Workplace Education grants are 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:
This is a continuation grant. Eligible recipients are those agencies that were awarded grants in the Open and Competitive FY 2019 and FY 2020 competitions. For those agencies awarded in FY 2019, this is the final year of the grant. For those awarded in FY 2020, this is the second year of the grant.
Federal CFDA: 84.002
Recipients awarded in the FY 19 Open and Competitive process are eligible to apply. FY 21 is the last year of the three-year grant.
Recipients awarded in the FY 20 Open and Competitive process are eligible to apply. FY 21 is the second year of the three-year grant.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change.
Funds must be used for collaborations between/among an education provider and a business or consortia of businesses.
Funds must be used in accordance with the Massachusetts Guidelines for Effective Workplace Education Partnerships to provide adult education to eligible students.
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 ESE. If you do not have an approved indirect cost rate agreement, you must apply annually to ESE 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 (no earlier than 9/1/2020) – 8/31/2021
Adult and Community learning Services (ACLS)
Friday, June 5, 2020 by 3:00 PM
Grantees must use the online grants information system; no paper submissions will be accepted.
Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants.
In EdGrants, applicants are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:
FY21 FC494 (Insert full legal name of program) (no acronyms, please)
All required forms should be uploaded in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with CEO/Superintendent/Executive Director signature.
For detailed instructions, please see review the EdGrants Front Office User Guide: How to Apply .
Please note: The program must determine who to add as users of EdGrants in order to submit grant application as well as for payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your EdGrants level users.
Last Updated: April 22, 2020
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