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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

Wraparound Zone Initiative - Year 3 Renewal
Fund Code: 209

Purpose: Many students face barriers to academic learning, particularly in underperforming schools. Often these students come to school challenged by social, emotional and health issues that impair their ability to focus on academics. Without the necessary supports needed to address the challenges they face, many will struggle to succeed.

The federally-funded Wraparound Zone Initiative seeks to develop district and school capacity to systematically address students' non-academic barriers to learning. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the systems of support required to meet students' social, emotional and physical health needs. This is done, in part, by improving collaboration between district and school administrators/teachers and community-based partners in order to foster positive school climates and connect students with resources and opportunities that have a positive impact on their ability to engage in school and succeed academically.

The Wraparound Zone Initiative is intended to strengthen district systems of support to systematically address students' non academic barriers to learning.
Priorities: While each participating district may implement the Initiative differently based on the range of student needs and community assets, the district must ensure that the following four Wraparound Zone Functions will be performed:
  1. Each participating school creates a climate and culture that promotes positive social, emotional, physical, and intellectual health and growth for students, resulting in a new standard of practice understood and practiced by every member of the school community;
  2. Each participating school implements a proactive system that identifies student needs in key academic and non-academic areas, and connects them to both universal supports and targeted interventions;
  3. Each participating district integrates a range of resources from both within the schools and the larger community to form a robust coalition of organizations and agencies that convenes on a regular basis. The range of services includes prevention, enrichment, early intervention, and intensive/crisis response services; and
  4. Each participating district develops district-level systems to support the communication, collaboration, evaluation & continuous improvement of the Wraparound Zone Initiative.
The priority is to continue funding districts that show progress towards meeting established goals and benchmarks established in the original grant proposal.
Eligibility: Only districts that received Wraparound Zone funding in FY13 are eligible to apply for continuation of funding for implementation in FY14. These include Fall River Public Schools, Holyoke Public Schools, Lawrence Public Schools, Lynn Public Schools, Springfield Public Schools, Wareham Public Schools and Worcester Public Schools.
Funding: The Department will award the selected district with $16,000 per school, per year* and will also pay for monthly technical assistance from the School & Main Institute. The district must commit the remaining funds required to support the work of the Initiative using Race to the Top dollars, School Turnaround Funds and/or another local funding source. A general guideline for this additional cost is $99,000 per school, per year, though compelling proposals to spend less than this amount will be considered.
Fund Use: Funds for the Wraparound Zone Initiative can be used for:
  • Wraparound Zone Coordinator salary and/or benefits
  • Substitutes
  • Stipends for meetings and/or professional development
  • Contracted partners (consultants, specialists, etc.)
  • Professional development
  • Development of systems that support student/family needs assessment, resource referral, and information management
  • Travel
Funds cannot be used to pay for direct services to students or their families (e.g., counseling services, mental health services).
Project Duration: 7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014
Program Unit: Office of District and School Turnaround
Contact: Rebecca Shor email address:
Phone Number: (781) 338-3559
Date Due: Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16th, 2013.
Required Forms: Due Thursday, May 16th, 2013:
  1. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download Excel Document  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part III - Required Program Information
  4. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part V - Assurances and Waivers
Submission Instructions: Please submit two (2) sets of Parts I, II, III and V, at least one of which has an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director, and is clearly marked "ORIGINAL" via postal mail to:

Janet Pineault
Center for Targeted Assistance
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

In addition, please email Parts II & III to

Both the hard copy and email submissions must be received at the Department by Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 5:00pm.

Last Updated: April 30, 2013
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