The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED), Adult Education Division, announces a Request for Applications (RFA) to receive grants to provide adults with education services and materials and access to high school equivalency tests. The funds were appropriated to NMHED by the New Mexico legislature for expenditure during fiscal year 2019-2020. They are to be used to pilot adult education services for New Mexico adults 22 years of age and over who have not received a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential and who are or have been involved in the criminal justice system
The purpose of this grant application is to fund programs that assist adults who are or have been involved in the criminal justice system
(1) To become literate and obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for employment and economic self-sufficiency; and
(2) To earn a secondary school diploma or high school equivalency credential and transition to postsecondary education and training, including through career pathways.
There is a total of up to seven hundred-fifty thousand dollars ($750,000) available for grantees under this funding opportunity. Eligible applicants include secondary and postsecondary not-for-profit educational entities who serve students 22 and above, whether or not they have been previously funded through NMHED to provide adult education services. NMHED anticipates that the funding applications will range from $20,000 to $250,000. Grants will be awarded for expenditure beginning August 19, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020. Any unexpended funds at the end of the grant period shall revert to the General Fund. Funded initiatives are considered pilot programs. Any future funding is subject to legislative appropriation.
Copies of the official Application for this funding can be accessed via the links below. We provided two formats simply to ensure universal accessibility.
LINK TO RECORDING OF WEBINAR Q & A
Published Questions & Answers
Request for Applications—Adult Education Justice Initiative 2019-2020
Received: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Q: Can people apply who are out of State?
A: The RfA is for services to be provided in the State of New Mexico. If a person or program located out of state wants to apply to provide the services in New Mexico, they may apply.
Q: Do you know if funds from this grant can be used for housing vouchers and fees?
A: Grantees are expected to form relationships with organizations who provide non-educational services needed. The funding is not intended for housing vouchers.
Received: Friday, June 21, 2019
Q: Would you please send a direct link to the RFA on your website?
A: Links to RFA appear on both the HED home page & the Adult Education "FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES" page
Questions submitted regarding RFA
A: There is a link to the recording on this page of the HED website:
Received: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Q: Is the INTENT TO APPLY a requirement and if not can one still apply by the grant application deadline?
A: Applications may be submitted without giving Intent to Apply.
Q: Second, the Grant period is July 1st through June 30th, 2020 with an award date of August 1st, 2019. Is this correct?
A: Yes, that is correct.
Received: Thursday July 11
Q: I have a couple of budgetary questions for the AE Justice Initiative. Is there a limit on indirect cost? Will there be any travel anticipated for training, meetings, etc. for this grant? I don’t see all of the questions that were asked in the webinar posted.
A: 5% indirect limit. We did not transcribe the webinar, so the only questions printed are those we received separately. (If you'd like to listen to the webinar, please scroll up to the bottom of the grey text box above, on this website page, and click on "LINK TO RECORDING OF WEBINAR Q & A") Travel will depend on the nature of the proposal and partnerships. There is no required travel.
CONTACT US: If you require additional guidance on how to direct your question or are not able to locate the information you are looking for on the New Mexico Higher Education Department's website, please email HigherEd.Info@state.nm.us.