Requests for Proposals

Active RFPs: FY19 TRAIN Grant | MAICEI Planning Grants

Past RFPs: FY19 CDEP Grant | MAICEI Implementation/Continuation Grants | MAICEI Residence Life, Phase Two | Nursing and Allied Health Initiative


FY19 Training Resources and Internship Networks (TRAIN) Grant

Purpose

The Department of Higher Education (DHE), working in collaboration with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD; the lead agency for the Workforce Skills Cabinet), is charged with soliciting grant proposals from community colleges in partnership with One Stop Career Centers (OSCC), Workforce Development Boards (WDB’s), educational partners, and Community-Based Organizations (CBO’s) to address the needs of adult learners for:

  1. Education foundations in English literacy, numeracy and sciences;
  2. Work place readiness training;
  3. Employer sponsored apprenticeships, internships, or other models of work-based experiential learning;
  4. Industry sector and occupational skill training; and
  5. Career advisement and job placement services.

The DHE will award a limited number of competitive grants awards. We anticipate eight to twelve awards may be made in amounts ranging from $125,000 - $250,000 based on regional scope and the number of individuals served by the proposals. 

In addition to supporting long-term unemployed workers (the primary focus of the initial TRAIN program: 2016), this updated TRAIN program also addresses underemployed workers and new entrant workers in need of training to prepare for jobs in key industry sectors prioritized by the Workforce Skills Cabinet, specifically; Healthcare, Information Technology, Advanced Manufacturing and Hospitality and Tourism.

TRAIN Grant Information Sessions (Conference Calls)

Tuesday, August 21
9:30–11am OR 1:30–3pm

To join one of the calls, dial 781-338-3098 and enter passcode 385758. To improve audio quality, we request that you keep your line muted unless you are speaking.

Deadline

Proposals must be submitted through CommBuys no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, September 21, 2018. Decisions regarding final awards will be communicated to campuses during the week of October 26, 2018. Complete information and required forms are available here:

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Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI): Planning Grants

Purpose

This state-funded competitive grant program is intended to create new partnerships between high schools in public school districts and public colleges and universities; partnerships are funded to engage in an extended, structured planning process in preparation to submit an implementation proposal for an inclusive concurrent enrollment program on campus for students with severe disabilities (as defined in Section 1 of chapter 71B of the General Laws) between the ages of 18 and 22, inclusive.

Each member of the partnership will commit to developing and improving systems to facilitate the inclusion of students with severe disabilities in typical college and university settings, supporting college and career success, and providing a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

Applicants are directed to select one of these two priorities and to provide information required for that priority:

Eligibility

Priority One

Colleges and universities that participated in the FY2011, FY2012, FY2013, FY2014, FY2015, FY2016, and FY2017 Fund Code 237 (planning) or 236 (continuation) grant programs are not eligible to participate in Priority One of this planning grant program.

Priority Two

Eligibility for Priority Two is limited to public colleges and universities currently or previously funded under state line item 7061-9600 and currently offering inclusive concurrent enrollment programming for students in the target audience. 

Deadline

Proposals must be submitted via COMMBUYS by 5:00 p.m., December 31, 2018. Complete information and required forms are available here:

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Past RFPs

FY19 Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership Grant

Purpose

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) for Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) projects for FY19.  Funds will leverage public higher education and high school partnerships to increase college participation of students through dual enrollment activities, particularly for low-income, under-represented and first-generation-to-college students.

The DHE will award a limited number of competitive grants.  In awarding these grants, priority will be given to proposals that are developed and led by public institutions of higher education in strong partnership with school districts; proposals that show program growth and diversity of high school participants; and programs that design dual enrollment efforts as part of a High Quality College and Career Pathway implementation plan for either an Early College or Innovation Pathway program designation, including providing students with access to college and career awareness activities.  Eligible programs will be those that provide high school students with dual credit – specifically, college course(s) taken through CDEP will fulfill high school graduation requirements from the partnering school district while simultaneously earning free college credits towards a bachelor or associate degree or certificate at the partnering institution of higher education. 

