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SUSPENDED - FY2021 Universal Pre-Kindergarten Quality Support Grant - fund code 511

Open competitive grants in process are currently suspended until further notice.

Please be advised that the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is suspending all open competitive grants in process. 

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) is working closely with the Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Reopening Board to ensure we can provide clear guidance and critical supports for programs so they are ready to re-open after the Emergency Order, currently extended through June 29th, is lifted. 

The Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) Quality Supports Grant is a statutorily authorized program that is designed to provide targeted state dollars toward high quality early education and care programs. The UPK Quality Supports Grant is developed, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 15D, §13, to ensure preschool children demonstrate school readiness and positive outcomes through UPK programs utilizing and incorporating developmentally appropriate curricula and supports. Additionally, the UPK Quality Supports Grant is designed to ensure that all UPK-funded programs are “willing and able to serve and integrate children of diverse abilities and special needs, diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and diverse economic circumstances.” Finally, the UPK Quality Supports Grant is designed to ensure that all UPK-funded programs are actively engaging the family/guardians of the preschool children in transitions to kindergarten activities during the year before entering kindergarten.

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

Please refer to the FY 2021 UPK Quality Supports Grant Application for the list of eligibility requirements for this grant.

How to apply

The instructions for how to apply for the FY2021 UPK Quality Supports Grant are posted on COMMBUYS, under Bid #: BD-20-1037-1CEN0-C0000-49708. Please refer to the document titled, “FY2021 UPK Quality Supports Online Application Instructions” for the instructions.

Commbuys assistance

To learn how to register on COMMBUYS View the job aids listed: Job Aids for Vendors Using COMMBUYS

Job Aids for new vendors:  Vendor Training Courses

View the job aid on How to Locate a Grant on COMMBUYS

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

If you require technical assistance with the online application, please email with the subject line, “FY2021 UPK Quality Supports Grant.”

REVISED: Timeline for grant


Procurement Activity

Due Date


Grant Release Date:         

March 11, 2020



Registration Required. 

Link is found within the Grant Application (RFR) on COMMBUYS.


April 10, 2020

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Submission of Written Inquiries:        

Applicants must submit written inquiries to:

April 15, 2020

4:00 PM

Response to Inquiries posted: 

April 24, 2020 (estimated)


Application Deadline:

May 14, 2020

4:00 PM

Grant Notification

June 2, 2020 (estimated)


Grant Start Date:                                                                       

July 1, 2020 (estimated)