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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

School Redesign Grant - Cohort V
Fund Code: 511

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant program is to provide funding for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement School Redesign Plans that are built on one of four federally defined school intervention models-Turnaround, Restart, Transformation, or Closure (see "Four Federal School Intervention Models" in Additional Information below) in the state's eligible Level 4 Schools.
Priorities: Newly identified Level 4 schools in 2013 will receive priority for funding in SRG Cohort V.
Eligibility: LEAs with Level 4 schools identified under the state's new framework for Accountability and Assistance that did not receive Fund Code: 511/767 School Redesign Grant (SRG) funding in FY14 are eligible to apply for FY15 funding to implement one of the required intervention models if they meet funding requirements. A complete list of eligible schools can be found under the Additional Information section.
Funding: Based on a combination of Massachusetts' FY11, FY12, and FY13 federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocations, a total of up to $9,000,000 is available for expenditure in FY2015 to FY2017 (through August 31, 2017). LEAs can apply for a minimum of $50,000 and up to a maximum of $2 million per school per year for each of the three fiscal years. (Note: the average annual award is approximately $500,000 per school). Award amounts will also depend on the size of the school (particularly small schools must carefully justify their budget requests) and the scope and scale of activities proposed for the selected intervention. A detailed FY2015 budget will be required, with non-binding estimates for FY2016 and FY2017 dependent on annual renewal of the grant award. FY2015 SRG funds may also be allocated for pre-implementation purposes (July 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014).
Fund Use: Fund use must be consistent with applicable state and federal requirements. All expenditures must closely align with the implementation of the Redesign Plan and the selected intervention model. LEA-level expenditures must directly support the implementation of the selected intervention models at identified schools.

Unallowable expenditures:
  1. Contract buyouts
  2. Capital expenses
  3. Purchase of technology, computer software or hardware, unless a compelling case can be made for how these materials are necessary to implement fully the proposed intervention
All expenditures will be closely reviewed as they relate to the priorities of this grant opportunity.
Project Duration: FY2015 Pre-Implementation SRG Activities/Funding: July 1, 2014 - August 31, 2014;
FY2015 School Redesign Activities/Funding: September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015.
FY2016 and FY2017 SRG funds are contingent upon annual renewal of the grant.
Program Unit: Office of District and School Turnaround
Contacts: Erica Champagne - (781) 338-3521
Date Due for Required Letter of Intent to Apply: Friday, February 28, 2014.

In order to compete for grant funding, each LEA that intends to apply for funding under this program must submit a Letter of Intent to Apply, indicating:
  1. the names of the eligible schools for which the LEA anticipates seeking grant funding, and
  2. the contact information (name, title, email address, and phone number) for the LEA and school personnel who should be included on any communications sent out by the Department related to this grant program prior to the submission of a full application.
This letter of intent is non-binding (i.e., a LEA may choose not to submit a full grant application after submitting a Letter of Intent to Apply). The letter must be submitted via email to by Friday, February 28, 2014.
Date Due for Full Grant Proposal Wednesday, April 2, 2013.
Competitive proposals must be received at the Department by 12:00 p.m. on the date due.
Other Key Information: The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (Department) will hold a webinar on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. via webinar to provide technical support to districts and schools relative to this competitive grant opportunity. District leaders, school leaders, at least one school-level instructional leadership team member, and consultants involved in completing the SRG Cohort V applications are strongly encouraged to participate in the technical assistance session. Register for this webinar.

The Department intends to announce awards of these grants by June 2, 2014. Given the tight review timeline, LEAs must ensure that a knowledgeable contact person in the LEA's central office and for each school for which grant funding is sought is available between April 2, 2014 and June 2, 2014 to answer questions. Please be sure to complete the required contact form.

In addition, the Department anticipates conducting required interviews of LEA/school level teams at the Department's offices in Malden as part of the grant review process between April 14, 2014 and April 18, 2014. LEAs must ensure that appropriate representatives are available during these days.
Required Documents:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Redesign Plan
  2.  Download MS EXCEL file  Implementation Timelines and Benchmarks Workbook
  3.  Download MS EXCEL file  Budget Workbook
  4.  Download MS EXCEL file  Measurable Annual Goals (MAGs) Workbook
  5. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Contact Form
  6. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Assurances and Waivers
Additional Information:
  1.  Download MS EXCEL file  Eligible Schools List
  2. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Grant Scoring Rubric
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Summary of Four Required Federal Intervention Models
  4.  Download MS WORD document  Final Federal Requirements for School Turnaround Grants
  5.  Download MS WORD document  Federal LEA Guidance
  6.  Download MS WORD document  Additional Federal LEA Guidance on Increased Learning Time (ILT)
  7. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Pre-Implementation Requirements
Submission Instructions: Mail or hand-deliver:
  • five (5) hard copies of the Redesign Plan (double-sided if possible)
  • five (5) hard copies of the Budget Workbook (double-sided if possible)
  • five (5) hard copies of the Measureable Annual Goals (MAGs) Workbook
  • five (5) hard copies of the Implementation Timeline and Benchmarks Workbook
  • one (1) hard copy of the Contact Form
  • one (1) hard copy with original superintendent signature of the Assurances and Waivers page
  • one (1) hard copy with original superintendent signature of the Budget Workbook Cover Page to:

    Erica Champagne
    Office of District and School Turnaround
    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906
    These documents must arrive at the Department no later 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.
Email an electronic copy:
  • Redesign Plan,
  • Implementation Timeline and Benchmarks Workbook,
  • MAGs Workbook,
  • Contact Form, and
  • Budget Workbook
All documents submitted electronically must be web accessible. For more information, visit: Preparing an MS OFFICE document for the Web webpage.

These files must arrive at the Department no later 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Last Updated: February 24, 2014
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