The purpose of this federal grant is to assist state and county correctional agencies with education programs that meet the definition of career and technical education as contained in the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L.109-270 (Perkins IV).
Proposed programs of study must offer a sequence of at least two courses1 that provide adult and/or youth offenders with coherent and rigorous educational activities that develop the academic and technical knowledge and skills required to pursue further education and/or employment in current or emerging professions, and result in an industry-recognized credential or certificate.2
The definition of career and technical education is contained in the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L.109-270 (Perkins IV).
The priority is to support the establishment or substantial improvement of career & technical education programs that prepare returning citizens to succeed in CORI-neutral3, in-demand, career pathways with a sustainable living wage.4 Note: A minimum of 10% of the program budget (direct or optional match) must be used to provide professional development for academic and/or technical teachers.
State and county correctional agencies, including the Department of Youth Services, with capacity to deliver academic and technical education education at the secondary and/or postsecondary level are eligible to respond to this Request for Proposals. Note: Current applicants must be in compliance with all grant reporting requirements to be eligible.
- Funding Type:
Federal CFDA: 84.048
Subject to federal appropriation, awards will be based on the quality of the programs proposed. Approximately $194,468.00 in Perkins funding is available for three to seven awards ranging from approximately $30,000 to $80,000.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.
- Fund Use:
Perkins IV allocation funds must be used in accordance with Perkins IV and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual. Funds shall supplement and shall not supplant non-Federal funds.
- Project Duration:
Upon Approval – 8/31/2019, conditionally renewable for up to an additional 3 years.
Renewals are subject to satisfactory performance, compliance with grant reporting requirements, the appropriation of Perkins funding, and the continuation of federal authorizing legislation.
- Program Unit:
Adult and Community Learning Services
- Phone Number:
- Date Due:
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
- Required Forms:
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget Workbook
Part III — Required Program Information (Narrative format, Budget and Budget Detail)
Statement of Assurances
Statement of intent to apply sent by email to Karen DeCoster August 15.
- Additional Information:
A bidders' conference will be held at DOC Headquarters in Milford MA on August 8, 2018 from 10–12.
Proposals will be scored and ranked based on the extent to which the proposed program demonstrates that it: (1) meets the Perkins definition of a career and technical education program; (2) is of sufficient size, scope, duration, and quality to lead to both academic and technical skill gains; (3) has organizational support for sustainability; and (4) supplements, rather than supplants, existing resources.
The narrative response should not exceed 20 pages (excluding the budget and budget narrative, resumes, job descriptions, and letters of support.) Applicants are required to provide page numbers on every page of the narrative which must be in font no smaller than Arial 10 with 1 inch margins.
Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual
The Vocational Technical Education Frameworks
Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative Regional Blueprint
Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
Grants for Schools: Getting Them and Using Them, A Procedural Manual
Standard Contract Forms and Applications for Program Grants submitted or approved after September 1, 2018 can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final Department approval.
Grantees can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final approval.
ESE reserves the right to visit a program prior to awarding the grant and monitor the program during the grant cycle.
Submit 4 copies of all required form in hard copy to:
Office for Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906