This targeted grant is intended to enable the state's MassHire Workforce Development Boards (MWDBs) to sustain the state's School to Career Connecting Activities (CA) initiative by serving as the intermediaries that broker connections between public school districts and employers/community-based organizations in their regions.
The Commonwealth's 16 Workforce Development Boards
A total of approximately $6,782,375 is projected to be available.
Funding has been allocated to level fund FY22 amounts.
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.
DESE, in consultation with EOE and EOLWD, will distribute and additional funding to grantees by evaluating responses to Part III based on alignment to the identified priorities.
Connecting Activities funds may be used for the following purposes:
Upon Approval (no earlier than 7/1/22) through 6/30/2023
College, Career, Career and Technical Education
Friday, June 17, 2022
Part I — Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants — PDF of Part I Signature Page, which has been signed with original signature and scanned into EdGrants
Part II — Template provided for planning purposes. Budget must be entered directly into EdGrants
Part III — Required Program Information
Agreements with Partner Schools, using the template provided: A signed School/District Partnership Agreement for each Partner District, using the template provided.
FY 23 Connecting Activities Staff Plan: A Staffing plan, using provided template for the region and its partner high schools. This should identify Connecting Activities staff supported by the CA initiative or providing in-kind support to the initiative, including at least one contact person at each partner high school.
FY 22 Year-To-Date "Work and Learning" Performance Report, generated from MACR database
FY 22 Qualifying Wages Report, generated from MACR database
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 "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:
FY23 FC 428 Connecting Activities (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 or Executive director signature and all required forms. 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: May 25, 2022
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