Frequently Asked Questions

What is the mission of CLCP?

The mission of the Certified Literate Community Program is to mobilize every resource available to a community into a literacy campaign that functions within state certification guidelines and will result in a literate community. A CLCP develops written plans appropriate to that community that will lead to the achievement of the following common goals:

  1. To secure the commitment of all leading public and private community organizations to the literacy campaign.
  2. To create and sustain public demand for a literate community.
  3. To achieve new enrollment annually and retain existing enrollment to the extent necessary to achieve the designation, Certified Literate Community.
  4. To assess and document progress and to recognize publicly the incremental economic, social and cultural benefits of literacy skills improvements achieved within the community.
  5. To develop a program that is capable of being sustained for the community to achieve and exhibit its ability to maintain the designation, Certified Literate Community.

Are CLCP efforts a duplication of services? Is this work already being done by technical colleges, workforce investment or other programs?

CLCP is a local solution, not a state or federal solution. Created in 1990 by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the Georgia Council on Adult Literacy (GCAL), CLCP asks a community to establish a non-profit collaborative to promote, support and enhance local community literacy efforts.

By making literacy a community-wide commitment, the twin problems of scarce funding and the need to recruit adult students in greater numbers are addressed. The purpose of the CLCP is to harness the power of communities through a coalition that mobilizes all local resources to fight illiteracy. It is a business-education-government partnership resulting in improved literacy levels of children, families and workers throughout entire communities.

As a coalition, CLCP is not necessarily a service provider but rather an umbrella organization that brings all sectors of a community together with all literacy providers to map out the best use of resources already available as well as how to acquire the additional resources necessary to meet local literacy needs.

CLCPs are about economic development, workplace skills, parents able to help their children with their homework, adults able to understand and follow prescription medicine directions for themselves and their children, individuals being able to read a map or road sign, immigrants acquiring English language skills and anyone acquiring computer skills. CLCP is about lifelong learning and acquiring a new skill at any point in life. Technical colleges, workforce investment programs, and school systems are part of this effort but could not accomplish these things on their own.

What are some of the unique things that CLCPs do?

To date, CLCPs have provided the funding to build adult learning centers, addressed transportation and childcare needs, provided materials, equipment, tutors, additional class locations and GED testing scholarships. CLCPs manage local “Dictionary Projects,” after school homework programs and reading initiatives in the schools. They work with students in high school to prevent dropouts. They promote adult education services, recruit and retain adult education students in the classes and provide a support system to students and literacy providers alike.

CLCPs ultimately change the culture of a community. When education is made a priority and is recognized as being tied to resolving community concerns such as crime, poverty, teenage pregnancy and substance abuse, and when educational achievement is respected and celebrated, those who need to go back to school do so and those who are in school stay there.

How are CLCPs funded?
CLCPs are self-designed, self-owned, self-managed community efforts. CLCPs decide their budgets based on the goals and director’s salary. They set and are responsible for funding their own efforts. As mentioned previously, the purpose of CLCP is to mobilize local resources. As collaboratives, CLCPs find success with grants, foundations and local fundraisers. For as many CLCPs that exist, there are that many different funding formulas.

CLCP Application And GaDOE L4GA Community Grant FAQs

Do we need a full-time director for CLCP that is paid to apply?

No, TCSG does not want to dictate the organizational structure that works best for your unique communities. You are NOT required to have a full-time or paid CLCP director to apply.

We have been a CLCP for 25 years. Do you still need us to fill out the information?

Yes, please view this application as your annual report. The State of Georgia has been fortunate to have a thriving network of CLCPs for over 3 decades. However, over the past 30 years, we have had CLCPs to dissolve, form new partnerships, and reorganize. Having a common point to accept new CLCPs and understand how each of our current CLCPs are organized allows us at OAE to accomplish multiple goals, such as:

  • Ensure alignment between the CLCP and the needs of the TCSG-funded Adult Education program provider(s)
  • Advocate for additional supports for our CLCPs based upon their current vision and goals
  • Broaden our understanding of the unique successes and challenges our CLCPs encounter
  • Have a comprehensive directory of engaged and current CLCPs with accurate information

Do we have to apply for both the grant and our CLCP?

No. We anticipate having additional grant opportunities and it is perfectly acceptable to say, “No thanks” for this current opportunity. We do need you all to apply/reapply for your CLCP.

How many letters of support do we need at minimum for the CLCP application?

You must have a letter of support from the TCSG Adult Education program provider. You are not required to have any additional letters of support for the CLCP application (but you can certainly attach others!). It is fairly common practice to draft an initial letter of support for the organizations that you are requesting support from. They can then review, edit, and provide you what you need in a timely manner.

We are a school system/library/governmental entity. Do we still need to hold non-profit status?

Government entities do not qualify for 501(c)3 status but are still able to accept donations for a public purpose. You are still able to apply as a CLCP if your current configuration allows for you to accept donations for a public purpose. However, there are restrictions regarding lobbying that you should be aware of as a CLCP that operates under a local or state governmental entity.

Do we have to have a certain amount of funds in the bank to apply for a CLCP?

No, the requirement regarding a minimum balance applies to the grant application ONLY. Of course, your CLCP should be fiscally solvent but we are not requiring a minimum balance as a CLCP.

Is the grant due September 3?

No, the CLCP Application and GaDOE L4GA grant are due September 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm.