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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2018

Community Adult Learning Center
Fund Code: 340/345

Purpose: The purpose of this grant program is to establish free access for eligible undereducated and limited English proficient adults, age 16 and older, to highly effective adult basic education services in the sixteen Workforce Investment Areas in the Commonwealth. The purpose of the services is to assist adult students to achieve their educational and career goal as family members, workers, and community members, and prepare them to successfully take their next steps toward those goals, in college and further training, at work, and in the community.
Priorities: The priority is to support programs and/or collaborations that:
  1. provide adult basic education and English for Speakers of Other Language services to respond to needs identified in the census data;

  2. provide eligible adult participants with a continuum of high quality instructional support services below the postsecondary level, from basic literacy or beginning English language proficiency through the skill level expected of a high school graduate;

  3. provide a highly qualified staff who (a) have mastery of the content they teach, (b) are prepared to employ effective teaching methods based on research and evidence based practice, and (c) for ABE instruction - are prepared to implement a program-wide curriculum aligned with the level-specific standards of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education; for ESOL instruction, are prepared to implement a program-wide curriculum aligned with the standards and benchmarks in the Massachusetts Adult Basic Education Curriculum Framework for ESOL, and also incorporate the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education where applicable and supportive of English Language Learner's next steps for college or careers;

  4. provide services of sufficient intensity and duration to effectively assist adults to develop the academic and other college and career-readiness skills needed to successfully transition to post-secondary education or training and stable employment that provides a family-sustaining wage;

  5. provide instructional, advising, and other support services based on students' needs and strengths with regard to college and career readiness;

  6. assist adults who are parents to obtain the educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children;

  7. serve adults most in need of literacy and English communication skills;

  8. provide services to meet the educational needs of homeless adults;

  9. engage in formal partnerships with workforce development entities and other stakeholders, including community colleges and ESE-funded ABE Transition to Community College programs, to prepare students for and facilitate their seamless transition to a variety of next steps;

  10. demonstrate a firm commitment to the continuous improvement of programs and staff; and

  11. comply with WIOA activities.

Eligibility: FY 18 is the final continuation year grant. All recipients awarded in the FY 13 Open and Competitive process are eligible to apply.

Funding Type: Fund Code 340 - Federal CFDA 84.002

Fund Code 345 - State

Funding: See Table 1 Download Excel Document - for Funding Allocations. Grant amounts were determined through a proposal review during the FY 13 O &C process based on regional allocations that took into account past performance, need in the region and score of the proposal. Amounts have been adjusted with the funding cycle based on federal and state allocations.

Fund Use: Funds must be used for ABE instructional services, including adult basic education/literacy, pre-adult secondary education, adult secondary education, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), pre-literacy ESOL, and Adult/External Diploma classes that are designed in accordance with the Policies for Effective ABE, Indicators of Program Quality, and the ABE Rates System.

Project Duration: Fund Code: 345      7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018
Fund Code: 340      9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018

Program Unit: Adult and Community Learning Services
Contact: Olivia Steele
Phone Number: (781) 338-3858
Date Due: Applications for both federally and state-funded projects are due by Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:00PM.

Required Forms: These required forms must be submitted online through EdGrants.

For instructions, see Grid A on Submissions page.

Download Word Document
Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)

Download Excel Document
FY18 New Budget Template (This is a budget template for the applicant to utilize while working through their final budget request in order to prepare for entering it into EdGrants. Please feel free to use this template when preparing for Application Submission. This Is Not the Budget. The actual final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.)

Download Excel Document
Sample Budget Narrative
See sample budget narrative. Providers must submit budget and match narratives that detail proposed expenditures, including hourly rates and weekly personnel time commitments for proposed activities for the grant.

 
Match Narrative
Download Word Document
Part III - Required Program Information
Download Word Document
Statement of Assurances Fund Codes: 340/345/285/563/287/359/669
Download Excel Document
Schedule B — Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule


Additional Information:
Download Word Document
Letter from ABE State Director
Download Word Document
Executive Summary
Download Word Document
Submission of Proposals and related information
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Policies for Effective Adult Basic Education
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Indicators of Program Quality
View External Link
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
View HTML Page
Community Adult Learning Center Supplemental Funding - Volunteer Tutoring Component
The ACLS SMARTT program planning requirements and instructions can be found on the ACLS website.For assistance with completing the required SMARTT screens for FY 18 or for any assistance with SMARTT or Cognos technical assistance, go to SMARTThelp. On that page, near the upper right corner, click "Submit a Request" or search the help files there.

For a complete listing of SMARTT resources and trainings offered by the SABES PD Center. For Using SMARTT and Cognos, visit SABES: SMARTT and Cognos.

Volunteer Component:
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Community Adult Learning Center Supplemental Funding - Volunteer Tutoring Component
Submission Instructions: Grantees must use the online grants information system; Paper submissions will no longer be accepted.

See the page entitled, Submissions of Proposals, for how to submit all required grant materials through the EdGrants website.

In EdGrants, applicants are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:

FY18 (340 Community Adult Learning Center Applicant Name) and/or

FY18 (345 Community Adult Learning Center Applicant Name)
     (no acronyms, please)

All required forms should be uploaded in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with CEO/Superintendent/Executive Director signature. For detailed instructions, please see review the EdGrants Front Office User Guide: How to Apply.

Please note: It is up to the applicant to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls document to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.



Last Updated: April 29, 2016
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