Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
12/22/17 3:00 PM
Grant to a Massachusetts nonprofit, IHE, library, or local education agency for the provision of high-quality adult basic education programs for qualifying adults. These programs must serve qualifying adults who are unable or unwilling to enroll in an adult learning class at a Community Adult Learning Center.
The priority is to support one statewide stand alone program that offers volunteer tutoring services annually to approximately 1,000-1,100 eligible adult students in cities and town in the Commonwealth including Gateway cities and that:
1. Demonstrates past effectiveness in providing one on one academic instruction for ABE or ESOL students;
2. Provides one-on-one adult basic education instruction through the use of well-trained and well-supported volunteer tutors;
3. For ABE services, ensure the program implements a curriculum that is aligned with the standards of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE)
4. For ESOL services, ensure that the program implements a curriculum that is aligned with the standards and benchmarks of the Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the standards of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) at all levels; and,
5. Provide services that are effective in assisting adults to develop the college and career readiness skills needed to successfully transition to higher education and stable jobs that provide a family-sustaining wage.
6. Provide services that are aligned with the strategy and goals identified in the Local Plan Packages.
Funds are contingent upon satisfactory performance, the appropriation of state and federal funds, and the continuance of federal authorizing legislation.
Funds must be used to provide Adult Basic Education instructional services, delivered by well-trained volunteers, including basic skills, pre- adult secondary education, adult secondary education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Personnel costs may include paid staff time for: recruitment; volunteer/student orientation; volunteer training and ongoing support; required and ongoing assessment of student progress; establishing and maintaining tutor/student matches; advising; follow-up; referral; professional development data collection/entry; and, administration. A portion of the funds may be used to support non-personnel related costs.
Eligible students are
a. At least 16 years of age; and
b. are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law, and either:
-Do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
-Are basic skills deficient if they have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent (Note: Students who possess a high school credential are required to assess at or below 10.9 grade level equivalent (GLE) in reading, writing, or mathematics and seek to maintain work certification and/or pursue postsecondary education or training in order to be eligible.); or
-Are English language learners.
All students need the skills to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency.
Not less than 75 percent of funds must be spent on adult basic education direct services; not more than 25 percent may be spent on administrative costs, including indirect costs.
Agencies with an approved federal indirect cost rate shall not receive more than an 8% indirect rate for adult education programs. Agencies with an ESE-approved indirect cost rate (IDC) shall not receive more than a 5% indirect rate for adult education programs. The total of direct and indirect costs may not exceed the total grant award. In lieu of charging for indirect costs, grantees that provide an appropriate and detailed allocation of agency wide costs to their grant programs may receive ESE approval to include them as direct costs.
Upon notification of funding, successful applicants will be required to enter the approved number of tutors and tutor-student matches in the Primary Instruction By Volunteers screen in SMARTT Successful applicants must comply with Adult and Community Learning Services' assessment policies and reporting requirements.
GrantWatch ID#: 157080
The total allocation is available for one statewide program.
The total allocation available for one statewide primary instruction by volunteers program is approximately $400,000.
Project duration is upon approval through June 30, 2022; conditionally renewable annually for up to four (4) years, subject to satisfactory performance, the appropriation of state and federal funds, and the continuance of federal authorizing legislation.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Fund Code: 287
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