With the availability of significant additional federal and state funding intended to support the education and training of adult learners, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeks to award planning grants to eligible organizations interested in providing such services through the programs outlined below.
In some cases, planning grants are designed for partnerships among education providers, training providers, employers, and workforce partners to identify ABE or ESOL needs for adult learners.
The purpose of this Competitive grant program is to support capacity building and planning activities to prepare organizations to provide new and/or expanded services in FY23 and beyond through the following programs:
Information about the structure and requirements of each type of program can be found by visiting the hyperlinks above, which contain program requirements for the most recent grant competition for funding. Programs may submit multiple proposals.
The following priorities have been established:
Eligible applicants include:
Approximately $1 million in state funding is available to support planning grants ranging of up to $30K for each proposed new/expanded program. Applicants may submit multiple proposals. For example, an applicant could submit a proposal for a new MassSTEP program along with expanding current CALC services. Information about the availability of implementation funding in FY23 and beyond will be posted at Funding Opportunities - Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS).
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 must be used to support collaboration, planning, and/or research and the development of monthly deliverables (described in required information). These costs may include but are not limited to:
Upon Approval – 6/30/2022
Adult and Community Learning Services
Derek KalchbrennerEmail address: Derek.Kalchbrenner@mass.gov
All inquiries must be submitted in writing to Derek.Kalchbrenner@mass.gov by Friday, January 28, 2022. All answers will be posted to the ACLS website.
Bidders' Conferences will be held via Zoom on
Friday, January 21st, 2022 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM https://zoom.us/j/9711745866 and
Monday, January 24th, 2022 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM https://zoom.us/j/9711745866
Friday, February 18, 2022.Proposals must be received at the Department by 3:00 p.m. on the date due.
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget Details
Part III — Required Program Information
Awarded applicants will be required to submit a progress report by May 15, 2022. The progress report template will be provided to funded agencies.
Competitive Grants:Proposals must be submitted electronically by 3PM on February 18, 2022, via the online portal.
Applicants will create an account and be able to enter the portal for the RFP. Once you have created a user account and entered the portal, you will be asked to:
Enter basic information
Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. You will not be able to submit your grant unless you include data or uploads in all required fields.
Please note that you are presented with two choices at the bottom of the submission webpage: <Save Draft> and <Submit>. Once you choose Submit, you are no longer able to make edits or change the files you wish to upload. Save Draft should be used routinely until you have completed the entire process and are certain you are ready to send your materials submission to us.
Also, please note that the Part II-Budget is an Excel for PC document. Please do not work on this document in Excel for Mac, as it will not render properly, even if you subsequently save the document in a PC environment.
If problems occur while using the portal anytime, or if you encounter technical difficulties with the Class Plan/Budget workbook after January 17, 2022, contact Paula Jurigian .
Submit a response to all narrative prompts as applicable.
Pages that exceed the above page limits will not be reviewed and scored. Required forms, appendices, and the budget workbook are not included in these page limits.
Note: DESE reserves the right to conduct an interview or a site visit prior to award.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to return to this RFP and the Q&A page for updates and amendments. All updates and amendments supersede previous versions.
Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget and Part I in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
1 The title of this Request for Proposals is FY 2020 Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education and Integrated Education and Training. In September 2021, Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) and Integrated Education and Training (IET) programming was unified under the brand name MassSTEP. The components and requirements for both services remain the same.
2 Any building, enclosure, space or structure used for the custody, control and rehabilitation of committed offenders and of such other persons as may be placed in custody therein in accordance with law (103 CMR: Department of Correction ).
3 Local area education or training providers (e.g., vocational technical high school, community college).
Last Updated: January 6, 2022
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