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Thursday, February 16, 2017

FY 2018 Community Grants Panel

Help Determine Funding for

Adult English Literacy Classes

in Montgomery County


We need your assistance!  The success of a community rests on the ability of its members to be able to connect, share ideas, and address challenges together. To do this, its members must be able to communicate in a common language. ESOL instruction (English for Speakers of Other Languages) has a positive impact on the whole community. English literacy is a core skill for adults to achieve their goals and to clearly steer their families onto a pathway to success.

Volunteer to be part of the Community Grants Panel of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL) for Fiscal Year 2018.  MCAEL is a community coalition that works to expand access to, and improve the quality of, adult English literacy classes in Montgomery County, MD.  MCAEL’s role as a backbone organization allows it to leverage data, resources, and funding to create a multiplier effect for the 60+ organizations and their 1500+ staff and instructors who serve almost 15,000 adults in the county each year.  (www.mcael.org.)  With funding from the Montgomery County government, MCAEL offers grants to support quality adult ESOL classes. 

MCAEL is seeking nonprofit professionals, business leaders, education/ESOL specialists, and community representatives from in and around the Montgomery County area to serve on the Community Grants Panel.  (Note: Individuals who are in leadership roles -- e.g., staff members or board members, etc. -- in literacy organizations receiving or applying for grant funding from MCAEL in Montgomery County or those who otherwise have a similar conflict of interest are not eligible.)

The grants process will run from April – June 2017; the time commitment includes the following meetings:

·       Wednesday, April 19, 5:30 p.m.             Orientation and Training

·       Wed May 10 or Friday, May 12             Applicant Interviews

·       Friday, June 2                                          All-day meeting to develop funding recommendations

(April 19 and June 2 meetings are mandatory; must be available either May 10 or May 12 morning or afternoon.)  Grant panelists read and evaluate 20-30 applications, interview applicants, and join in making funding recommendations to the MCAEL Board of Directors.  A more detailed schedule of time commitment is available upon request.  

Interested applicants living or working in the County should submit their letter of interest with a resume to Ms. Rudi Jeung, Program Manager, at rjeung@mcael.org, by Friday, March 10.  

"Good communication (literacy) promotes dialogue and understanding among people, communities and translates to common goals/progress."
Betty Velthuis
main Body Devider