Workplace Education Planning Grants (Phase 1) are competitive grants designed for partnerships among education providers, business partners and unions (where the workforce is unionized) to identify needs for instructional services for adult incumbent workers who must:
Priorities are to support applicants that propose to:
Provide evidence of an employer and education provider partnership.
Develop a plan and timeline to conduct a Workplace Needs Analysis (WNA).
Include a variety of perspectives through participation in the WNA.
Integrate ABE/ESOL with industry skills training/work readiness to develop increased economic self sufficiency and a more productive workforce.
Provide evidence of outreach to the local Workforce Area in which the business partner is located and demonstrate alignment with the local WDB plans.
Demonstrate past effectiveness in improving the English communication skills, literacy and or numeracy of eligible individuals by means of contextualizing curriculum and instruction.
Ensure that participants progress through the National Reporting System Educational Functioning Levels by offering scheduled educational activities of sufficient intensity and quality, which (a) align with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, (b) are based on rigorous research, (c) include the essential components of reading, (d) may include math instruction for English language learners, and, where possible, effectively use technology so that participants develop their digital literacy skills.
Deliver activities supported by a solid organizational capacity (including providing equitable working conditions), highly qualified educational leaders and well-trained instructors who have access to high quality professional development.
Accelerate the attainment of student outcomes, especially educational functioning level completion in the target skill area, and/or high school equivalency credential attainment.
Engage in continuous improvement planning to enhance the quality of the services provided and determine that student and program outcomes have been met.
Eligible workplace education provider applicants may include, but are not limited to:
(a) A local educational agency;(b) A community-based organization or faith-based organization; (c) A volunteer literacy organization; (d) An institution of higher education; (e) A public or private nonprofit agency; (f) A library; (g) A public housing authority; (h) A nonprofit institution that has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals;(i) A consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described in any of elements (a) through (h) of this section; and (j) A partnership between an employer and an entity described in (a) through (i) of this section.
Federal CFDA: 84.002
Approximately $50,000 is available for up to 10 planning grants. Each grantee must conduct a WNA as part or all of the planning process.
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.
Funding must be used to conduct a WNA that includes a systematic analysis of the readiness of the partnership to deliver a quality instructional program. The plan must identify:
Upon approval through October 19, 2018 for Phase I, and upon approval through June 30, 2019 for Phase 2. Note: Only applicants who completed Phase 1 and are approved for Phase 2 may apply.(Federally/State-funded-Fund Code 494/538); conditionally renewable for up to an additional two years subject to satisfactory performance, the appropriation of state and/or federal funds and the continuance of federal authoring legislation. Total grant award duration will not exceed three years (initial plus renewals).
Adult and Community Learning Services
Olivia SteelePhone Number: (781) 338-3858
All inquires must be submitted in writing to WPEdRFP@doe.mass.edu by April 20, 2018 and all answers will be posted to the Adult and Community Services webpage.
There will not be a Bidders' Conference.
Proposals for Phase 1 must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Proposals for Phase 2 must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19th.
For Phase One — Due May 15, 2018:
For Phase 2 (deliverables) If approved for Phase 2, Due October 19, 2018:
No Paper Applications will be accepted.
Application Packages must be in PDF format and emailed to the following email address WPEdRFP@doe.mass.edu with required elements in the following sequence:
Awarded Recipients: Any recipient awarded a grant will be required to enter the approved budget and Parts I-4 in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Application Packages must be in PDF format and e-mailed to the following mail address WPEdRFP@doe.mass.edu with required elements in the following sequence:
Last Updated: March 9, 2018
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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