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Grants to Massachusetts Correctional Agencies to Improve Facility-Based Career Programs

Perkins IV Correctional Institutions


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Funding Source
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
CFDA Number: 84.048
Funding or PIN Number: 452
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts

Important Dates
LOI Date: 08/15/18
Deadline: 09/05/18 5:00 PM Receipt deadline Save

Grant Description
Grants ranging between $30,000 to $80,000 to Massachusetts State and county correctional facilities to improve their facility-based career and technical education programs. Funding is intended for professional development opportunities that enhance the abilities of program instructors.

Proposed programs of study must offer a sequence of at least two courses that provide adult and/or youth offenders with coherent and rigorous educational activities that develop the academic and technical knowledge and skills required to pursue further education and/or employment in current or emerging professions, and result in an industry-recognized credential or certificate.

The priority is to support the establishment or substantial improvement of career and technical education programs that prepare returning citizens to succeed in CORI-neutral, in-demand, career pathways with a sustainable living wage. Priority will be given to STEM career pathways such as automotive, building trades, informatiotechnology, and manufacturing.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
State and county correctional agencies, including the Department of Youth Services, with capacity to deliver academic and technical education at the secondary and/or postsecondary level are eligible to respond to this RFP.

Fund use must not conflict with Perkins IV and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual:

Pre-Proposal Conference
A bidders' conference will be held at DOC Headquarters in Milford MA on August 8, 2018 from 10–12.

Proposals will be scored and ranked based on the extent to which the proposed program demonstrates that it: (1) meets the Perkins definition of a career and technical education program; (2) is of sufficient size, scope, duration, and quality to lead to both academic and technical skill gains; (3) has organizational support for sustainability; and (4) supplements, rather than supplants, existing resources.

Pre-Application Information
Statement of intent to apply sent by email to Karen DeCoster August 15.
Date Due: Wednesday, September 5, 2018
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

A minimum of 10% of the program budget (direct or optional match) must be used to provide professional development for academic and/or technical teachers.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Funding is available for 3 to 7 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
$30,000 to $80,000

Term of Contract
8/31/2019 - Conditionally renewable for up to an additional 3 years.

Contact Information
Submit 4 copies of all required form in hard copy to:

Karen DeCoster
Office for Adult and Community Learning Services
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Karen DeCoster
(781) 338-3815

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