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Adult Education: Distance Learning Instructional Hub

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, LEAs, IHEs, and
Libraries for Adult Education Distance Learning Programs

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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12/22/17 3:00 PM


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofits, local education agencies, libraries, and other organizations that provide adult education and literacy services to support or establish distance learning programs. The purpose of this program is to improve access to, and quality of, educational services available to qualifying adult learners so they may strengthen their technology skills in preparation for college and careers.

The priority is to support programs and/or collaborations that:

-Demonstrate past effectiveness in providing distance learning instruction for ABE or ESOL students;

-Engage in data-based continuous improvement planning to enhance the quality of the services provided and meet performance outcomes;

-Provide online instruction through collaboration and implementation of DL services with Community Adult Learning Centers (CALC)

-Provide online instruction and implementation of DL services to students in participating CALCs based on the best practices derived from the most rigorous research available and appropriate, including scientifically valid research and effective educational practice;

-Increase access to services for individuals on a CALC wait list;

-Submit a minimum of 14 Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) that articulates the roles and responsibilities of the participating Hub and CALC to jointly support DL services to students. The HUB must serve and maintain an enrollment of 100 active students monthly;

-Help students become college and career ready in order to reach one or more next steps, including transitioning into post-secondary education, becoming job ready, obtaining employment, and accessing occupational training

-Provide evidence of alignment with local plans in the Workforce Development areas where the CALCs are located.

Funds must be used in accordance with the Massachusetts Guidelines for Distance Learning in Adult Education and the 2019 Massachusetts Policies for Effective Adult Education in Community Adult Learning Centers and Correctional Institutions.

Funds must be used to establish or operate a DL Instructional Hub program that provides adult education1 instruction and other services in one or more of the following categories:
-Adult education at GLE 6.0 through skills expected of a high school student, and/or
-English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) services from SPL 2.0 and higher.

Eligible students are individuals who:
-Have attained 16 years of age, and
-Are not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law, and in need of services.

Recipients of DL Instructional Hubs grants will be required to participate in data collection for an evaluation of the ABE Distance Learning Program.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181895

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Number of Grants:

Funding may support one ABE Hub and one ESOL Hub; or a single Hub serving both ABE and ESOL.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is available to support one ABE Hub and one ESOL Hub ($100,000 each) or a single Hub serving both ABE and ESOL ($200,000).

Term of Contract:

Project duration is upon approval through August 31, 2018; and conditionally renewable for up to an additional one year for a total of two (2) years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are organizations that have demonstrated effectiveness in providing adult education and literacy activities through distance learning.

These organizations may include, but are not limited to: (a) A local educational agency; (b) A community-based organization or faith-based organization; (c) A volunteer literacy organization; (d) An institution of higher education; (e) A public or private nonprofit agency; (f) A library; (g) A public housing authority; (h) A nonprofit institution that is not listed above in (a) through (g) of this section and has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible individuals; (i) A consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries, or authorities described in any of paragraphs (a) through (h) of this section; and (j) A partnership between an employer and an entity described in any of paragraphs (a) through (i) of this section

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Bidders' Conference for the DL Hub grant program will be held September 20, 2017 at the Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, Worcester, MA.

Pre-Application Information:

All inquiries must be submitted in writing by email to the address listed below; all answers will be posted to the Adult and Community Services webpage:

Applicants are required to provide an auditable matching share of 20% of the total amount of the requested grant award. Currently funded grantees must provide a matching share that is not less than their FY 2017 matching share (maintenance of effort amount) or 20% of the requested amount, whichever is greater.

The availability of existing computer hardware, telecommunications networks, video technology, and elements of a successful distance-learning program through a matching contribution is preferred; however, these costs are also allowable as expenses to be charged to the grant.

A Letter of Intent to Apply must be received at the Department by 3:00 PM on October 6, 2017. The letter of intent is not mandatory but will used for planning purposes. Applicants will not be disqualified if this letter is not received.

Proposals must be delivered to the Department via email by December 22, 2017 by 3:00 PM.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

(781) 338-3850

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Fund Code: 669

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts