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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2015

School Redesign Grant - Renewal for Cohorts III and IV
Fund Code: 511

Purpose: The purpose of this federal grant program is to provide continued 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) at the state's persistently lowest-achieving schools.
Priorities: The priority is to continue funding LEAs and schools that show progress towards meeting established goals and benchmarks established in the original grant proposal.
Eligibility: All LEAs with one or more schools that received SRG funding in FY14 are eligible to apply for continuation of funding for the second or third year of implementation in FY15.
Funding: Based on a combination of Massachusetts' federal FY11, FY12, and FY13 School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocations, LEAs awarded Year 1 or Year 2 SRG funding from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014 are eligible to apply for funds for Year 2 or Year 3, respectively, of the original three-year award. Award amounts that differ from the originally projected total must be accompanied by a compelling rationale and evidence and must align with the priorities and strategies outlined in the Renewal Application. A detailed FY2015 budget is required; Cohort IV schools must also include non-binding estimates for FY2016. The original three-year award total cannot be increased.
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, if applicable, 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 School Redesign Grant Activities/Funding: 9/1/2014 - 8/31/2015.
FY2016 is contingent upon annual renewal of the grant.
Program Unit:Office of District and School Turnaround
Contacts: Erica Champagne (781) 338-3521
Date Due: Full Grant ProposalWednesday, April 2, 2014.
Renewal Applications must be received at the Department by 12:00 p.m. on the date due.
Other Key Information: The Department will host a SRG Renewal Process technical assistance session on Friday, February 28th at 12:30 p.m. via webinar to provide school and district teams with assistance in completing the renewal application. District leaders, school leaders, at least one school-level instructional leadership team member, and consultants involved in completing the renewal applications are strongly encouraged to participate in the technical assistance session. Register for this webinar.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education intends to announce awards of these grants on or around June 2, 2014.
Required Documents:
Download PDF document Download MS WORD document
FY15 SRG Renewal Application Directions
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FY15 SRG Renewal Application: School Submission
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FY15 SRG Renewal Application: District Submission
Download MS EXCEL file
FY15 SRG Renewal Application: Budget Workbook for Year 2 Renewal
Download MS EXCEL file
FY15 SRG Renewal Application: Budget Workbook for Year 3 Renewal
Download PDF Document  Download MS WORD Document
Assurances and Waivers
Additional Information:
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FY15 SRG Renewal Application for Schools Changing to Restart Model
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Summary of Four Required Federal Intervention Models
Download MS WORD document
Final Federal Requirements for School Turnaround Grants
Download MS WORD document
Federal LEA Guidance
Submission Instructions: Mail or hand-deliver:
  • four (4) hard copies of School Submission for each school (double-sided if possible)
  • four (4) hard copies of the District Submission (double-sided if possible)
  • four (4) hard copies of Budget Workbook (double-sided if possible)
  • one (1) hard copy with original superintendent signature of the Cover Page contained within the Budget Workbook
  • and one (1) hard copy with original superintendent signature of the Assurances and Waivers (in District Submission section) 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 of School Submission for each school, District Submission, and Budget Workbook to: srg@doe.mass.edu.

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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