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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

Integrated Education and Training/ Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education
Fund Code: 359/686

Purpose:Integrated Education and Training (IET) and Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IEL/CE) Grants are competitive grants designed for partnerships among Adult Basic Education (ABE)1 providers, employers, and/or postsecondary education or training providers. The goal of these grants is to provide programs through which eligible adults can receive ABE services concurrently and contextually with workforce preparation and activities and workforce training for specific occupations in in-demand industries. The intent is to help eligible students attain economic self-sufficiency.
Priorities: Priorities are to support applicants that propose to:
  • Partner with one or more employers;
  • Partner with a Chapter 74 Career/Vocational Technical Education program and/or postsecondary education and/or training provider to develop and deliver IET or IEL/CE curriculum and delivery models based on identified employer needs;
  • Target advanced manufacturing, health care, or STEM (other industries can be proposed and will be considered based on availability of funds);
  • Solicit employer input into the curriculum and program design to ensure the training prepares students to obtain employment in high demand industries;
  • Collaborate with regional workforce partners and One-Stop Career Centers to help address challenges and connect participants to employment opportunities. Leveraged workforce development and/or private funds can be used for occupational training.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are current recipients of ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Center grants (Fund Codes 340/345/359) including local educational agencies, community-based organizations, volunteer literacy organizations, institutions of higher learning, public or private nonprofit agencies, libraries, public housing authorities, and other nonprofit institutions that provide literacy services to adults and families.
Funding:Subject to state and federal appropriation, grant awards will be based on the quality of programs proposed. Eligible applicants are current recipients of ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Center grants under Fund Codes 340/345/359. For proposal scoring information, please see Section III. Approximately $450,000 is available for two to four IET and/or IEL/CE grant awards ranging from approximately $40,000-$80,000.
Fund Use: To the extent practical, grantees should focus use of these funds on programs that prepare individuals for training leading to occupations that have the potential to pay a self?sufficiency wage. Self-sufficiency wages are defined as those that can realistically support a family or individual without public or private assistance.

Funds from this opportunity received by Local Education Providers must be used to supplement and not supplant any federal, state and local monies currently being used to provide ABE services. Funds for the first year of this grant must be expended by August 31, 2016. There will be no carryover of funds. Funds for the second year of the grant must be expended by August 31, 2017. Unobligated funds after August 31, 2017 will be returned to ESE.

Funds may be used to support personnel and non-personnel costs related to establishing or operating IET or IEL/CE programs in ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Centers that provide ABE instruction concurrently with training services contextualized to specific occupations in high-demand industries.

Eligible students are individuals who have attained 16 years of age, and are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law, and who:
  • lack sufficient mastery of basic educational skills to enable the individuals to function effectively in society,

  • do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and have not achieved an equivalent level of education, or,

  • are unable to speak, read, or write the English language.

Not less than 80 percent of funds must be spent on ABE direct services; not more than 20 percent may be spent on administrative costs, including indirect costs.

Agencies with an approved federal indirect cost rate (IDC) shall not receive more than an 8% indirect rate for adult education programs. Agencies with an ESE-approved indirect cost rate shall not receive more than a 5% indirect rate for adult education programs. The total of direct and indirect costs may not exceed the total grant award. In lieu of charging for indirect costs, grantees that provide an appropriate and detailed allocation of agency wide costs to their grant programs may receive ESE approval to include them as direct costs.
Project Duration: Upon approval through 8/31/2016 (Fund Code: 359/686); conditionally renewable for up to one (1) additional year.

Grants for IET and IEL/CE are awarded for a maximum duration of two (2) years (FY 2016 and FY 2017), subject to satisfactory performance and the appropriation of state and federal funds.
Program Unit:Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
Contact: All inquiries must be submitted in writing to IETQA@doe.mass.edu; all answers will be posted to the Adult and Community Learning Services webpage.

Phone inquiries for assistance utilizing the RFP mailbox and/or the ACLS webpage may be directed to the ACLS receptionist at (781) 338-3850.
Bidders Conferences:A Bidders' Conference will be held on Monday, February 29, 2016 from 10AM-12PM at Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, 340 Main Street, Suite 400, Worcester, MA 01608. (Snow date Tuesday, March 2nd same time and location. Directions will be posted on the ACLS website). See the Bidders' Conference and Related Trainings posted to the ACLS website.
Date Due:Friday, March 18, 2016

Proposals must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on the date due. Two (2) Budget Detail, Budget Narrative, Match Narrative, and Schedule B sets must be submitted. The first set is for May 1 - August 31, 2016. The second set is for FY 2017 (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017).
Required Forms:
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Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download Excel Document
Part II — Project Expenditures Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
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Part III — Required Program Information
 
Budget Narrative (designed by applicant; see instructions in Part III, Section III)
 
Match Narrative (designed by applicant; see instructions in Part III, Section III)
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Schedule B — Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule
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FY 2016 Statement of Assurances for IET/IEL/EL Civics Programs
Required Appendix:
  
Appendix H: Job descriptions with minimum required qualifications for each key position on the grant.
Additional Requirements: Compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, As Amended, is a pre-requisite to receipt of a grant award.

Applicants are required to provide an auditable matching share of 20% of the total amount of the requested grant award.

All successful applicants must comply with Adult and Community Learning Services' assessment policies and reporting requirements.
Additional Information:
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Letter from ABE State Director

View External Link
I-BEST: Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training
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How I-BEST Works: Findings from a Field Study of Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program
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Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development
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Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity
A Resource Guide for Engaging Employers, Jobs for the Future
View External Link
Creating a Successful Bridge Program: A "How To" Guide, Illinois iBridge Initiative
View HTML Page
FY2015 - FY2017 Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Adult Career Pathways
View External Link
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education


Letter of Intent to Apply Form Due:
March 4, 2016
3:00 p.m.
The Letter of Intent (designed by applicant) to Apply must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4th. It should be sent by Certified, Registered, or Return Receipt Requested mail.

Mail the Letter of Intent to:

Lorraine Domigan
Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Proposal Submission Instructions:

Proposal Due:
Friday, March 18, 2016 3:00 p.m.
Submit two (2) sets of the complete proposal package, each set encompassing all required documents, with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director (in blue ink) on two (2) sets.

Application Packages must be submitted with required elements in the following sequence:
  1. Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Part II — Budget Documents:
    1. Project Expenditures Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages).
    2. Budget Narrative
    3. Match Narrative
    4. Schedule B
  3. Part III — Required Program Information
  4. Statement of Assurances
  5. Required Appendix H
Proposals are due on March 18, 2016 by 3:00 p.m.

Mail, overnight express, or hand-deliver the Application Package to:

Lorraine Domigan
Adult and Community Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Page Limits: Applicants are required to provide page numbers on every page of the proposal, including material not subject to the page limits.

All narrative responses must be in Arial 10 point font, with 1" margins.

Narrative responses may not exceed six (6) pages.

Responses to Part IV, Program Design and Section V, Budget, and Appendix H are not included in the page limit. Additional attachments will not be reviewed.


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Last Updated: February 17, 2016
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