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Early Literacy Support Block Grant: Expert Lead in Literacy

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

The California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence invite county offices of education (COEs) to apply for a grant to serve as the Expert Lead in Literacy to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) eligible for funding authorized by the Early Literacy Support Block (ELSB) Grant established pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 98, Sections 113 and 114 Statutes of 2020. This grant will be for $3 million and is available for expenditures over three years (through fiscal year 2022-23).


Eligible Applicants Local educational agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria The applicant must be a COE with demonstrated abilities and expertise developing, implementing, and supporting other LEAs and their schools with literacy instruction and support programs, particularly focused on literacy in early grades. The applicant shall also demonstrate expertise in the four categories of programs and services specified in SB 98, Section 113(e). The selected COE will serve as the Expert Lead, consistent with Education Code Section 52073.1. A COE may partner as a consortium with other LEAs, institutions of higher education, or nonprofit educational services providers to submit a proposal to serve as the Expert Lead. If a consortium submits an application, the lead applicant must be the COE.
Other Eligibility Considerations Not applicable
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Section 114 of the Education Omnibus Trailer Bill (Senate Bill 98) for the 2020-21 California State Budget $3,000,000 from the General Fund to establish an Expert Lead within the statewide system of support.
Source / Type State / Grant
State Fiscal Year 2020-21
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 7810 / 8590
Total Available $3,000,000
Recipient Amount $3,000,000
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Unavailable

Important Dates

Date Application Available October 2, 2020
Due Date October 23, 2020
Expected Notification Date November 6, 2020

Additional Information

Application Request for Applications []
Background Early Literacy Support Block Grant []
Fiscal Unavailable
Funding ResultsFunding Results []
Other Unavailable


Program Suzie Dollesin, 916-323-3584,
Fiscal Eliana Berman,
Division Educator Excellence & Equity Division , 916-323-6440
Last Modified: May 6, 2021
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