ARPA Grants to Adult Literacy Programs


The Oklahoma Department of Libraries is offering grants of up to $6,000 to non-profit library- and community-based Adult Literacy Programs offering tutoring and instruction; as well as to 501(c)3 Literacy Coalitions supporting these local programs and literacy efforts in the state.

These grant dollars are provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) via the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Applicants will explain how the use of requested grant funds will help their programs respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts of the pandemic.

Here's the Path to Applying for an ARPA Grant

Step One: Download this Document

Paper Application and Planning Document (PDF file)

This document is a replica of the online application you will use later. It includes information on eligible products and services as well as space for planning purposes. Read the complete document before moving to Step Two. 

Step Two: Start Planning

What are the greatest needs of your program or coalition during this pandemic? What eligible items and services offered by the grant can help you meet those needs? Start a conversation with your staff, volunteers, and clients to help determine the best use of your grant funds.

Important Note:

Adult literacy programs that are divisions within the library–with staff and services funded by the library–are not eligible for this grant. (The needs of these programs were to be addressed in the ARPA Grants to Public Libraries opportunity.)

Step Three: Got Questions? Get Answers

Programs must acknowledge that they have attended a Zoom webinar on the grant program, or have watched or will watch a recording of a webinar session. These sessions have concluded and a recording of one of the webinars is below. We are also providing a link to the PowerPoint shown during the webinar, as well as a link to find excluded businesses that are prohibited from receiving federal funds.

ARPA Grants for Adult Literacy Programs Webinar - Zoom Recording (Wednesday, September 22)

PowerPoint Slides from ARPA Webinar (PDF)

Exclusion List at Sam.GOV

Step Four: Finalize Planning and Apply Online!

Following the webinar, finalize your planning and grant request. Then, submit your application using the link below.

The online application does not save progress and must be completed in one sitting. That's why prior planning is so important.

Application Deadline is Friday, October 8.

Grant awards will be announced by October 21, 2021.