FY2020 QRIS Improvement – Durable Goods Grant- Fund Code (764)

Deadline for Applications: March 10, 2020 by 4:00 PM

The QRIS Durable Goods Improvement Grant offers an award of durable goods to eligible early education and care and afterschool/out-of-school time programs. Research from the QRIS Validation Study and Wellesley College’s site visit observations suggest that the types of durable goods available through this grant opportunity can make an immediate and significant impact on program quality. EEC offers this grant to provide selected Applicants with MA QRIS-linked durable goods through an online portal offered by Kaplan Early Learning Company. These items will be shipped directly to each Applicant; no expenditure of program/educator funds or reimbursement will be required.

Who can apply

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.

Eligibility requirements

This is a competitive grant open to EEC-licensed family, group or school age child care programs and license-exempt public school-based preschool or out-of-school time programs that are participating in the Massachusetts Quality Rating and Improvement System (MA QRIS).

How to apply

The instructions for how to apply for the FY2020 QRIS Improvement – Durable Goods are posted on COMMBUYS, under Bid #:BD-20-1037-1CEN0-C0000-47958 .   Please refer to the document titled, “FY2020 QRIS Improvement – Durable Goods Grant Application” for the instructions.

COMMBUYS assistance

To learn how to register on COMMBUYS, see this Job Aid (in English) and Ayuda Laboral (en Español), and this Registration Webcast, or contact the COMMBUYS Help Desk using the contact information below.

For assistance with using COMMBUYS, contact the COMMBUYS Help Desk at 1-888-627-8283, or email   COMMBUYS@mass.gov.

Timeline for Grant

  Date Due Time Due

Grant Application Posted on COMMBUYS

January 30, 2020


Webinar for Interested Applicants (advance registration required)

February 7, 2020

12:00 PM ET

Deadline for Written Inquiries (Email to: EECSubmission@mass.gov)                                        

February 13, 2020

4:00 PM ET

Response to Written Inquiries Posted on COMMBUYS

February 20, 2020 (Estimated)

4:00 PM ET

Deadline to Request MA QRIS Status (Email to Philip.Steigman@mass.gov)

February 24, 2020

4:00 PM ET

Deadline to Submit Intent to Apply (See instructions in Grant Application)                              

February 25, 2020

4:00 PM ET

Deadline to Submit Grant Application

  • Submit Online Shopping Cart in Kaplan’s portal
  • Applicants must submit Narrative Questions-Appendix A to: EECSubmission@mass.gov after submitting their Kaplan shopping cart, and between the dates of February 21, 2020 and March 10, 2020
March 10, 2020 4:00 PM ET
Notification of Awards (Estimated) April 10, 2020  

EEC reserves the right to adjust the timeframe above. It is the responsibility of the applicant to check this page and COMMBUYS for updates.