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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education
Fund Code: 359A

Purpose:Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IEL/CE) Grants are competitive grants designed for partnerships among Adult Basic Education (ABE)1 providers with ESOL programs, Chapter 74 Career / Vocational Technical Education programs, postsecondary education or training providers, and/or employers. The goal is to develop model programs that integrate ABE services and civics education activities concurrently and contextually with workforce preparation activities and training for occupations in high-demand industries that allow students to attain economic self-sufficiency.
Priorities: The following priorities have been established for IEL/CE:
  • Service delivery that accelerates students' educational and training outcomes in literacy and English language acquisition and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation through curricula and instruction that is both concurrent and contextualized;
  • ABE partnership development with a Chapter 74 Career/Vocational Technical Education program and/or postsecondary education and/or training provider to develop and deliver IEL/CE curriculum and delivery models based on identified employer needs;
  • Leveraging existing workforce development and/or private funding to support the occupational training component of the IEL/CE program;
  • Student attainment of one or more industry-recognized credentials;
  • Partnerships with one or more employers to support program development and evaluation;
  • Solicit employer input into the curriculum and program design to ensure the training prepares students to obtain employment in high demand industries;
  • Collaboration with regional workforce partners and One-Stop Career Centers to help address challenges and connect participants to employment opportunities.
Eligibility:Eligible applicants are current recipients of ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Center grants (Fund Codes 340 or 345 or 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. Please see Additional Information for the List of Eligible ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Centers. Programs must have demonstrated effectiveness in providing ESOL services to eligible adults.

Funding:Subject to state and federal appropriation, awards will be based on the quality of programs proposed. For proposal scoring information, see Part III under Required Forms. Approximately $370,000 is available for four to nine IEL/CE 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 in addition to instruction in literacy and English language acquisition and instruction on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and civic participation. Self-sufficiency wages are defined as those that can realistically support a family or individual without public or private assistance.

Proposed IEL/CE models for this RFP must include occupational training. This pilot is for IEL/CE programs funded under Section 243 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity ACT (WIOA). Programs funded under Section 243 must be provided in combination with integrated education and training (IET) that is concurrent and contextualized with occupational skills training and Civics Education. These programs must be designed to "(1) prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place such adults in, unsubsidized employment in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self-sufficiency; and (2) integrate with the local workforce development system and its functions to carry out the activities of the program."

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, 2017. There will be no carryover of funds. Funds for the second year of the grant must be expended by August 31, 2018. Unobligated funds after August 31, 2018 will be returned to ESE.

Funds may be used to support personnel and non-personnel costs related to establishing or operating 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 require English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services (including services for those with degrees from a country outside of the US) as indicated by an National Reporting System (NRS) approved assessment.

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 (no earlier than 4/1/2017) through 8/31/2017 (Fund Code: 359A); renewable for up to one additional year), 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 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. Questions can be submitted upon release of the RFP until January 20, 2017.

Bidders' Conference:A Bidders' Conference will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016 from 10:30 AM-11:30 AM at the Worcester Adult Learning Center, Fanning Building, 24 Chatham Street, Worcester, in the auditorium (directions will be posted on the ACLS website). Snow date will be November 28, 2016 same time and location.

Date Due:Friday, January 27, 2017

Proposals must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on the date due. Two Budget Detail, Budget Narrative, Match Narrative, and Schedule B sets must be submitted. The first set is for April 1 - August 31, 2017. The second set is for FY 2018 (September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018).

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
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.)
Download Word Document
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)
Download Excel Document
Schedule B — Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule
Download Word Document
FY 2017 Statement of Assurances for IEL/CE
  
Letters of support
Required Appendix:
  
Appendix I: Resumes 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.

Applicants are required to submit Letters of Support from all partnering employers, Chapter 74/Career Vocational Technical Education programs, postsecondary education, and/or training providers.

All successful applicants must comply with Adult and Community Learning Services' assessment policies and reporting requirements.

Additional Information:
View External Link
I-BEST: Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training
View External Link
How I-BEST Works: Findings from a Field Study of Washington State's Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program
View External Link
Career Pathways Toolkit: A Guide for System Development
View External Link
Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity
View External Link
A Resource Guide for Engaging Employers, Jobs for the Future
View External Link
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
Download Word Document
List of Eligible ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Centers
Download Word Document
Letter from ABE State Director

Letter of Intent to Apply Form Due:
December 2, 2016 3:00 p.m.
The Letter of Intent (designed by applicant) must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016. It must be emailed to Lorraine Domigan at ldomigan@doe.mass.edu. The subject line should be IEL/CE Letter of Intent. A Letter of Intent is not required. Applicants can submit proposals without having submitted a Letter of Intent.

Proposal Submission Instructions:Submit two original 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 both sets, and four copies of the complete proposal package. Email submissions will not be accepted.

Proposal Due:
Friday, January 27, 2017 3:00 p.m.
Application Packages must be submitted with required elements in the following sequence:
  1. Part I — General — Program 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. Letters of Support
  6. Required Appendix I
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

Pagination Directions: 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 pages.

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

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Last Updated: November 8, 2016
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