FY2017 Educator and Provider Support Grant - Fund Code (322)

Grant Description & Purpose

The EPS Grant is designed to support pathways that lead educators to degree attainment and increased competency through certificates and credentials; to support providers in attaining and maintaining accreditation and upward movement in MA Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS); and to foster a comprehensive professional development system that addresses leadership development and leaders in the field. The grant is intended to serve educators and providers across EEC's mixed delivery system. The development of a comprehensive statewide system designed to meet the needs of the early education workforce must involve key partners and build linkages and pathways for degree attainment and competency development. Professional development and program quality is a shared responsibility among educators and providers. 

Responses to this Grant Application (RFR) are due to EEC by 4:00 PM on April 25, 2016.

Application Information

Before completing your FY 2017 Educator and Provider Support Online Application (Fund Code 322), please read the Grant Application posted on COMMBUYS and the grant application instructions posted on COMMBUYS.

COMMBUYS Grant Information 

Get Notified When Grants are Posted in COMMBUYS
A recent enhancement to COMMBUYS, the State's procurement system, enables registered organizations to receive email notifications of Grants* posted in the COMMBUYS Market Center.

To automatically receive these notifications, organizations need to establish a Vendor Profile in COMMBUYS - an action that takes a few minutes to complete and has no associated cost - and select the UNSPSC commodity code assigned to Grants (00-00-00).**

For Internet Explorer (IE) users, version 10 and under, changes may be needed to the browser setting. If you are unable to access COMMBUYS using IE, implement the following setting change:

  • Select Tools from the browser Toolbar, and choose Internet Options;
  • From the Advanced tab, scroll down toward the bottom and select Use TLS 1.2;
  • Click OK.

If you have questions, please contact the COMMBUYS Help Desk at 1-888-627-8283 or COMMBUYS@state.ma.us.

To establish a Vendor Profile in COMMBUYS:

  • Go to www.COMMBUYS.com and click the "Register" link;
  • Be prepared to provide the name, address, email, and Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) for your organization;
  • Use the UNSPSC commodity code for Grants (00-00-00) when establishing your Vendor Profile;
  • Reference our Registration Resources for assistance:

Find Grant Opportunities in COMMBUYS

Using the public search in COMMBUYS:

  • Select Contract & Bid Search;
  • Under Advanced Search, select Bids;
  • Search "00-00 - Grant Opportunity" in the UNSPSC Segment-Family search field.*

Reference OSD's Locate a Grant in COMMBUYS job aid for additional guidance. 

Please note: Applicants will be required to be specify an Administrator as part of the registration process. COMMBUYS will confirm that the Tax ID entered does not already exist in the system. If the Tax ID is already in use, you will need to follow-up within your own agency to a obtain access to COMMBUYS. More detailed instructions are provided in the job aid if this applies to your agency. 

Access our COMMBUYS job aid to Locate a Grant Posting and Create a Response.

*All state agencies are subject to 815 CMR 2.00, State Grants, Federal Grant Awards, Federal Subgrants, and Subsidies, as well as the Office of the Comptroller's policy on State Grants, Federal Sub-Grants and Subsidies, Departments must use COMMBUYS to publicly post the availability of a discretionary Grant or Grant Program and publish the results of grantee selections. Use of COMMBUYS to receive electronic quotes for grant opportunities is optional; however, state agencies are encouraged to require grantees to register and submit quotes (applications) through COMMBUYS, which provides a central repository for receipt of electronic applications. As more grantees use COMMBUYS to identify grant opportunities, they will have a single location to apply for grants from multiple state agencies, resulting in efficiencies for both the grantees and the state agencies. 

**This United Nations Standard Products and Services Code (UNSPSC) is specific to Massachusetts and COMMBUYS, so no information about the code will be available on UNSPSC websites. As this is a new feature, interested organizations also may wish to conduct additional searches to find Grants prior to this enhancement. Using the Advanced Search feature, enter the word "Grant" in the Bid Description field, or narrow searches by selecting specific agencies from the Organization drop-down menu.  

Eligible Applicants

This is a competitive grant open to all vendors that are able to demonstrate through the submission of a successful grant application that they meet the priorities and required services as outlined in this grant application. In order to be eligible for the Educator and Provider Support grant, vendors must meet all of the criteria outlined in the Grant Application.


Procurement Activity



Grant Application Release/Posting

March 15, 2016


Bidder’s conference:          

Location: EEC-Central Regional Office

10 Austin Street

Worcester, MA 01609


March 22, 2016

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Submission of Intent to Bid


Email Intent to Bid to:


March 25, 2016

4:00 PM

Submission of Written Inquiries


Applicants must submit written inquiries to:


March 25, 2016

4:00 PM

Response to Written Inquiries (Estimated)

April 8, 2016



Submission Deadline for Quotes/Bid Responses


April 25, 2016

4:00 PM

Notification of Awards (Estimated)

June 1, 2016


Estimated Grant Start Date

July 1, 2016


Application Submission Information

In accordance with the submission requirements detailed below, all required documents, including the online application, budget workbook, narrative questions, attachments, and fiscal forms must be received at EEC’s Central Office by 4:00 PM on April 25, 2016. Grant applications will NOT be accepted after 4:00 PM on April 25, 2016. 

Online Application

To complete and submit the online portion of the grant application, please register with COMMBUYS and view the Grant Application where the link to the Online Application is located. 

  • Grant Applications will be considered incomplete if all the sections of the hard copies and online copies are not received by the submission deadline. Grant Applications will be considered incomplete if they do not have a submission date and time at the top of each page.

EEC will disqualify any incomplete grant applications from consideration/review.