Grant Description & Purpose

Through this renewal Grant Application, the Department of Early Education and Care ("EEC") seeks to provide direct preschool services through the FY 2017 Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments ("IPLE") Grant. The IPLE Grant is designed to support preschool learning environments serving preschool-aged children with and without disabilities in high quality, inclusive early education and care settings. This grant was formerly known as Chapter 188/Phase I Direct Services of Community Partnership for Children (CPC) Grant.

Responses to this Grant Application (RFR) are due to EEC by 4:00 PM on June 9, 2016.

Application Information

FY2017 IPLE Grant Award  xlsx format of FY2017 IPLE Grant Award

Before completing your FY 2017 Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments (IPLE) Online Application (Fund Code 391), please read FY17 IPLE Grant Application  docx format of FY17 IPLE Grant Application
before applying.

COMMBUYS Grant Information 

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Eligible Applicants

This is a renewal 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 FY17 IPLE grant, grantees must meet all of the criteria (for complete details on eligibility, please read the Grant Application):


Procurement Activity



Grant Application Release/Posting

May 10, 2016


Renewal Conference:          

Location: EEC-Central (Boston) Office

51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor

Boston, MA 02210

May 17, 2016


1:30 to 3:30 PM

Submission of Intent to Bid


Email Intent to Bid to:

May 20, 2016

4:00 PM

Submission of Written Inquiries


Applicants must submit written inquiries to:          

May 20, 2016

4:00 PM

Response to Written Inquiries(estimated)

May 25, 2016


Submission Deadline for Quotes/Bid Responses

Applicants must submit proposals to:

June 9, 2016

4:00 PM

Notification of Awards (Estimated)

June 23, 2016 (estimated)


Estimated Grant Start Date

July 1, 2016 (estimated)


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 June 9, 2016. Grant applications will NOT be accepted after 4:00 p.m. on June 9, 2016. 

Online Application

To complete and submit the online portion of the grant application, view the Grant Application.

  • 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.

TO APPLY FOR THE GRANT GO TO THE FY 2017 Inclusive Preschool Learning Environments Grant (Fund Code 391) Application

EEC will disqualify any incomplete grant applications from consideration/review

Additional Information