Update 5/12/20

Applying for a Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant as a Current Striving Readers Subgrantee
The U.S. Department of Education has requested clear distinctions between Striving Readers activities and Comprehensive Literacy State Development activities. If you are planning to apply for a Comprehensive Literacy State Development subgrant, there must be a clear distinction between funding sources to eliminate the risk of co-mingling of funds. If a current Striving Readers subgrantee plans to submit a proposal for the Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant, please consider the following as you prepare your application:
When planning a proposal for the Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant, applicants must propose model sites that will not continue to receive Striving Readers funding beyond September 30, 2020. This could mean proposing buildings as model sites that were not part of Striving Readers or where funds will be fully expended by September 30 and a no-cost extension will not be applied for. 
If a no cost time extension is requested and approved for current Striving Readers buildings, funding for those buildings will continue through June 30, 2021 and therefore preclude those buildings from receiving Comprehensive Literacy State Development funding. This would include districts whose buildings are receiving funding within a consortium. If the consortium requests and receives a no cost extension, the districts are then precluded from applying for Comprehensive Literacy State Development subgrant funding with those same buildings.

For additional questions regarding applying for the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant as a Striving Readers subgrantee, please contact StrivingReaders@education.ohio.gov

The Ohio Department of Education recently was awarded $42 million for a Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to build on ongoing work to improve the language and literacy development of our state’s children. Approximately 95 percent of the award will be distributed directly to local districts, community schools and early childhood education programs to improve literacy outcomes for children from birth through grade 12.

This four-year subgrant will focus on developing model comprehensive literacy sites in early childhood education programs and district preschools as well as elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The model sites will concentrate on implementing practices consistent with Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement. The grant also will support professional learning and coaching. The partnership between the model sites and the Department will allow early childhood education programs, districts, schools and families to improve student literacy and increase educational options available to students who have been traditionally underserved.

Subgrant Application Information

Local Literacy Plan

Ohio's Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement


General Resources

Application Development Resources

In response to Ohio’s ordered school-building closure, the Department is releasing additional resources to support interested applicants in developing applications for the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Subgrant. 

Model Comprehensive Literacy Guidebooks

The Ohio Department of Education is seeking national experts to assist in the development of resources and professional learning for literacy improvements for the $42 million birth to grade 12 Comprehensive Literacy State Development Grant. If you are interested, please fill out the following survey by Friday, May 29, 2020.


Send questions to ComprehensiveLiteracy@education.ohio.gov

Last Modified: 5/14/2020 2:21:49 PM