2021-2025 Request for Applications

Please notify NMHED of intent to apply at adult.education@state.nm.us by March 5, 2021.

Pre-Application Webinar

We will hold a pre-application webinar for intended applicants on March 10, 2021. Email adult.education@state.nm.us for an invitation to the webinar. It will be recorded and posted here after March 10.

Pre-application webinar

If you have a question about the RFA, please email adult.education@state.nm.us. We will respond with written answers. In the section below, we will also post written questions we receive and our answers.


The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED), Adult Education Division, announces a Request for Applications (RFA) to receive grants to support the operation of Adult Education and Family Literacy programs and to support Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education programs in New Mexico. Grants will be funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II, and by the New Mexico State Legislature. Providers will deliver services in collaboration with WIOA Titles I, III, and IV partners.

Grants will be awarded for a four-year period: Fiscal years 2022-2025 (beginning on July 1, 2021, and ending on June 30, 2025). Continuation of funding through this four-year period is dependent upon availability of funds and adherence to grant requirements.

The purpose of this grant application is to fund programs that:

  1. Assist adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency;
  2. Assist adults who are parents or family members to obtain the education and skills that—

        (A) Are necessary to becoming full partners in the educational development of their children; and

        (B) Lead to sustainable improvements in the economic opportunities for their family;

    3.  Assist adults in attaining a secondary school diploma and in the transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways; and

    4.  Assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners in—

         (A) Improving their—

                (i) reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension skills in English; and

                (ii) mathematics skills; and

          (B) acquiring an understanding of the American system of Government, individual freedom, and the responsibilities of citizenship.