Campuses may apply for award amounts up to $40,000.  The FY19 CDEP grant cycle aligns with the state fiscal year (July to June).  Grant funds are available to awardees from the signed contract date to June 30, 2019.

Deadline

Proposals must be submitted via COMMBUYS by 5:00 p.m., August 17, 2018. Complete information and required forms are available here:

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Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI): Implementation/Continuation Grants

Purpose

The purpose of this state-funded continuation grant program is to implement and enhance partnerships between high schools in public school districts and public institutions of higher education (IHE) to offer inclusive concurrent enrollment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22. This grant program must serve students who are considered to have intellectual disabilities in credit and non-credit courses that include non-disabled students.  

These partnerships will result in improved systems to serve students with severe disabilities and support college and career success and provision of a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

Eligibility

Proposals must be submitted by public colleges or universities on behalf of the partnerships. Only proposals submitted on behalf of partnerships funded during FY2017 will be considered for this continuation grant. Proposals may include new districts or IHE members to the partnership. 

Deadline

Proposals must be submitted via COMMBUYS by 5:00 p.m., June 8, 2018.  Complete information and required forms are available here:

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Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI): Residence Life, Phase Two Grants

Purpose

The purpose of this state-funded competitive grant program is to establish and strengthen sustained partnerships between high schools in public school districts and public colleges and universities to offer inclusive concurrent enrollment residence life opportunities for students with severe disabilities (as defined in Section 1 of chapter 71B of the General Laws) between the ages of 18 and 22, inclusive.

Through the provision of a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, funded partnerships will result in inclusive systems in colleges and school districts that better support students with severe disabilities to achieve success by living on campus and learning through participation in college courses. The intent of the program is to contribute significantly to the self-determined interpersonal, intrapersonal, and career goals of the students who participate.

Eligibility

Proposals must be submitted by public colleges or universities on behalf of the partnerships. Only colleges or universities that were granted funds under the FY2018 Residence Life, Phase Two competition are eligible to submit proposals for the FY2019 grant program.

Deadline

Proposals must be submitted via COMMBUYS by 5:00 p.m., June 8, 2018.  Complete information and required forms are available here: 

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Nursing and Allied Health Initiative

Workforce Development

Since 2005, the Department of Higher Education’s (DHE) Nursing and Allied Health Initiative facilitates public and private partnerships among higher education faculty and executives, health care employers, industry associations and other key stakeholders. This initiative also sponsors, leads and coordinates statewide and regional pilot innovation projects to increase the supply of qualified nurses and allied health professionals, increase the capacity of nursing faculty in our higher education institutions, and reform curriculum to address emerging industry requirements for healthcare quality improvements.

The DHE is seeking proposals for activities to address workforce development needs in the nursing and the allied health segments of the healthcare sector. Bidders interested in responding to both segements of work should submit separate proposals for each segment.

Nursing

Proposals should address one or more of the following three priorities defined by working groups of the Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC) in the fall of 2017 and should support the transition of this initiative to a sustainable funding source and leadership organization in FY19.

  1. Academic Progression
  2. Competencies
  3. Culture of Health
Allied Health

Proposals should address one or more of the following six stated purposes of the AHAG and should advance the work of this community with the goal of transitioning this initiative to a sustainable funding source and leadership organization in FY19.

  1. Defining, developing, and executing short-term and long-range action plans to pilot innovations in workforce education and replicate/scale-up initiatives to achieve the scope of impact called for in these plans
  2. Advancing strategies, policies, and programs that address challenges facing the healthcare workforce
  3. Establishing a direct care worker career pathway that integrates core competencies training into career lattice/ladder strategies
  4. Maintaining measures of the size of the direct care workforce, as well as projected growth, rates of attrition and the gap between demand and projected supply
  5. Identifying a “best practice” career pathway model that supports direct care workers as they transition to college and advance their education
  6. Engaging the community to address and overcome “Policy Barriers” to a sustainable program of training and supports needed to recruit, retain and progress candidates into this workforce, and on to further jobs and sustainable living wage careers

Deadline: May 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

No phone calls regarding this solicitation will be accepted. Any questions may be submitted by email to David Cedrone at dcedrone@dhe.mass.edu by April 27, 2018.

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