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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

Supplementary Support to School Districts with High Concentrations of At-Risk Students: MassGrad Promising Practices Implementation Grant (Continuation)
Fund Code: 320

Purpose: The purpose of this federally-funded continuation grant opportunity is to provide supplementary support to school districts with high concentrations of students at-risk for not graduating from high schooli that received FC320 funds in FY2015. Funds may be used for programming at the high school and/or middle school levels.
Priorities: The priority of this grant is to provide at-risk students in grades 6-12 with a variety of research-based, supplementary supports that reduce the number of students dropping out of school and ultimately increase high school graduation rates.

This grant program also supports implementation of Massachusetts' District Standards and Indicators Download Word Document and the state's high priority strategies Download PDF Document  Download Word Document for increasing student achievement. In so doing the program serves to strengthen the capacity of school districts to educate the Commonwealth's neediest children.

Specifically, this grant program may be used in support of the following District Standards (and Indicators): Curriculum and Instruction (sufficient instructional time); Assessment (data-based decision-making, student assessment); and Student Support (academic support, access and equity, educational continuity and student participation, services and partnerships to support learning).

In addition, this grant program is intended to support the state's five high priority strategies for increasing student achievement: preparing students for college and career; strengthening curriculum and instruction; improving educator effectiveness; using data effectively to support student achievement; and turning around our lowest performing schools.

Grant applicants must select a least one research-based strategy area in which to focus their implementation activities. The research-based strategy options included in this grant are:
  • Strategy 1: Flexible pathways to meet a range of student needs
  • Strategy 2: Adult advocates for student support
  • Strategy 3: Positive school climate and socio-emotional systems of support
  • Strategy 4: Contextual learning opportunities
  • Strategy 5: Expansion of the school year
Details on the five strategy areas are available in the Research-Based Strategies for Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement: Descriptions and Resources document provided under "Additional Information."

Grant recipients will be expected to participate in all Department-sponsored evaluations on the effectiveness of the grant program, including the collection of student-level data on student served by the funded programming.
Eligibility: This grant opportunity is open to school districts that successfully implemented a FC320 grant in FY15. A list of eligible districts is available under "Additional Information."
Funding: Approximately $63,056 is available for FY16 grant awards.
Fund Use: Funds can be used by school districts and schools for costs associated with the implementation of research-based programming targeted to students at-risk of dropping out of school. Allowable uses include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Stipends for newly hired specialists, such as dropout prevention specialists, graduation coaches, or dropout recovery coaches, to work during or after school with at-risk students;

  • Consultant fees associated with programming;

  • Counseling services for at-risk students not already provided by a school or district;

  • Supplies and materials associated with programming (see notes below);

  • Incentives, including out-of-school nutrition and/or health-related fees, such as low-cost or group memberships to community-based organizations working specifically with at-risk students; and

  • Other costs related to creative and effective programs and initiatives addressing one or more of the risk factors exhibited by students in danger of dropping out of school or disrupting the school environment.

Additional Notes:
  • All funds must be used to supplement, not supplant, the use of local funds in meeting the needs of at-risk youth.

  • Snacks and food for staff and students are prohibited by this grant, unless specifically recommended as part of an intervention strategy and also conform to the State's guidelines on healthy nutrition. See 105 CMR: Department of Public Health section 225.100: General Nutrition Standards for Public Schools (attached).

Project Duration: Upon approval - 8/31/2016
Program Unit: Office of College and Career Readiness
Contacts: Lisa Harney
Phone Number: (781) 338-6839 and (781) 338-3903
Date Due: Monday, February 8, 2016
Proposals must be postmarked and emailed by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
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Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page
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Part II Workbook — Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B)*
(Print and mail with the proposal all four budget and budget narrative pages. See important opening instructions at the bottom of this section.)*
  • This four-page budget and budget narrative workbook Must be submitted with all School Year and all Summer program applications.
Additional Information:
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Applicant Eligibility: Criteria and District list
Submission Instructions:
  • Submit one (1) electronic copy of all materials, except the original signature page to:
    Carrie Harrington at

  • Submit two (2) sets with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director. Mail to:

    Carrie Harrington
    Office of College and Career Readiness
    Massachusetts Department of
    Elementary and Secondary Education
    75 Pleasant Street
    Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: January 21, 2016
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