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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Adult Basic Education Distance Learning - Instructional Hub
Fund Code: 669

Purpose: The purpose of this grant program is to establish and support distance learning instructional hubs in order to increase access to, and the intensity of, educational services for eligible adult learners, and strengthen their technology skills in preparation for college and careers.
Priorities: The priority is to support programs that:
  1. provide online instruction supported by face-to-face services at the Community Adult Learning Center to implement a blended model of distance learning; and,
  2. collaborate with and provide guidance to ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Centers in the delivery of services.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are currently funded recipients that have demonstrated satisfactory performance.
Funding: See Table 1 - Funding Allocations
Fund Use: Funds must be used for ABE services that are designed in accordance with the Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education Programs ).
Match: A minimum of 20 percent fully auditable matching contribution is required. The availability of existing computer hardware, telecommunications networks, video technology, and elements of a successful distance learning program through a matching contribution is preferred; however, these costs are also allowable as expenses to be charged to the grant. Applicants must itemize their matching contribution on Schedule B and include a match narrative.
Program Unit: Adult and Community Learning Services
Project Duration: 7/1/2013- 6/30/2014
Contact: Jolanta Conway email address: jconway@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3853
Date Due: Wednesday, June 13, 2013
Proposals must be received at the Department no later than 3:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Budget Narrative to be prepared by the applicant.
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  5. Part III - Required Program Information (Submit hard copies only)
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Statement of Assurances - please note that two signatures are required
  7.  Download MS EXCEL document  Schedule B - Cost Sharing or Matching Schedule
  8. Match Narrative to be prepared by the applicant (optional)
Additional Information:
  1. Guidelines for Effective Distance Learning in Adult Basic Education Programs
  2. Download PDF document  Massachusetts Adult Basic Education and ESOL Distance Learning Programs: How to Assess Student Readiness for Distance Learning
  3. Distance Learning handbooks developed by the UMass Boston Center for Social Policy, June 2009:
    • Download PDF document  Handbook of Screening for Online ESOL Programs
    • Download PDF document  Handbook of Support for Online ESOL Programs
    • Download PDF document  Handbook of Screening for Online GED Programs
    • Download PDF document  Handbook of Support for Online GED Programs
  4. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  ABE State Director Letter
Submission Instructions: Submit two (2) sets, each with an original signature in blue ink of the Superintendent/ Executive Director/President.

Mail to:
Lorraine Domigan
Office Manager
Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street 3rd Floor
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: August 1, 2013
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