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Questions and Answers for the FY 16 Workplace Education Request for Proposals (RFP)

These are responses to the questions received through the Workplace Education RFP online mailbox
As of February 17, 2016

February 3, 2016

My program and the business partner are in two different cities. Is that a problem?
There is no requirement that the business partner and the education provider be in the same city. As long as the business partner is in the Commonwealth the partnership is eligible.
Can applicants apply for more money than is provided in the higher end of the grant awards that appear in the RFP?
Yes. Applicants are advised to provide rationales for requests for amounts that are higher than those cited in the RFP.
Is it possible that an outcome of the workplace analysis is that a partnership cannot move forward to Phase 2 Implementation?
Planning grants are awarded before implementation grants to ensure the partnership is ready for the implementation grant. In some cases, it has been an outcome of the planning process that the partnership is not prepared to move forward with the implementation.
Is there is specific release time for employers?
There is not specified amount of student release time. ACLS highly recommends 100% release time.
If a business is receiving funds from a Workforce Competitive Trust Fund grant, or a Workforce Training Fund grant, may that business also receive a workplace education grant from ACLS?
Yes, partnerships are still eligible to receive a workplace education grant from ACLS if they are part of other grant funded initiatives.
When are proposals due for the workplace education planning grants?
Proposals for workplace education planning grants must be received by ACLS not later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016.

February 17, 2016

Under Required Forms in the RFP, it states that a Workplace Needs Analysis Report is due. Is this due with the proposal on March 4, 2016?
Applicants who complete the Workplace Needs Analysis submit a Report due to ACLS The Workplace Needs Analysis is due August 5, 2016.
Can an LWIB apply for these grants?
LWIBS are not eligible; however, they are well positioned to broker partnerships.

Last Updated: February 19, 2016
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