Grant Description & Purpose

EEC is pleased to announce the FY 2018 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Grant Application Request for Response (RFR). The purpose of the CFCE grant is to provide all families with access to locally available comprehensive services and supports that strengthen families, promote optimal child development, and bolster school readiness.

Responses to this Grant Application (RFR) are due to EEC by 4:00 PM on May 8, 2017.

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 are able to meet the priorities and required services as outlined in the grant application.  EEC expects to award funds to a vendor(s) providing the best value to the Commonwealth with the goal of identifying a vendor or vendors capable of providing coordinated family and community engagement services across all EEC regions, cities, towns, and communities. 

Application Information

In order to view all the documents for the FY 2018 Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Open-Competitive Grant, you must go to COMMBUYS at the following link: www.commbuys.com.” In order to apply for this grant, you will need to complete the FY18 CFCE Online Application.  The link is located in the Grant Application (RFR) on COMMBUYS. Please make sure to read the Submission Instructions in the Grant Application (RFR).

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.  

Timeline

Procurement Activity

Date

Time

Grant Application Release/PostingMarch 28, 2017 

Webinar/Bidders'/Renewal Conference

FY18 CFCE Webinar Registration Link

April 5, 201710:30 AM-12:00 PM

Submission of Intent to Bid

 

Email Intent to Bid to:

EECSubmission@massmail.state.ma.us

April 10, 20174:00 PM

Submission of Written Inquiries

 

Applicants must submit written inquiries to:

EECSubmission@massmail.state.ma.us          

April 10, 20174:00 PM
Response to Written Inquiries (estimated)April 20, 20174:00 PM

Submission Deadline for Quotes/Bid Responses

Applicants must submit proposals to:

EECSubmission@massmail.state.ma.us

 

May 8, 2017

 

4:00 PM

Notification of Awards (Estimated)June 19, 2017 
Estimated Grant Start DateJuly 1, 2017