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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2018

Adult Basic Education Instructional Programs for Incarcerated Adults
Fund Code: 563/285

Purpose: The purpose of this grant program is to establish free access to highly effective adult basic education services for eligible undereducated and limited English proficient adults in correctional institutions.
Priorities: The priority is to support ABE educational programs in Massachusetts correctional institutions (i.e., state prisons and county houses of corrections) that:
  1. provide eligible adult participants with a continuum of high quality academic programs below the postsecondary level to prepare them for high school equivalency;
  2. provide eligible adult participants with educational counseling, advising and support services to support the achievement of their college and career readiness goals;
  3. provide a highly qualified staff who (a) are prepared to implement a program wide curriculum aligned with the level-specific standards of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education; (b) have mastery of the content they teach, (c) are prepared to employ effective teaching methods based on research and evidence based practice;
  4. provide high quality ABE programs of sufficient intensity and duration to be effective;
  5. serve adults most in need of literacy;
  6. integrate the ABE program with workforce development and other educational services;
  7. demonstrate a firm commitment to the continuous improvement of programs and staff;
  8. offer integrated education and training programs by using ABE funds, or by leveraging other funds for the training component; and,
  9. comply with WIOA regulations
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 Download Excel Document - Funding Allocations
Fund Use: Funds must be used for ABE instructional services for incarcerated adults.
Fund Type: Fund Code 563: State
Fund Code 285: Federal 84.002
Project Duration: Fund Code: 563      7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018
Fund Code: 285      9/1/2017 - 8/31/2018
Program Unit: Adult and Community Learning Services
Contact: Karen DeCoster
Phone Number: (781) 338-3815
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.)
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.
Download Excel Document
Budget and Match Narratives (Narratives designed by applicants.)
Download Word Document
Part III - Required Program Information
Download Word Document
Statement of Assurances
Download Excel Document
Schedule B

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
Policies for Effective Adult Basic Education
View External Link
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education

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
View HTML Page
ACLS Integrated Education and Training/Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education webpage

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 563 Instructional Programs for Incarcerated Adults (Applicant name) and/or
FY18 285 Instructional Programs for Incarcerated Adults (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: 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 16, 2017
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