Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016
Workplace Education Planning Grant
Fund Code: 494
||Workplace Education Planning Grants (Phase 1) are competitive grants designed for partnerships among education providers, business partners and unions (where the workforce is unionized) to:
- Identify needs for instructional services for adult incumbent workers lacking basic foundation skills from ABE/literacy, pre-adult secondary education, and adult secondary education including preparation up to and including high school equivalency.
- Identify needs for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services for limited English speakers;
- Assess the readiness of the business to support an educational program that meets the basic skills needs of its incumbent workforce; and
- Plan for instructional services including program components (e.g., recruitment, assessment, curriculum development, data collection, team governance and evaluation).
||Priorities are to support applicants that propose to:
Note: With the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), additional FY 16 and FY 17 priorities may be required.
- Develop a plan and timeline to conduct a Workplace Needs Analysis (WNA).
- Include input and participation in the WNA process from a variety of perspectives.
- Integrate ABE/ESOL with industry skills training/work readiness to develop increased economic self sufficiency and a more productive workforce.
|Eligibility: ||Eligible applicants are public and private non-profit entities that include: cities and towns; school districts; community colleges and other institutions of higher learning; and community-based organizations. These entities must be in partnership with a specifically identified business, or consortium of such businesses. If workers that are to be served by the educational program at the workplace are unionized, the labor union must be a partner.|
||$42, 000 is available for up to 7 planning grants each to conduct a WNA.
- (FY16) Phase 1: Applicants may request up to $6,000 to conduct a WNA to determine the readiness of the partnership to support a multi-year instructional program for incumbent workers. The planning process must include a WNA as outlined in fund use. A final report is required.
- (FY17) Phase 2: Only those partnerships having completed a successful planning process are eligible for three-year implementation grants. Up to $350,000 is set aside for implementation grants.
||Funding must be used to conduct a WNA that includes a systematic analysis of the readiness of the partnership to deliver a quality instructional program. The plan must identify:
- a lead person to convene and train the WNA team and coordinate WNA team activities;
- an inclusive process with input from prospective students, supervisors, managers, and unions (where the workforce is unionized) to determine needs and assets to support the instructional program;
- a preliminary assessment of the evidence of incumbent workers lacking the foundation skills of a high school graduate (e.g., reading, writing, speaking, and mathematics) and/or English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL);
- a process to identify the current and future job-related basic skill needs e.g., reading, writing, math and/or English communication among the workforce;
- ways to uncover the supports to worker participation in the educational program;
- ways to uncover barriers to worker participation in the education program and a plan to address those;
- a projected timeline to accomplish the activities described above.
||Upon approval to 8/5/16
Workplace education grants are renewable for a maximum of three years (FY16 through FY19) subject to satisfactory performance, the appropriation of federal funds and the continuance of federal authoring legislation.
|Program Unit: ||Adult and Community Learning Services|
||Olivia Steele firstname.lastname@example.org
All inquires must be submitted in writing to WPEdRFP@doe.mass.edu and all answers will be posted to the Adult and Community Services webpage.
||There will be one Bidders' Conference and the information will be posted to the ACLS webpage shortly.
|Phone Number: ||(781) 338-3858|
|Date Due: ||Phase 1 proposals must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016. |
Grants for Schools: Getting Them and Using Them, A Procedural Manual
Part I General Program Unit Signature Page (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
Part III Required Program Information
Phase 1: Memorandum of Agreement (sample) to conduct a WNA
Phase 1: Workplace Needs Analysis Report
Phase 2: Memorandum of Agreement (sample) for implementation
Phase 2: Workplace Education Statement of Assurances FY17-FY19
Letter from ABE State Director
|Summary of Activities for Phases 1 and 2|
|Phase 1 Conduct and Document the WNA
||Phase 2 Deliver Classroom Instruction with Planning and Evaluation Team oversight
|Amount of funding
$42,000 is available for planning grants:
- A maximum of 7 grants of up to $6,000 each may be awarded.
|Amount of funding
$350,000 is available for implementation grants:
- A maximum of 7 grants of up to $50,000 each may be awarded.
|Priorities for Funding
Provide evidence of:
- a lead person to orient the direct the work of the WNA;
- a plan to conduct a WNA;
- a timeline that includes all WNA activities; and
- a WNA process that includes the input and participation of a variety of perspectives;
|Priorities for Funding
Provide evidence of:
- need for ABE and/or ESOL services;
- commitment from each stakeholder to the partnership;
- readiness of the partnership to develop, implement and evaluate a multi-year workplace education program through oversight and guidance from a Planning and Evaluation Team (PET);and
- strategies for student class participation and retention, e.g., release time, paid stipends or additional measures to support student participation for attendance and retention.
|Scope of Work
Conduct a WNA that includes:
- Evaluation of the partnership readiness to support a multi-year contextualized education program , including some preliminary plan to select Phase 2 Planning and Evaluation team members;
- Explore the need for the education program:
- Identify a pool of potential students who lack basic foundation skills of high school graduate and/or are limited English proficient; and
- An evaluation of effectiveness of the WNA process.
|Scope of Work
- Deliver classroom based instruction in keeping with the ACLS-approved program plan;
- Develop and document contextualized curriculum;
- Convene and maintain an ongoing and active Planning and Evaluation Team (PET) that represents each interest group, e.g., management, supervisors, education staff and union (where the workforce is unionized);
- Implement NRS-required assessments; develop and implement formative assessments;
- Maintain excellent class attendance retention; and
- Collect and input student data monthly into the SMARTT system.
- Proposal to conduct WNA planning due March 4, 2016.
- Successful applicants notified of award April 2016.
- Partnership will design a planning process from ESE approval date to August 5, 2016.
- Education provider submits WNA report August 5, 2016.
- Successful applicants notified of award for Phase 2
- Funding for Year One of a multi-year funding cycle will begin upon approval of the program plan submitted.
- Partnerships will be eligible for an additional two years for a total of three years of implementation, subject to satisfactory performance, the appropriation of federal funds, and the continuance of federal authorizing legislation.
|Deliverables due: August 5, 2016
WNA report includes
- class grid
- Submit Standard Application for Grants, budget and match narratives, Phase 2 Memorandum of Agreement and Statement of Assurances.
Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Workplace Education Partnerships
Massachusetts ABE Framework for English to Speakers of Other Languages
Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
Massachusetts ABE Science Framework, Life Science Strand
For information on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Massachusetts Indicators of Program Quality for Workplace Education
Workplace Education Recommended Readings
||Submit seven (7) sets of the proposal (2 sets with original signatures in blue ink) to:
Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906