pleased to partner with the Montgomery County Government to offer grant support for programs during the fiscal year from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

Grant Types

MCAEL offers two types of grants:



General Timeline

Late January: MCAEL RFP released; Application form available on MCAEL website
Late January: Grant Information meeting at MCAEL
Early/Mid March: MCAEL staff available by appointment for specific application questions.
Early April: Applications to be submitted electronically.
May/June: MCAEL Grant Panel members review applications and interview all applicants • County Council approves County budget • Grant Panel meets to develop funding recommendations • MCAEL board meets to approve funding recommendations
Early June: Applicants are notified in writing of the MCAEL board’s final funding decision. Awards also announced on our awards page



Who is Eligible to Apply?

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, have a similar designation from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or have a partnership that includes a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Nonprofits must be incorporated under state law. While applicants can have offices outside Montgomery County, beneficiaries of funded services must be either Montgomery County residents or employed in Montgomery County. An organization may apply for MCAEL funding regardless of whether it has previously applied for other County-administered grant programs, such as the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Applicants who receive funding one year are not guaranteed funding in subsequent years – funding is dependent on many factors including performance in the current and/or previous years.

Grant Review Panel Process

Grant Review Panel - All funding decisions are made by a volunteer Grant Panel composed of community members. The panel members are selected to represent a diversity of experience and expertise in one or more of the following: the local community and community’s needs, nonprofit management, adult ESOL, literacy, and/or government/non-profit grant making.

For more information or to be a member of the review panel please email Kathy Stevens


Grants Awarded

Grant Award IconFor 2018-2019 

$1.19 Million 
to 27 programs
offered by

20 Organizations

Current Grant Recipients 
Past Grant Recipients

FY 2020 Grant Awards

Instructor reading MCAEL Brochure FY20 Requests for Proposals will
be issued in late January 2019



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