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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Pathways One Stop Career Center Initiative
Fund Code: 627 (School Year)/ 626 (Summer)

Purpose: The goal of this state-funded competitive grant program is to provide options that address the unique academic, employment, and career needs of post-12th grade students from the classes of 2003-2013 who need further assistance to attain the skills necessary to pass the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) in order to complete the state required Competency Determination for high school graduation. The services designed as part of this initiative will leverage a region's existing opportunities for remediation services in English language arts, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering. Outreach and services may additionally be offered to current seniors (Class of 2014 students) who have scored at level 1 (Failing) on the MCAS tests required for high school graduation. These services are to supplement currently funded local, state, and federal programs.
Priorities: Funding priority will be given to One Stop Career Centers that have previous success in providing student services, as demonstrated by numbers serviced and positive outcomes generated, etc. In addition, priority will be given to applicants that:
  1. Promote student academic achievement by maximizing access to a) academic remediation services in English language arts, mathematics, and science and technology/engineering, as well as b) related support services available in the service delivery area.
  2. Demonstrate strong partnerships with schools/districts, Local Workforce Investment Boards, community colleges, and other relevant community partners.
  3. Propose innovative recruitment, extensive marketing, and outreach to post-12th grade eligible students to establish a network of contacts as part of the initiative design.
  4. Serve post-12th grade eligible students from both local and regional areas.
  5. Demonstrate staff experience in working with an at-risk population (examples of demonstrated experience may include participation in Connecting Activities, Workforce Investment Act older youth services, or other related older youth services).
  6. Coordinate service delivery with other available resources, where they exist, in a service delivery region, including: school districts; Connecting Activities; Workforce Investment Act services; or other related student services. Whenever possible, service providers should address and be knowledgeable of existing educational plans such as Educational Proficiency Plan (EPP) and existing Individual Service Strategy (ISS) documents developed as a result of services received through the Workforce Investment Act.
Eligibility: One Stop Career Centers working in collaboration with schools/districts, Local Workforce Investment Boards, community colleges, and other partners (e.g., community-based organizations, etc.) are eligible to apply.
Funding: Pending state appropriation, One Stop Career Centers that are funded will receive an estimated maximum amount of $55,000 each. Providers can apply as a consortium for an amount exceeding the funding cap of $55,000 per grant, taking into consideration the number of One Stop Career Centers in the consortium. Funding is not limited to one center per region. An estimated $700,000 is expected to be awarded through the school year and summer programs combined (Fund Codes 627 and 626).
Fund Use: Funds may be used for salaries for program coordination, staffing for direct services and planning, counseling programs and services to educate parents and high school students on post-12th grade remediation options, consultant and contract fees to provide program-related professional development, and program supplies. In-kind contributions and other funds to support this grant program are encouraged greatly. A maximum of 15 percent of the total amount of the grant may be budgeted for supplies; and a maximum of 20 percent of the total budget may be used for the sum of administrative, management, and indirect costs.
Project Duration: School Year Program (Fund Code: 627) Upon Approval - 6/30/2014
Summer Program (Fund Code: 626) 7/1/2014 - 8/31/2014
Program Unit: College and Career Readiness
Contact: Shailah Stewart
Phone Number: (781) 338-3904
Date Due: Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms: To apply for funding, submit a grant application that includes all of the required elements.

If applying for both Fund Code: 627 (School Year) and Fund Code: 626 (Summer), submit a separate packet of Required Forms for each, including a fund code specific Part I Signature Page, Part II Budget and Budget Narrative, and Part III Application.
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I: Fund Code: 627 for School Year Program - Program Unit Signature Page (Part I - General: Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I: Fund Code: 626 for Summer Program - Program Unit Signature Page (Part I - General: Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  3. Download MS EXCEL document  Part II Workbook - Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B)*
    (Print and mail with the proposal all four budget and budget narrative pages. See important opening instructions at the bottom of this section.)*
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
    Application for the Pathways One Stop Career Center Initiative
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Addendum A - Pathways Initiative FY2014 Collaboration Agreement Between Higher Education Institutions, One Stop Career Centers, and other Partners

*Note: The Budget and Budget Narrative Workbook is a Microsoft Excel file which includes macros that enable the workbook to compute totals and summary tables.

  1. For Microsoft Office 2000/2003, you may need to change the security setting in Excel before opening the file. In Excel, click 'Tools', 'Macro', and then 'Security'. When the dialog box appears, change the security setting to 'Medium' and then click 'OK'. You can now open the budget file.

  2. For Microsoft Office 2007, you must save the workbook as an earlier version of Excel (.xls not .xlsx).

Additional Information:
  1. View HTML Page  Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information
  2. Intake and Assessment Process
    Proposed initiatives must develop a process to provide identified students with intake, assessment of eligibility and other risk factors including MCAS, ongoing support, and data management to monitor student progress.
  3. Pathways Narrative Evaluation Guidelines and Pathways Activity Data Report
    Program coordinators must use the Pathways Narrative Evaluation Guidelines to report on the overall effectiveness of the program and the Pathways Activity Data Report generated through the Massachusetts One Stop Employment System (MOSES). The Narrative Report and Pathways Activity Data Reports are due on January 31, 2014 and July 31, 2014, for School Year programs and on September 30, 2014, for Summer programs.
  4. Required Student Data Submissions - Data Collection Template
    Individual student data are required to be submitted through the Department's Security Portal. These data are due on July 31, 2014, for the School Year program (Fund Code: 627) and September 30, 2014, for the Summer program (Fund Code: 626). Details will be provided by the Department to all grant recipients and will be posted to the Academic Support Data Collection webpage.
  5. Professional Development/Technical Assistance Sessions
    Grantees are expected to have personnel (coordinators, data entry staff, instructors, etc.) attend appropriate Academic Support professional development workshops and data training sessions. We welcome your input and feedback on the workshops.
Scoring Rubrics
Available upon request. (See Contact information above.)
Submission Instructions: Submit three (3) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:
Shailah Stewart
College and Career Readiness
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: June 20, 2013
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