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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MCAEL Announces $1,190,000 in Grant Awards for FY19

MCAEL Announces $1,190,000 in Grant Awards for FY19

20 Organizations Receive Funds to Support

Adult English Literacy in Montgomery County

ROCKVILLE, MD – July 10, 2018 – The Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), announces the award of $1,190,000 in grants to support adult English literacy programs across Montgomery County. Funding for the grants is provided in partnership with the Montgomery County Government, with the support of County Executive Leggett and the Montgomery County Council. 

A total of 20 organizations will receive grant support from MCAEL, for 27 adult English literacy programs. Recommendations for funding were made by a 13-member volunteer Grant Review Panel, composed of community members. FY19 grant recipients are, in alphabetical order:

Ana A. Brito Foundation, Inc.

Bender Jewish Community Center

Briggs Center for Faith and Action

CASA de Maryland

Catholic Charities

Chinese Culture and Community Service Center

Community Ministries of Rockville

Covenant Life Church

Ethiopian Community Center*

Family Services, Inc.

*  New FY19 Partner  

George B. Thomas, Sr. Learning Academy

Identity Inc.

Impact Silver Spring

International Rescue Committee*

Literacy Council of Montgomery County

MCPS Educational Foundation

Rockville Seniors, Inc.

Seneca Creek Community Church

Service Workers Training and Education Partnership*

Vietnamese American Services


The objective of MCAEL’s grants program is to increase the availability of adult English literacy services offered to diverse populations, and to improve the quality of those services in the county. FY19 grant awards are detailed in the “Grant Awards for FY19” page available on the MCAEL website at http://www.mcael.org/uploads/file/FY19%20Grant%20Announcement%20.pdf.


MCAEL is a community coalition of public, nonprofit, and business partners that support more than 60 adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and literacy service programs, 1,500 instructors and staff, and over 15,000 adult learners. Together, the Coalition works to strengthen the community by helping adults gain the English literacy skills needed to reach their potential as parents, employees, and community members. For more information, please visit http://www.mcael.org.





"Without MCAEL, we’d be duplicating efforts and maybe not doing [our work] very well.  I’m so impressed by the people of all ages and backgrounds who are involved.  We all have a commitment to help people learn English, so they can function in the community and within families."
Dunya Hecht, Rockville Senior Center English program
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