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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2020: High School Equivalency Test Center Grant

Fund Code: 850


The purpose of this targeted state-funded grant program is to assist in the day-to-day operation of High School Equivalency Test Centers (HSE) including, but not limited to, the cost for test administration, special needs, and technology upgrades.


The priorities for use of these funds must be in the areas of test center materials, technology, and staffing, including special needs.


Only approved HSE Test Centers are eligible to apply. Refer to Attachment 1 that lists approved HSE Test Centers and funding amounts available for each center.

Funding Type:



Up to approximately $202,490 is available. The grant available for each test center is based upon the size and activity of the test center.

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 in any or all of the following areas if needed.

  1. Non-Instructional Materials — testing materials and office supplies/equipment.
  2. Staffing — for both Regular and Special Accommodation needs

Project Duration:

Upon Approval – 6/30/2020

Program Unit:

Adult and Community Learning Services — HSE Office

Olympia Stroud
Phone Number:


Date Due:

Monday June 17, 2019

Proposals must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on the date due.

Applicants who are state agencies (i.e., state and community colleges, County Houses of Correction) require an ISA process to issue these funds. The ISA process can take 4 – 6 weeks as it flows through DESE as well as other state financial offices before it is final. To avoid disruptions in spending, Applicants who require an ISA should expect to submit their grant as soon as possible to avoid delays in receiving funds.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit signature page — (Standard Contract Form and application for Program grants)

Part II — Budget (Entered directly in EdGrants)

Download Word Document
Part III — Required program information

Download Word Document
General Education Provisions Act Form (GEPA)

Download Excel Document
ISA Budget / EdGrants Budget Crosswalk (only for entities who require ISAs)

Additional Information:
Download Excel Document
High School Equivalency Test Centers and Amounts

Download Excel Document
Fund Code 850 Test Volume and Allocation Report FY2020

This information is intended for state entities who require ISAs as part of their grant award process. Not intended for Private or Community Based Organizations.

Download Word Document
ISA process timeline
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MA Expenditure Classification Handbook
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MA Comptroller's Office Fringe Information
Download Word Document
ISA and EdGrants Amendment Requirements


Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants.

Paper submissions will no longer be accepted.

For detailed instructions, please see review the EdGrants Front Office User Guide: How to Apply Download Word Document.

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

FY20 FC850 High School Equivalency (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 and all required forms.

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.

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