Grant Description & Purpose

EEC is pleased to announce the FY2018 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) Grant Application Request for Response (RFR). Through this renewal Grant Application, EEC may award grants to existing program grantees who will continue to provide early childhood mental health consultation services through a statewide system that supports the needs of programs[1], educators, children and families throughout the Commonwealth. Ultimately, EEC seeks to provide early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) services that  address the developmental, social and emotional, and behavioral challenges of infants and young children that will support healthy development, reduce the suspension and expulsion rate in early education and care settings, and promote school success. EEC is interested in enhancing access and opportunities for early childhood mental health consultations in high need communities where there are proportionately increased numbers of children identified with high needs.

Responses to this Grant Application (RFR) are due to EEC by 4:00 PM on May 11, 2017.

Application Information

FY18 ECMHC Awards  doc format of FY18 ECMHC Awards

Before completing your FY 2018 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) Online Application (Fund Code 700), please read the Grant Application. FY 2018 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) Grant Application  docx format of FY18 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Grant

FY18 ECMHC Grant Update #1: April 20, 2017

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

EEC reserves the right to adjust the timeframe laid out above.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to keep up to date on changes to this Grant Application by checking the EEC Website.

NOTE: EEC will disqualify any incomplete or late grant applications from consideration/review. Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered for funding. Grant Applications will be considered incomplete if any of the sections of the hard copies and online copies are not received by the submission deadline. EEC reserves the right to review and/or fund an application submitted after the deadline where an emergency situation caused or contributed to the late submission.

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Eligible Applicants

This is a renewal grant. Only the agencies and programs that received Mental Health Consultation funding in FY 2017 are eligible to apply for the renewal grant funds.  Grantees must be in good standing with their current grant. Failure to satisfy the requirements of the FY2017 Mental Health Consultation Grant could make a grantee ineligible to receive FY2018 funding. For complete details on eligibility, please read the Grant Application. 


Procurement Activity


Grant Application Release/Posting

April 4, 2017



FY18 ECMHC Webinar Registration Link

April  21, 2017


9:30-11:00 AM

Submission of Written Inquiries

Applicants must submit written inquiries to:          

April 25, 2017

4:00 PM
EEC to Post the Responses to Written Inquiries (Estimated)

May 2, 2017

4:00 PM
Submission Deadline for Quotes/Bid Responses

May 11, 2017

4:00 PM
Notification of Awards (Estimated)

June 12, 2017

Grant Start Date (Estimated)

July 1, 2017


Application Submission Information

EEC will accept, review, and process renewal applications beginning May 3, 2017

In accordance with the submission requirements detailed below, all required documents, including the online application, attachments, and fiscal forms must be received at by 4:00 PM on May 11, 2017. Grant applications will NOT be accepted after 4:00 PM on May 11, 2017. 

Online Application

To complete and submit an Online Application, please click the following link:  FY18 ECMHC Online Application

The online portion of the Grant Application includes the following information that must be submitted online and printed as a PDF document.

  • Once submitted, you will be able to print your entire application as a PDF by clicking Print Summary.
  • The PDF document MUST have a SUBMISSION DATE and TIME on the top of each page (except the cover page-see instructions below.
  1. Contact Information
  2. Communities Served
  3. Languages Spoken
  4. Lead Agency Budget
  5. Subcontractor Budget
  6. FY 2018 Budget Summary
    1. FY 2019 Budget Summary
  7. Narrative Questions
  8. Projected Deliverables
  9. Required Grant Forms
    1. Project Description Abstract
    2. Organizational Chart, Resumes and Job Descriptions
    3. Letters of Support (at least six letters of support)
    4. Lead Agency Indirect Cost Approval Letter (if applicable)
    5. Subcontractor Indirect Cost Approval Letter (if applicable)
  10. Checklist
  11. Cover Page

All of the following documents below must be submitted:

  • by mail with one (1) original (all signatures must be in blue ink) and two (2) copies:
    • The entire PDF document generated by the Online Application. 
      • You must have a submission date and time on the top of each page. 
      • In order to get the entire PDF, you click the SUBMIT button and then click the PRINT SUMMARY button.
      • With original wet signature on the Cover Page
        • (This is the only hard copy page that can be submitted without a submission date and time.)
    • Required Grant Forms:
  • Project Description Abstract
  • Organizational Chart, Resumes and Job Descriptions
  • Letters of Support (at least six letters of support)
  • Lead Agency Indirect Cost Approval Letter (if applicable)
  • Subcontractor Indirect Cost Approval Letter (if applicable)

Please Note: The Required Grant Forms must be submitted as hard copies, as these do not print as part of the PDF document.  Grant applications will be considered incomplete if both hard copies and electronic copies are not received.

Department of Early Education and Care
FY 2018 Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Grant
[Insert Agency Name, Program Name]
Attention: Grants Administration
51 Sleeper Street, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Please note: For FY 2018 grants, your agency DOES NOT have to email to notify us of your online submission or send any required forms as email attachments.

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

Please note: If your application is selected for funding, EEC will e-mail an amended Standard Contract Form to the individual identified as the “Applicant Contact” on your original CFCE grant application. This Form will need to be printed, signed (in blue ink), and returned to EEC prior to the Grant start date. Directions on how to submit that signed form to EEC will be explained with the form.

Additional Information:

The following Appendices are for reference only; they do NOT need to be filled out by the Respondent or included in any response submitted.

[1] For the purposes of this grant, the term “programs” is defined as all types of programs in the mixed delivery system including independent and system-affiliated FCC providers, center-based and out-of-school time programs, Head Start /Early Head Start Programs, public preschool programs, public out-of-school programs, and private schools that serve children under the age of 14 years.