RFP# GC18-016: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title II and Welfare Education Program Funding

Application: PDF|Word

Attachment 5: PDF|Word

Questions and Answers: PDF

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of this Request For Proposal (RFP) is to provide adult education and literacy services to assist out-of-school youth and adults to become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency, and assist these individuals in the completion of a secondary school education.  There are four types of competition: 1) Adult Basic Education and Literacy Services, 2) Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE), 3) Corrections Education and Other Institutionalized Education Programs and 4) Literacy Zones.

Project Period

Successful applicants will be funded for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021 with the possibility of two (2) one-year extensions

Eligible Applicants

  • A public school district or BOCES
  • a not-for-profit community-based organization or faith based organization 
  • a volunteer literacy organization
  • an institution of higher education including a two- and four-year college, Educational Opportunity Center, SUNY or CUNY Research Foundation
  • a public housing authority
  • library or library system
  • a non–profit organization not described above which has the ability to provide adult education and literacy activities to eligible adults
  • a consortium of such organizations described above
  • a partnership between an employer and an entity described above where the non-profit is the fiscal agent.

Amount of Funding

$ 38,299,003 WIOA Title 2 and $1,843,000 WEP, for a total of $40,142,003 annually

Size of the awards varies by type.  Applicants should submit budget requests for costs that are reasonable and necessary to effectively implement their proposed projects. 

Awards will be made subject to availability of funding by the U.S. Department of Education and New York State.  The NYSED reserves the right to reject all proposals received or cancel this RFP if it is in the best interest of the NYSED

Awards will be divided between four program areas:

  • $21,269,614 for Adult Basic Education and Literacy Services
  • $  9,501,967 for Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education
  • $  2,962,720 for Corrections Education;
  • $  6,407,702 for Literacy Zones

Application Due Date and Mailing Address

Submit one (1) original and two (2) copies of each complete proposal postmarked by 4/11/18 to:

New York State Education Department
ACCES-Adult Education Programs and Policy
89 Washington Avenue Room 460 EBA
Albany, New York 12234

Please email a copy in Word format only to: WIOARFP@nysed.gov

Use the Application Checklist for each proposal submitted to ensure complete application package.

Questions and Answers

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by e-mail to WIOARFP@nysed.gov no later than the close of business 1/10/18. Questions regarding this request should be identified as Program, Fiscal or M/WBE. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted to the ACCES website no later than 1/24/18. The following are the designated contacts for this procurement:

Program Matters: Robert Purga 

Fiscal Matters: Jessica Hartjen

M/WBE Matters: Marisa Boomhower 

Email: WIOARFP@nysed.gov

Non-Mandatory Notice of Intent

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A non-profit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of their prequalification materials. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name) intent to submit an application for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. The due date is 3/26/18. Please send the NOI to WIOARFP@nysed.gov.

Prequalification Requirement

The State of New York has implemented a new statewide prequalification process (described on the Grants Reform website) designed to facilitate prompt contracting for not-for-profit vendors.  All not-for-profit vendors are required to prequalify prior to grant application.  This includes all currently funded not-for-profit institutions that have already received an award and are in the middle of the program cycle. The pre-qualification must be completed by all not-for-profit institutions prior to application in order to receive an award under this RFP. Please review the additional information regarding this requirement in the Prequalification for Individual Applications section below.