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DESE Issues Adult Career Pathways RFP

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has announced the release of the FY 2015 Adult Career Pathways Open and Competitive Requests for Proposals (RFPs).  This grant program is designed to assist adult students in acquiring the skills and information necessary to pursue a career pathway or postsecondary education. The priority is "to support ABE/ESOL instruction that integrates the priority or priorities identified by the regional workforce systems to assist students in acquiring the academic skills and career information necessary to gain access to a career pathway." Eligible applicants are current recipients of ESE-funded Community Adult Learning Center grants including: local educational agencies, community-based organizations, volunteer literacy organizations, institutions of higher learning, public or private nonprofit agencies, libraries, public housing authorities, and other nonprofit institutions that provide literacy services to adults and families. Successful applicants will receive a three-year grant award beginning in FY'15.  For more information and to download the application and related materials and resources, please visit:

Bridging the Opportunity Gap Initiative RFP

Commonwealth Corporation has just announced the release of the FY15 Bridging the Opportunity Gap Initiative (BOG) Request for Proposals (RFP).
The Bridging the Opportunity Gap Initiative (BOG) RFP is designed to support innovative programming for youth committed to the Department of Youth Services. The focus of the BOG RFP is on the design and delivery of programs that support high-quality career readiness, vocational training, employment-related training and workplace learning, HISET and Tutoring services, arts and cultural activities, and mentoring services.
There are two ways you can learn more about the RFP and the five program options offered through this funding:
1.   Submit questions or requests for clarification in writing before April 18, at 5:00pm. Commonwealth Corporation will respond to all questions within three business days. All written questions as well as answers will be posted on the Commonwealth Corporation website.

Submit questions about the Bridging the Opportunity Gap RFP via email to Danielle Niedzwiecki, DYS Program Manager at
2.   Join in our BOG RFP Bidders Conference, to be held April 11, 2014 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. To join:
Webinar Link:
Meeting Name: BOG FY15 RFP Bidders Conference.  Log-in as a Guest. 
Conference call number (for audio portion of the webinar):  1-888-265-4641 Conference Code: 2846443383

Proposals are due May 7, 2014. For more information, please visit the Commonwealth Corporation RFP Web Page.

Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund: Training Grant RFP

Commonwealth Corporation has announced the release of the Health Care Workforce Transformation Fund: Training Grant RFP.  This grant is designed to provide applicants with funds to support workforce training/education to address challenges healthcare employers will face as they adapt their practices to meet the cost containment and quality improvement goals of Chapter 224. 

An optional Bidders’ Webinar was held on April 10, 2014 at 11:00a.m. 

Download Proposal (Word): Request for Proposals

Download Budget Forms (Excel): Application Parts 5a & 5b

Questions about the Request for Proposals will be accepted in writing, and answers will be posted on a regular basis on the Commwealth Corporation website.  Please submit questions via email to Karen Shack, Deadline: July 31, 2014. Required Letter of Intent due June 27, 2014.


Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund

The Workforce Training Fund (WTF) is a state fund that provides resources to Massachusetts businesses to train current and newly hired employees through three grant programs:

The WTF General Program is open to companies of any size, and will provide up to $250,000 per company.  Priority is given to applications focused on employee skills attainment and achievement of transferable and measurable skills.   Applications may be submitted at any time but will be reviewed according to published deadlines. Grant decisions are made approximately 60 days after the application deadline. Click here for more information about the WTF General Program.

The WTF Express Program is targeted to small companies with 50 or fewer employees, as well as to labor organizations. Applicants must choose from a list of pre-qualified programs. Applications may be submitted online at any time. Grants are up to $3,000 per course per trainee, and cannot exceed $30,000 per company for a 2-year period. Applications are now being accepted for this program. Applications may be submitted at any time, and grant decisions are made within 5 business days from filing the application. Click here for more information about the WTF Express Program.

The WTF Hiring Incentive Grant Program is open to all employers and provides training grants of up to $2,000 per new employee and up to $30,000 a year per company. This program assists in paying training costs for newly hired employees who have been unemployed over 6 months.  Applications are now being accepted for this program. Application must be submitted within 30 days of new hire’s start date, and grant decisions are made approximately 5 days from filing the application. Click here for more information about the WTF Hiring Incentive Grant Program. 

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center Grant Programs

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center has launched several key programs that are designed to create jobs and support scientific research to improve the human condition.  For information please visit: MLSC Programs.





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