Adult ed programs urged to apply for tech grants

Maine adult education programs can now submit requests for proposals for the second round of adult education technology grants.

The goal of the grant is to provide adult Maine citizens with information and technical assistance on how they can use broadband internet services for education, enrichment, accessing health information and governmental services, and supporting economic and community development. Adult education programs must have the equipment, and staff must have training on technology integration.

Adult education programs must meet several requirements to be eligible to submit a proposal. The program must:

  • have signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to participate in ConnectME Broadband Technical Assistance Initiative (CMABTA) and be able to document active participation.
  • be up-to-date in submitting required reports and have current, accurate data submitted to the MaineSTARS data system.
  • have corrective action plans in place resulting from citations identified during program reviews, if applicable.
  • have completed the Adult Education Technology Survey.

Programs that have already received a CMABTA are not eligible to submit a proposal. A listing of eligible programs appears in the RFP, available for download on the Adult Education website.

The RFP uses a new state proposal request format. A bidder’s conference webinar will be held Wednesday afternoon, October 31, to review the proposal requirements and gather questions that will be posted to the Adult Ed website.

The grant program is a collaborative effort of the Maine Department of Education and the ConnectME Authority. The Department is a sub recipient of an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant made to the ConnectME Authority from the National Telecommunications Information Administration.

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