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. The application deadline for FY20 grants (for classes taking place July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) is April 2, 2019, 5:00 pm.  Beginning this year, all applications must be submitted through the MCAEL online grants portal.

Grant Types

MCAEL offers two types of grants:


MCAEL Grants Process Timeline

By January 25, 2019: FY20 application information available on MCAEL website.
January 30, 1 pm: Grant Information meeting at the Conference Center, 9200 Corporate Blvd., Rockville, MD 20850.  Online grants portal will open after this meeting.
Week of March 11: MCAEL staff available by appointment for specific application questions. Priority will be given to first-time applicants, new program staff, and access grant applicants. Sign up here [add link].
April 2, 5:00 pm: Application deadline – all applications must be submitted through the MCAEL online grants portal, found here.
May 8 and 10: In-person applicant interviews with MCAEL Grant Review Panel. 
May: County Council approves County budget. Grant Panel meets to develop funding recommendations.
Early June: MCAEL board meets to review recommendations and approve grant awards. Applicants are notified in writing of the MCAEL board’s final funding decision. Awards also announced on our awards page.
Mid-June/July: Award recipients make any necessary adjustments to program and budget to align with amount awarded, discuss grant requirements with MCAEL staff, and sign Letters of Agreement.
September: First of two award payments.

What you need to apply:

To get started, please download and read carefully the relevant Program or Access Grant guidelines below.  Then create an account on the MCAEL online grants portal, where you will complete and submit your application. 

•    PROGRAM Grant Guidelines
•    PROGRAM Grant Application Template
•    PROGRAM Grant Data and Budget Workbook
•    ACCESS Grant Guidelines
•    ACCESS Grant Application Template
•    ACCESS Grant Data and Budget Workbook
•    Application Attachments Checklist

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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