Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2022: Adult Education Services Continuation Grant

Fund Codes: 340/671/345/661/359/285/563


The purpose of this continuation grant program is to fund free access for eligible undereducated and limited English proficient adults, age 16 and older, to highly effective adult basic education services in the sixteen Workforce Investment Areas in the Commonwealth previously funded in FY2019, FY2020 and FY2021. The purpose of the services is to assist adult students to achieve their educational and career goal as family members, workers, and community members, and prepare them to successfully take their next steps toward those goals, in college and further training, at work, and in the community.

The priority is to support programs and/or collaborations that provide, on a voluntary basis, adult education services provided by programs designed to serve a minimum of 50 students on an ongoing basis, that:
  1. assist eligible individuals to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.
  2. assist eligible individuals who are parents or family members to obtain the education and skills that-
    1. are necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children, and
    2. result in sustainable improvements in the economic opportunities for their family;
  3. assist eligible individuals in attaining a secondary school credential and in the transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways; and
  4. assist immigrants and other individuals who are English language learners to improve their:
    1. reading, writing, speaking and comprehension skills in English; and
    2. bmathematical skills;
  5. acquire an understanding of the American system of government, individual freedom and responsible citizenship.
  6. improve and accelerate participant outcomes, especially educational functioning level completion, high school equivalency credential attainment, and enrollment in post-secondary education or training.
  7. design, implement, and evaluate adult education services guided by the priorities established in the:
    1. 13 WIOA Considerations
    2. Massachusetts Indicators of Program Quality
    3. Massachusetts Policies for Effective Adult Education in Community Adult Learning Centers and Correctional Institutions, and;
    4. WIOA Massachusetts Combined State Plan.
  8. assist institutionalized individuals to obtain the education and skills necessary to reduce recidivism and facilitate:
    1. re-entry into society;
    2. further education and training or employment upon release;
    3. economic self-sufficiency; and
    4. smooth transitions in their roles as family members and citizens.
  9. serve individuals who are likely to leave the correctional institution within five years of participation in the program.
Integrated Education and Training (IET) FC 340/671/345/661/285/359/563:

The purpose of IET is to accelerate participants' educational and career advancement by providing eligible individuals with pre-ASE and ASE services offered concurrently and contextually with local area workforce preparation and training activities that result in students attaining one or more industry-recognized credentials required for local area employment in high-demand industries.

Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE) FC 359:

The purpose of IELCE is to accelerate participants' educational and career advancement by providing eligible individuals with ESOL services including civics education, offered concurrently and contextually with local area workforce preparation and training activities that result in students attaining one or more industry-recognized credentials required for local area employment in high-demand industries.


The purpose of outstationing is to help eligible individuals access adult education services by assisting MassHire Career Center staff with intake, assessments, and referrals to adult education programs in the local area and educate current students about career center services.


FY2022 is a continuation year grant. All recipients awarded through the Adult Education Services Open and Competitive FY2019 or FY2020 grant funding cycle who received grants in FY2021 are eligible to apply.

Funding Type:

Fund Code 340, 359 285, and 671: Federal CFDA: 84.002
Fund Code 345, 563 and 661: State


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.

See FY2022 Table 1 for fund codes 340/671/345/661/359/285/563. Grant amounts were determined through a proposal review during the O&C process based on regional allocations, Massachusetts considered the regional educational need, the demand for services, and historical funding and score of the proposal. In addition, funding was adjusted based on programs performance in FY2021.

FY2022 grants will include additional funds to further build program capacity to meet the increased demand for adult education services, to develop curriculum and instruction, promote and/or incentivize ABE licensure, and improve and expand online and remote learning. Programs in corrective action are not eligible for funding increases.

Curriculum & Instruction — to address the following:

  • Complete curriculum alignment to the MAELPs in FY2022 and/or
  • Development of science and/or social studies curriculum.

Online/Remote Learning — to address the following:

  • Develop online/remote learning opportunities for current and/or new students, and/or
  • Build infrastructure to provide rigorous online/remote learning e.g. increase internet bandwidth, high-speed routers, computers/laptops/tablets, online meeting software etc., and/ or
  • Develop a plan to provide online/remote learning to students address infrastructure, staffing, curriculum, online/remote technology, and tools

Funding is subject to state and federal appropriation.

Fund Use:

Funds must be used in accordance with the FY20-FY22 Massachusetts Policies for Effective Adult Education in Community Adult Learning Centers and Correctional Institutions to provide adult education to eligible students; eligible students are:

  1. at least 16 years of age; and
  2. not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law, and
  3. do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and have not an equivalent level of education or are basic skills deficient or are English language learners.

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 (see App. A — Administrative Cost — Negotiation Request). 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.

Project Duration:

State-funded — Fund Code: 345, 563, and 661: Upon Approval (no earlier than July 1, 2021) — June 30, 2022

Federally-funded — Fund Codes: 340, 359, 285, and 671: Upon Approval (no earlier than July 1, 2021) — August 31, 2022

Pending funding availability next year will be the final continuation.

Program Unit:

Adult and Community Learning Services


Michelle Perry

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3803

Date Due:

Applications for grant recipients that are state agencies (use the state's accounting system MMARS) are encouraged to submit applications no later than Friday, May 14, 2021 to allow sufficient time to process ISA's.

Applications for both federally and state-funded projects are due no later than Friday, June 4, 2021 at 3:00PM.

Proposals must be submitted into the online portal by 3:00 p.m. on the date due.

Required Forms:

The following documents need to be submitted in EdGrants:

The following additional submission requirements must be submitted using the online portal:

Additional Information:

This information is intended for state entities who require ISAs as part of their grant award process. Not intended for Private or Community Based Organizations.

  1. ISA process timeline
  2. MA Expenditure Classification Handbook
  3. MA Comptroller's Office Fringe Information
  4. ISA and EdGrants Amendment Requirements
Submission Instructions:

The RFP will be updated and programs will be notified by ACLS when EdGrants funding opportunity becomes available.

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:

FY22 (Insert fund code and full legal name of program)

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 (Part I signatures must be scanned uploads of wet signatures; we cannot take electronic signatures at this time.) / Coversheet with CEO/Superintendent/Executive Director signature. 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 and Information.

Please note: It is up to the applicant 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.

Additional submission requirements must be submitted by deadlines above using the online portal.

Last Updated: April 21, 2021

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