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. In Phase 1, the partnership assess the readiness of the business to support an educational program that meets the basic skill needs of its incumbent workers. Workforce Education Implementation Grants (Phase 2) are competitive grants designed for partnerships among education providers, business partners and unions (where the workforce is unionized) to implement an instructional program for adult incumbent workers. Eligible incumbent workers must:
Phase 1: Priorities are to support applicants that propose to:
Phase 2: Priorities are to support applicants that demonstrate:
Phase 1: 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.
Phase 2: Eligible applicants are those that were awarded a Phase 1 grant and were approved for Phase 2.
Federal CFDA: 84.002 and/or state.
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.
Phase 1: Applicants may request up to $5,000 to conduct a WNA to determine the readiness of the partnership to support a multi-year instructional program for incumbent workers. The planning process must include a WNA as outlined in fund use. A final report is required.
Phase 2: Only those partnerships having been approved for Phase 1 and completed a successful planning process are eligible for three-year implementation grants. Approximately up to $350,000 is set aside for implementation grants.
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.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has the authority to revoke any awarded funds based on poor performance.
Phase 1: 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:
Phase 2: Funding must be used to:
Not less than 95 percent of funds must be spent on adult education direct services and literacy activities; not more than 5 percent may be spent on administrative costs (related to planning, administration, (including carrying out performance accountability requirements), professional development, providing adult education and literacy services in alignment with local workforce plans, carrying out one-stop partner responsibilities, and state approved indirect costs charged to the grant.
Programs may negotiate a higher administrative cost percentage by submitting a written request and rationale with application. The state will not grant administrative cost requests that exceed 25% of grant funds (state requirement).
The Adult Education Services is a restricted rate program that is subject to a statutory "supplement not supplant" restriction. Grantees are required to use a restricted indirect cost rate of 8%, unless your calculated indirect cost rate is less than 8%, than you must use the lower rate for your budget. If you have an approved negotiated federal indirect cost rate, it must be submitted to DESE. If you do not have an approved indirect cost rate agreement, you must apply annually to DESE for an approved indirect cost rate. The indirect cost rate is calculated using costs specified in the grantee's indirect cost plan. Those specified costs may not be charged as direct costs to the grant or to any other grant under any circumstances.
Upon approval through November 1, 2019 for Phase 1, and upon approval through June 30, 2020 for Phase 2. Note: Only applicants who completed Phase 1 may apply for Phase 2. Phase 2 grants conditionally renewable for FY 2021 and FY 2022 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 2 renewals).
Adult and Community Learning Services
Derek KalchbrennerPhone Number: (781) 338-3812
All inquiries must be submitted in writing to WPEdRFP@doe.mass.edu by June 10, 2019 and all answers will be posted to the Adult and Community Services webpage.
A Bidders' Conference will be held Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am at the Worcester Adult Learning Center, Fanning Building, 24 Chatham Street, Worcester, in the auditorium. An informational webinar will be held Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. The webinar will be repeated on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
All other Proposals for Phase 1 must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2019.
Proposals for Phase 2 must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.
For Phase 1 — Due June 21, 2019:
For Phase 2 (deliverables) If approved for Phase 2, Due November 1, 2019:
No Paper Applications will be accepted.
This information is intended for state entities who require ISAs.
This information is not intended for Private or Community Based Organizations.
Phase 1: 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 attach Parts 1–4 in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Phase 2: These Required Forms and Documents for competitive Phase 2 Submitted November 1, 2019:
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:
Note that instructional offerings should be accurately captured in LACES, the state's adult education data system. Data collection and entry requirements are being updated and will be specified in a revised policy manual.
Last Updated: May 9, 2019
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