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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2018

Adult Career Pathways
Fund Code: 541

Purpose: The purpose of the Adult Career Pathways grant program is to support eligible adult students' career-related goals, and strengthen their preparation for employment opportunities and/or occupationally specific education and training programs.
Priorities: The priority is to support ABE/ESOL instruction that integrates the priority or priorities identified by the regional workforce systems to assist students in acquiring the academic skills and career information necessary to gain access to a career pathway.

The Department awards this funding through collaboration with its regional workforce partners. The funding priorities were determined in consultation with regional workforce partners and are specific to each region based on current labor market needs.

Eligibility: FY 18 is the final continuation year grant. All recipients awarded in the FY2013 Open and Competitive process are eligible to apply.
Funding: See Table 1 - Funding 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 Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Adult Career Pathways Download PDF Document  Download Word Document, Program Self Evaluation and Monitoring Tool Download PDF Document  Download Word Document, and the ABE Rates System.
Funding Type: State Funding
Project Duration: 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018
Program Unit: Adult and Community Learning Services
Contacts: Derek Kalchbrenner
Phone Number: (781) 338-3812
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.

From each workforce partner the following information is needed.
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Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)

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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.)

Budget Narrative     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.

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Part III - Required Program Information
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Statement of Assurances    Fund Code: 541
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Schedule B - Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule

No administrative cost worksheet is required.

Additional Information:
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Letter from ABE State Director
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Executive Summary
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Submission of Proposals and related information

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.

Note to the Workforce Partner: Once the workforce partner has approved Adult Career Pathways budgets, copies of the following must be submitted to the Program Specialist:
  • Contracts (MOAs) with local workforce development partner, and

  • Responses to narrative Part III Required Program Information.



Last Updated: May 18, 2017
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