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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

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

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, 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 concurrently and contextually with workforce preparation and training for occupations in high-demand industries that allow students to attain economic self-sufficiency.

Priorities: The following priorities have been established for IET:
  • Service delivery that accelerates students' educational and training outcomes 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 IET or 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 IET program;
  • Student attainment of one or more industry-recognized credentials;
  • Targeted career development in advanced manufacturing, health care, or STEM2 (other industries can be proposed and will be considered based on availability of funds);
  • 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 285/340/345/359/563) including local educational agencies, community-based organizations, volunteer literacy organizations, correctional facilities, 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, awards will be based on the quality of programs proposed. For proposal scoring information, see Section III. Approximately $560,000 is available for six to nine (up to three for correctional facilities) IET and/or 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. 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 this 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 are 16 years of age and older, including out-of-school youth ages 16-24, and are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law, and who:
  • do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent, lack the level of reading, writing, and/or computation skills expected of a high school graduate (even if they already possess a high school diploma)3 as shown on an National Reporting System (NRS) assessment, and whose career/education goals are aligned with the goals of the IET program. Students who possess a high school credential must assess at or below 10.9 grade level equivalent (GLE) in reading, writing, or math in order to be eligible for services, and/or

  • 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 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 DESE approval to include them as direct costs.

Project Duration: Upon approval through 8/31/2017 (Fund Code: 686/359a).

Grants for IET and IEL/CE are awarded 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; 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:There will be a Bidders' Conference scheduled. See the Bidders' Conference and Related Trainings, posted to the ACLS webpage.

Date Due:Friday, August 19, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

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 for 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)
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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 2017 Statement of Assurances for IET/IEL/CE
Letters of Support

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.

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
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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
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A Resource Guide for Engaging Employers, Jobs for the Future
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FY2015 - FY2017 Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Adult Career Pathways
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College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education

Letter of Intent to Apply Form Due:
July 29, 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, July 29, 2016. It should be sent by Certified, Registered, or Return Receipt Requested mail. It may also be emailed to Lorraine Domigan at

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, August 19, 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 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
  6. Letters of Support
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, Letters of Support, and Appendix H are not included in the page limit. Additional attachments will not be reviewed.



Last Updated: July 7, 2016
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