Due to the COVID pandemic, college enrollment across the nation and the Commonwealth in Fall 2020 was significantly lower as compared to previous years. The purpose of this targeted grant program is to help mitigate that issue for this year, by providing a foundation of services within Massachusetts community colleges in Summer 2021 for students in the class of 2021 that graduated under the modified competency determination to prepare academically for college level English and mathematics, transition effectively into and ultimately complete postsecondary education.
The priorities of this funding opportunity is to support summer programming in community colleges that:
provide summer instruction in mathematics and/or English (i.e., academic and college-readiness skills) and advising support to ensure that students function successfully in postsecondary education;
provide students access to degree-bearing college credit courses or preparation work at no cost through participation in the summer program and lead towards enrolling in credited mathematics and English coursework in the fall semester; and
successfully enroll and retain class of 2021 students graduating under the modified competency determination;
create clear, effective pathways to degree programs, certificate programs, and/or careers for students upon completion of the program designed to fill in academic gaps
Massachusetts State Community Colleges
Federal CFDA 84.425
Approximately $420,000 dollars are available in this funding opportunity.
All 15 Massachusetts state community colleges are eligible for funding based on the number of students graduating with the modified competency determination in their traditional enrollment ("catchment") areas and their historical trends in enrollment from those areas.
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
Funds should be used to supplement or create programming to support the transition of students graduating with the modified competency determination in the class of 2021. This use may include funds needed for recruitment of students and program planning previous to the commencement of the program. Summer fund use must include support in English, English as a Second Language and/or mathematics (based on the needs of students) that leads to enrollment in credit bearing academic coursework in fall 2021. Funds may also be used to support transition activities, including but not restricted to advising, orientation to campus services and supports, and social emotional and enrichment activities that encourage participation, engagement and fall enrollment. Use of funds for equipment and technological hardware are prohibited.
Upon Approval – September 30, 2021
College, Career, and Technical Education
Friday, April 9, 2021 Full proposals are due by 5:00 p.m.
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part III — Required Program Information
Grantees will be required to report students enrolled in the program through a secure portal. A short self-evaluation of the program is also required at the end of the program.
Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants
In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your Summer Acceleration to College Program in EdGrants:
FY22 FC463 Summer Acceleration to College Program (Applicant Name)
All items listed under the required forms section of this RFP should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature as well as Schedule A form, if applicable to your district. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.
For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides, Information and Trainings.
Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.
Last Updated: March 8, 2021
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