Requests for Proposals

Active FY20 RFPs: FY20 TRAIN Grant | FY20 MAICEI Planning Grant

Past FY20 RFPs: FY20 CDEP Grant | FY20 Performance Incentive Grant

FY20 Training Resources and Internship Networks (TRAIN) Grant


The Department of Higher Education (DHE), in cooperation with the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), is pleased to offer the Training Resources and Internships Networks (TRAIN) grant program. Proposals must address the needs of unemployed or underemployed adults seeking industry skills and workforce readiness training to pursue regional  job opportunities in key industry sectors as identified in the Workforce Skills Cabinet, Regional  Blueprint plans  The goal of this workforce training is to engage adult workers in education and training pathways that will lead to jobs and careers that provide family sustaining wages and benefits.

The total funding available for grants to be provided through this program is $1,500,000. The DHE anticipates awarding up to 15 individual grants to Massachusetts Community Colleges who submit proposals as the lead applicant. Community Colleges may also choose to submit a collaborative proposal joining two or more colleges in a common proposal.  No one community college may be the lead applicant for more than one individual or collaborative proposal. Individual funding requests are recommended to range from $75,000 - $150,000; collaborative proposal funding requests shall reflect the number of institutions engaged and the total number of students served. Proposals must indicate the average cost per student (total funding requested/total number of students to be served) which is anticipated to range between $3,000 - $7,500.

Information Session: August 22, 2019

An information session will be held on August 22, 2019, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. accessible via:


Proposals must be submitted via COMMBUYS by 4:00 p.m., September 19, 2020. Complete information and required forms are available here:

FY20 MAICEI Planning Grant


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:


Priority One

Colleges and universities that participated in the FY2011, FY2012, FY2013, FY2014, FY2015, FY2016, FY2017, FY2018, and FY2019 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. 


Proposals must be submitted via COMMBUYS by 5:00 p.m., January 31, 2020. Complete information and required forms are available here:

Past RFPs

FY20 CDEP Grant

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) for Commonwealth Dual Enrollment Partnership (CDEP) projects for FY20. 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. 

Information Session: June 19, 2019

An information session was held on Wednesday, June 19 to respond to questions about the RFP. For other questions contact Keith Connors, the grant administrator, at


Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., July 15, 2019. Complete information and required forms are available here:

FY20 Performance Incentive Grant

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Performance Incentive Fund (PIF) projects for FY20.  

This year’s request explicitly contextualizes the Department’s equity priority with funds supporting initiatives and activities that adopt an equity lens designed to increase college-going and completion rates for under-represented and under-served students, specifically students of color and/or students from low-income and/or first-generation backgrounds. For example, DHE analyses of four major indicators (high school graduation, college enrollment, public college graduation, and overall college attainment) reveal major disparities between Latino males and white females. When examining the overall college attainment rates, the Department found a 43% gap between Latino males and their white female peers. The Department looks forward to reviewing grant applications for programs and initiatives that adopt the equity lens and are supported by relevant data and evidence.

This RFP identifies three category areas for advancing the goal of equity in higher education.  These three categories for this FY20 PIF grant are:

  1. Supporting Low-Income Males and Males of Color (LIM-MOC) in Higher Education
  2. New Approaches to Assessing Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies
  3. Transforming Student Success and Empowering Classroom and Campus Leadership
Information Session: May 14, 2019

An information session was held on Tuesday, May 14, at 10 am to respond to questions about the RFP. For other questions contact Keith Connors, the grant administrator, at


Proposals must be submitted via COMMBUYS by 5:00 p.m., June 14, 2019. Complete information and required forms are available here:

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