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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Workplace Education Instructional Grants

Fund Code: 494


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.


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 grants and employer matching resources for a maximum of three years.


This is a continuation grant. Five eligible recipients are those programs initially funded in FY 16 and for whom FY 19 is the final year of funding. See list below.

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

The following five workplace education partnerships are eligible to apply for the grant awards listed.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA: 84.002


All recipients awarded in the FY 16 Open and Competitive process are eligible to apply. FY 19 is the final year of funding for these five federal grants.

Workplace Education PartnershipFY 19 Grant Award
  1. World Education, Inc & Sidekim Foods
  1. Bristol Community College & Joseph A Abboud & UNITEHERE!
  1. Cambridge Community Learning Center & MIT
  1. Jewish Vocational Service and Boloco
  1. Jewish Vocational Service and Stavis Seafood

Note: Administrative costs must not exceed 20%.

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:

Funds must be used for collaborations between/among an education provider and a business or consortia of businesses.

Project Duration:

9/1/2018 – 8/31/2019

Program Unit:

Adult and Community Learning Services


Olivia Steele

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3858

Date Due:

Applications for the federally funded projects are due by Friday, June 22, 2018 at 3:00PM.
See Grants for Schools: Getting Them and Using Them, A Procedural Manual

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) Note: Please sign and date your cover page and ensure the amount matches the amount budgeted
Part II — Program Expenditures Budget Detail Pages (entered directly in EdGrants)
Budget Narrative — (designed by applicant)
Match Narrative — (designed by applicant)
Download Excel Document
Schedule B — Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule
Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information
Download Word Document
FY 19 Statement of Assurances

Additional Information:
Download Word Document
Letter from ABE State Director
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Submission of Proposals and Related Information
Download Word Document
Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Workplace Education Partnership
Download Word Document
Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for English for Speakers of Other Languages (2005)
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 (2013)
Download Word Document
Massachusetts Indicators of Program Quality for Workplace Education
Download Word Document
Massachusetts Workplace Recommended Readings


Grantees must use the online grants information system; no paper submissions will be accepted.

Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants.

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

FY19 (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 Download Word Document.

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.

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