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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2023: Summer Acceleration to College

Fund Code: 463


Due to the COVID pandemic, college enrollment across the nation and the Commonwealth in Fall 2020 and Fall 2021 were significantly lower as compared to previous years, particularly for Black, Latino and English learner students. 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 2022 for students in the class of 2022 (and classes of 2020 and 2021) as feasible to prepare academically for college level English and mathematics, transition effectively into and ultimately complete postsecondary education.


The priorities of this funding opportunity are to support summer programming in community colleges that:

  • provide summer instruction (acceleration) 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 that lead towards enrolling in credited mathematics and English coursework in the fall semester; and

  • successfully enroll and retain class of 2022 students (and other recent classes) for the 2022-23 school year.

  • 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

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA 84.425 — Federal Coronavirus Relief Programs - Federal Grant Programs


Approximately $500,000 is available in this funding opportunity.

All 15 Massachusetts state community colleges are eligible for funding based on the number of students graduating in their traditional enrollment ("catchment") areas and their historical trends in enrollment from those areas.

Berkshire Community College$15,000
Bristol Community College$50,000
Bunker Hill Community College$50,000
Cape Cod Community College$25,000
Greenfield Community College$15,000
Holyoke Community College$35,000
Mass Bay Community College$25,000
Massasoit Community College$40,000
Middlesex Community College$50,000
Mount Wachusett Community College$25,000
North Shore Community College$35,000
Northern Essex Community College$40,000
Quinsigamond Community College$50,000
Roxbury Community College$10,000
Springfield Technical Community College$35,000

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.

Fund Use:

Funds should be used to supplement or create programming to support the transition of students graduating in the class of 2022. 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 2022. 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. Compensation for student attendance (financial renumeration) is also prohibited.

Project Duration:

July 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022

Program Unit:

College, Career, and Technical Education


Nyal Fuentes

Phone Number:

(781) 338-3593

Date Due:

Friday, March 18, 2022

Required Forms:
Required forms for Colleges/State Agencies Only:

In addition to the above documents, Required in EdGrants:

Additional Information for Colleges/State Agencies:

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

Submission Instructions:

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:

  • FY23 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 applications 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: June 16, 2022

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