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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Adult Education Transition to Community College

Fund Code: 668


The purpose of this grant program is to provide a foundation of services within Massachusetts community colleges that enable adult learners to transition into and ultimately complete postsecondary education.


The priority is to support programs in community colleges that:

  1. successfully enroll and retain adults who were previously enrolled in ESE-funded adult learning programs (e.g., Community Adult Learning Centers and Adult Education Programs in Correctional Institutions);

  2. are fully integrated into the community college;

  3. provide instruction (i.e., academic and college-readiness skills) and advising support to ensure that students function successfully in postsecondary education;

  4. provide students access to degree-bearing college credit courses at no cost through participation in the Transition program; and

  5. create clear, effective pathways to degree programs, certificate programs, and/or careers for students upon completion of the Transition program designed to fill in academic gaps in order for students to bypass developmental education courses.


This is a continuation grant. All recipients awarded in the FY2018 Open and Competitive process are eligible to apply.

Funding Type:



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 may be used to support personnel and non-personnel costs in accordance with the FY19 Massachusetts Policies for Effective Adult Education (ABE) Transition to Community College1.

Bristol Community College$99,957
Bunker Hill Community College$100,000
Cape Cod Community College$99,649
Holyoke Community College$100,000
Massasoit Community College$92,233
Middlesex Community College$99,472
Mount Wachusett Community College$99,830
Northern Essex Community College$88,454
Quinsigamond Community College$100,000
Springfield Technical Community College$80,000
Project Duration:

Upon Approval (no earlier than 7/1/2018) – 6/30/2019

Transition to Community College grants are renewable for the duration of a maximum of two (2) years: FY 2019 and FY 2020, subject to satisfactory performance, the appropriation of state and federal funds, and the continuance of federal authorizing legislation.

Program Unit:

Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)


Derek Kalchbrenner


Date Due:

Friday, June 22, 2018

Required Forms:

These required forms must be submitted online through EdGrants system.

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)
Part II — Program Expenditures Budget Detail (to be entered directly into EdGrants)
Budget Narrative (designed by applicant; see instructions in Part III, Section II)
Match Narrative (designed by applicant; see instructions in Part III, Section II)
Download Excel Document
Schedule B — Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule
Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information
Download Word Document
FY19 Statement of Assurances for ESE-funded Transition to Community College Programs
Updated MOA with partnering agencies.

Additional Information:
Download Word Document
Letter from ABE State Director
Download Word Document
Online Submission of Proposals and Related Information
View HTML Page
FY19 Massachusetts Policies for Effective ABE Transition to Community College Programs, posted on the ACLS Transition webpage
View HTML Page
DESE Grants Management Procedural Manual


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

See the page entitled, Submissions of Proposals, for how to 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:

FY19 (668 Community College Applicant Name)

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: It is up to the applicant to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls document to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.

1 The FY19 Massachusetts Policies for Effective Adult Basic Education Transition to Community College are posted to the ACLS ABE Transition to Community College webpage.

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