Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Perkins IV Correctional Institutions

Fund Code: 452


The purpose of this federal grant is to assist state and county correctional agencies with education programs that meet the definition of career and technical education as contained in the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L.109-270 (Perkins IV).

Proposed programs of study must offer a sequence of at least two courses1 that provide adult and/or youth offenders with coherent and rigorous educational activities that develop the academic and technical knowledge and skills required to pursue further education and/or employment in current or emerging professions, and result in an industry-recognized credential or certificate.2

The definition of career and technical education is contained in the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L.109-270 (Perkins IV).


The priority is to support the establishment or substantial improvement of career & technical education programs that prepare returning citizens to succeed in CORI-neutral3, in-demand, career pathways with a sustainable living wage.4 Note: A minimum of 10% of the program budget (direct or optional match) must be used to provide professional development for academic and/or technical teachers.


State and county correctional agencies, including the Department of Youth Services, with capacity to deliver academic and technical education education at the secondary and/or postsecondary level are eligible to respond to this Request for Proposals. Note: Current applicants must be in compliance with all grant reporting requirements to be eligible.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA: 84.048


Subject to federal appropriation, awards will be based on the quality of the programs proposed. Approximately $194,468.00 in Perkins funding is available for three to seven awards ranging from approximately $30,000 to $80,000.

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:

Perkins IV allocation funds must be used in accordance with Perkins IV and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual. Funds shall supplement and shall not supplant non-Federal funds.

Project Duration:

Upon Approval – 8/31/2019, conditionally renewable for up to an additional 3 years.
Renewals are subject to satisfactory performance, compliance with grant reporting requirements, the appropriation of Perkins funding, and the continuation of federal authorizing legislation.

Program Unit:

Adult and Community Learning Services


Karen DeCoster

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3815

Date Due:

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download Excel Document
Part II — Budget Workbook
Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information (Narrative format, Budget and Budget Detail)
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Statement of Assurances

Statement of intent to apply sent by email to Karen DeCoster August 15.

Additional Information:

A bidders' conference will be held at DOC Headquarters in Milford MA on August 8, 2018 from 10–12.

Proposals will be scored and ranked based on the extent to which the proposed program demonstrates that it: (1) meets the Perkins definition of a career and technical education program; (2) is of sufficient size, scope, duration, and quality to lead to both academic and technical skill gains; (3) has organizational support for sustainability; and (4) supplements, rather than supplants, existing resources.

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Scoring rubric

The narrative response should not exceed 20 pages (excluding the budget and budget narrative, resumes, job descriptions, and letters of support.) Applicants are required to provide page numbers on every page of the narrative which must be in font no smaller than Arial 10 with 1 inch margins.

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Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual
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The Vocational Technical Education Frameworks
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Regional Workforce Skills Planning Initiative Regional Blueprint
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Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
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Grants for Schools: Getting Them and Using Them, A Procedural Manual

Standard Contract Forms and Applications for Program Grants submitted or approved after September 1, 2018 can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final Department approval.

Grantees can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final approval.

ESE reserves the right to visit a program prior to awarding the grant and monitor the program during the grant cycle.

Submission Instructions:

Submit 4 copies of all required form in hard copy to:

Karen DeCoster
Office for Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

1 ServSafe and OSHA 10 training do not qualify as courses, although OSHA 30 or another 30+ hour credential-focused class may, provided it results is an industry-recognized certification or credential.

2 OSHA 10 (or other credentials earned in such brief trainings) alone will not suffice.

3 Letters of support from local area employers stating that CORIs will be reviewed on an individual basis and not used to eliminate a candidate may suffice.

4 Priority will be given to STEM career pathways such as automotive, building trades, information technology, and manufacturing.

Last Updated: July 19, 2018

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