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Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education and Integrated Education and Training

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Community-
and Faith-Based Organizations for Adult Career Education

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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08/16/19 3:00 PM


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Grants ranging from to $30,000 to $80,000 to Massachusetts training and education providers, including nonprofits, agencies, IHEs, libraries, and community- and faith-based organizations for adult education opportunities that lead to high-salary careers. Funding is intended for workforce preparatory education and occupational skills training, combined with civics education, that together accelerate learning outcomes, including student attainment of one or more relevant IRCs occupations.

The following priorities have been established for IET and IELCE program proposals that are informed by evidence-based practice and support:
1. Career pathway development in occupations with 4 or 5 star demand rankings as shown in the local plan. (Note: Bonus points will be awarded accordingly for proposals that address this priority, proposals with occupations that are not 4 or 5 star will not receive bonus points.)
2. Partnership with one or more local area employers in the occupation that includes but is not limited to assistance with job placement/employment. (Note: Employer support letters are required.)
3. Capabilities to support or refer individuals to state or federal resources such as SNAP+ or child care benefits programs.

Eligible students are:
- At least 16 years of age; and
- Not enrolled or required to be enrolled in secondary school under state law, and
- Do not have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and have not an equivalent level of education or are basic skills deficient or are English language learners.

Not less than 95 percent of funds must be spent on adult education direct services and literacy activities; not more than 5 percent may be spent on administrative costs related to planning, administration, (including carrying out performance accountability requirements), professional development, providing adult education and literacy services in alignment with local workforce plans, carrying out one-stop partner responsibilities, and state approved indirect costs charged to the grant.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186204

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards ranging from approximately $30,000 to $80,000.

Term of Contract:

Upon approval through June 30, 2020 (conditionally renewable for up to an additional two years (FY21-FY22).

Renewals are subject to satisfactory performance, the appropriation of state and federal funds, and the continuance of federal authorizing legislation. Total grant award duration will not exceed three years (initial year (FY20) plus renewals (FY21-FY22).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are education and/or training providers with demonstrated effectiveness in either adult education and/or career and technical training, including:
- A local educational agency;
- Public entities that are able to demonstrate effectiveness in operating adult education and/or career and training programs in correctional institutions
- A community-based organization or faith-based organization;
- A volunteer literacy organization;
- An institution of higher education;
- A public or private nonprofit agency;
- A library;
- A public housing authority;
- A nonprofit institution not described above and has the ability to provide literacy activities to eligible providers;
- A consortium or coalition of the agencies, organizations, institutions, libraries or authorities described in (A) through (H);
- A partnership between an employer and an entity described above.

Note: Eligible applicants from the Berkshire, Bristol, or Metro Southwest workforce development areas (where IET/IELCE programs do not currently exist) will compete separately (among themselves only). Applicants from the remaining 13 workforce development areas will compete separately.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A webinar bidder's conference will be held on July 12.

Pre-Application Information:

A letter of intent (for bidders' conference planning only) should be emailed by Friday, July 5, 2019.

Proposals are due on Friday, August 16, 2019 by 3:00 p.m.

All inquiries must be submitted in writing; all answers will be posted to the ACLS webpage. Questions can be submitted upon release through Friday, July 19, 2019.

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

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Submit proposals to Barbara Pope:

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Fund Code: 671/661/359

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts