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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2018

Workplace Education Planning Grants
Fund Code: 494

Purpose: The purpose of this grant program is to provide contextualized ABE/ESOL basic skills workplace instructional services to incumbent workers lacking the basic foundation skills expected of a high school graduate and/or who are limited English proficient.
Priorities: The priority is to support programs that deliver instructional services through partnerships between an education provider and a business or between an education provider and multiple businesses (consortia). These partnerships are supported by a combination of state and employer matching resources for a maximum of three years.
Eligibility: Five eligible recipients are those programs initially funded in FY 15 and for whom FY 18 is the final year of funding. Five eligible recipients are also those programs initially funded in FY 16 and for whom FY 19 is the final year of funding. See list below.

All ten eligible recipients must document evidence of continuing need for Adult Basic Education instruction in the workforce.

The following ten workplace education partnerships are eligible to apply for the grant awards listed:

Funding Type: Federal CFDA: 84.002

Funding: All recipients awarded in the FY 15 Open and Competitive process are eligible to apply.

Group A - FY 18 is the final year of funding for these five federal grants operating on a state fiscal year.
  1. World Education and Seaport Hotel
  2. Asian American Civic Association and Piantedosi Bakery
  3. JVS and The Boston Home
  4. Bristol Community College and Blount Fine Foods, Raw Seafoods, Inc, Klear Vu Corporation, and John Matouk and Co.
  5. Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. and JP Fuji Group
All recipients awarded in the FY 17 Open and Competitive process are eligible to apply.

Group B - FY 19 is the final year of funding for these five federal grants operating on a federal year
  1. World Education, Inc & Sidekim Foods
  2. Bristol Community College & Joseph A Abboud & UNITEHERE!
  3. Cambridge Community Learning Center & MIT
  4. Jewish Vocational Service and Boloco
  5. Jewish Vocational Service and Stavis Seafood
Note: Administrative costs must not exceed 20%.

Fund Use: Funds must be used for collaborations between/among an education provider and a business or consortia of businesses.
Project Duration: Group A - State Fiscal Year     7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018
Group B - Federal Fiscal Year     9/1/17 - 8/31/18

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: See Grants for Schools: Getting Them and Using Them, A Procedural Manual webpage.

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.)

See sample budget narrative Download Excel Document. 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.

Download Word Document
Part III - Required Program Information
Download Word Document
Statement of Assurances for Workplace Education

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 Word Document
Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Workplace Education Partnerships
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Massachusetts ABE Framework for English to Speakers of Other Languages
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers of Adult English Speakers of Other Languages
View External Link
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Massachusetts Indicators of Program Quality for Workplace Education
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Workplace Education Recommended Readings

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 System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES) PD Center. For Using SMARTT and Cognos, visit SABES: SMARTT and Cognos.

Submission Instructions: Grantees must use the online grants information system; Paper submissions will no longer be accepted

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 (Insert fund code and full legal name of program)
      (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: The program must determine who to add as users of EdGrants in order to submit grant application as well as for payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your EdGrants level users.



Last Updated: May 18, 2017
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