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Early Literacy Support Block Grant: Expert Lead in Literacy

Note: The due date for the request for applications has passed. This page is for reference and administration of funding.

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).

Program Questions: Suzie Dollesin, email:, phone: 916-323-3584

Downloading Questions: ELSB Office, email:

Completed applications are due by Friday, October 23, 2020, before 4:00 p.m.

Information is subject to change.
Document Description
Instructions and application for fiscal year 2020-21.
Fillable XLSX form for the RFA budget.
Activities, Timeline, and Responsible Parties Template.

ELSB Grant: Expert Lead in Literacy Online Application. Please see Appendix B of the RFA for instructions.

ELSB Grant Application Webinar

  • October 2, 2020
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Certifications and Assurances

Document Description

General Assurances & Certifications (Posted Feb-2020)

Required as a condition of receiving funds. Applicants do not need to sign and return them with the application; they must be downloaded and kept on file for compliance reviews, complaint investigations, or audits. Applicants that participate in the Consolidated Application - ConApp - should have a copy on file and do not need another copy. Program-specific assurances are not included here and should be listed separately on the RFA.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, August 29, 2023
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