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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

School Redesign Grant - Cohort VI
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 federally defined school intervention models—Turnaround, Restart, Transformation, Closure, Whole-School Reform, or Early Learning, (see "Summary of Federal Intervention Models" in additional information below) in the state's eligible Level 4 Schools.
Priorities: Level 4 schools that have not previously received SRG funds will receive priority for funding in SRG Cohort VI.
Eligibility: LEAs with Level 4 schools identified under the state's framework for Accountability and Assistance that did not receive Fund Code: 511 School Redesign Grant (SRG) funding in FY15 are eligible to apply for FY16 funding to implement one of the required intervention models if they meet funding requirements. A complete list of eligible schools and prioritization for funding can be found under the Additional Information section.
Funding: Using Massachusetts' FFY14 federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) allocation, a total of up to $6,800,000 is available for expenditure in FY2016 to FY2020 (through August 31, 2020). 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 of implementation. (Note: the average annual award is approximately $400,000 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 FY2016 budget will be required, with non-binding estimates for FY2017 - FY2020 dependent on annual renewal of the grant award. FY2016 SRG funds may also be allocated for pre-implementation purposes (July 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015). 2015 federal SIG requirements allow for the extension of the grant period to up to five years. The five years must include at least three years of full implementation, and may include up to one year of planning activities, and up to 2 years of sustainability activities. No more than 5 years total funding are allowed. Funding is pending final approval of Massachusetts FFY14 federal SIG application.
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: FY2016 Pre-Implementation SRG Activities/Funding: July 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015;

FY2016 School Redesign Activities/Funding: September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016.

FY2017 through FY2020 SRG funds are contingent upon annual renewal of the grant.
Program Unit: Office of District and School Turnaround
Contact: Amanda Trainor — (781) 338-3551
Date Due for Required Letter of Intent to Apply: Friday, March 13, 2015

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. 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 srg@doe.mass.edu by March 13, 2015. Use the Letter of Intent to Apply Template, which is available below in the Required Documents section of this RFP.
Date Due for Full Grant Proposal: Monday, April 13, 2015.

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 (ESE) will hold a webinar on March 10, 2015 at 4:00 pm 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 others involved in completing the SRG Cohort VI applications are strongly encouraged to participate in the technical assistance session. Register for this webinar.

In addition, the Department will conduct required interviews of LEA/school level teams at the Department's offices in Malden as part of the grant review process between April 27, 2015 and May 6, 2015. LEAs must ensure that appropriate representatives are available during these days.

ESE intends to announce awards of these grants by June 5, 2015.
Required Forms:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Letter of Intent to Apply (due March 13, 2015)
  
Complete SRG Application Package (due April 13, 2015)
  
Application Summary
  
Completed Turnaround Plan
Download Excel Document
Completed Checklist of Required Federal Model Components
Download Excel Document
Budget Workbook
Additional Information:
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Submission Requirements
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Eligible Schools List
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Grant Scoring Rubric
Download PDF Document  Download Word Document
Summary of Federal Intervention Models
View External Link
Final Federal Requirements for School Turnaround Grants (2015)
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Updated Federal Guidance (2012)
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Additional Federal LEA Guidance on Increased Learning Time (2012)
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Additional Federal Guidance - Addendum to 2012 Guidance (2015)
Submission Instructions: Mail or hand-deliver:
  • five (5) hard copies of Complete SRG Application Package (double-sided if possible)
  • one (1) hard copy with original superintendent signature of the Budget Workbook Cover Sheet
  • one (1) hard copy with original superintendent signature of the Budget Workbook Assurances and Waivers to:
    Amanda Trainor
    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 April 13, 2015.
Email a web accessible electronic copy of the all submission documents 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.

These files must arrive at the Department no later 12:00 p.m. on April 13, 2015.


Last Updated: March 6, 2015
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