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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers - Summer Enhancement Grant
Fund Code: 647-B4

Purpose: The purpose of this federally-funded Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Summer Enhancement Grant is to stem summer learning loss by expanding innovative summer learning programs that address both the academic and developmental needs of students.
  • To provide a blended approach of innovative and engaging academic learning and enrichment activities that increase motivation to learn through relevant, hands-on programming. This includes targeted strategies to support reading proficiency by grade 3 and/or successful transition into grade 9.

  • To develop strong collaboration and partnerships for planning and implementation in order to align and leverage resources, improve program quality, and develop shared outcomes for success.

  • To provide innovative shared professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and community based partners.

Eligibility: Eligible entities are current recipients of a fiscal year 2015-2016 (FY16) Out-of-School Time (OST) or Expanded Learning Time (ELT) Fund Code (FC) 647-A Download PDF Document  Download Word Document, 647-B1, and/or 647-B2 grant. Eligible OST sites must be planning to offer a summer program either supported with 21st CCLC or other grant funds/resources in FY16. ELT sites interested in developing or enhancing an existing summer program may choose to offer programming to a subset of students that attend or will be attending the school.
Key Requirements:
  • Programs must provide at minimum 120 total hours of summer 2016 programming

    • Applicants that add hours may increase the number of hours offered each day and/or the number of days/weeks provided.
    • Sites with previous plans to offer at least (or close to) 120 hours of summer 2016 programming should propose to increase the total number of students served by approximately 25 percent (as compared to previous plans for 2016).

  • In order to stem summer learning loss, programs must commit to enrolling students to attend the full duration of the Summer Enhancement Program. On average, students must attend a minimum of 80 percent of the total hours offered.

  • Program must address the academic and social-emotional learning (SEL) needs of students through engaging hands-on programming that includes either project-based learning (PBL) or service-learning (SL).

  • The district/site(s) must commit to participating in an evaluation component to measure the impact these summer programs have on students.

Funding: Approximately $400,000 is available.

Eligible entities may apply for up to $20,000/site for a maximum of two (2) sites; with additional funding options available (see below for details). Please note: Interested applicants may select only one (1) of the additional funding options described below per site.

Please note: 21st CCLC sites that received or are partnering with an agency that received FY16 FC 530B or FY16 FC 530 Continuation (Category C only) Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) grants are not eligible for the optional Additional Funding Opportunity #2 for SL. (See Additional Funding Options section below for information about the SL option.)

Additional Funding Options: Additional Funding Opportunity #1
  • Development and Implementation of Interdisciplinary Project-Based Learning (PBL) Curriculum that supports either English language arts (ELA) or mathematics. Applicants selecting this option may apply for up to $5,000 per site in additional funding to develop interdisciplinary curriculum (cross-curricular) that will be implemented in the enhanced summer program, and ultimately shared with other 21st CCLC programs. A template for curriculum design will be provided. These additional funds must primarily be used to pay for staff development and time to create and write the curriculum.

Additional Funding Opportunity #2
  • Service -Learning (SL) Curriculum Development and Implementation (SL)
    Applicants selecting this option may apply for up to $5,000 per site in additional funding to develop and implement an SL curriculum to be piloted in the enhanced summer program, and ultimately to be shared with other 21st CCLC programs. The Department will provide professional development that is designed specifically to support the implementation of this project. Staff must have attended a 2-day or 4-day SL training and commit to meeting the requirements detailed below. These additional funds must primarily be used to pay for staff development and time to create and write the curriculum.

    Applicants must identify a team of 3-5 staff that consists of:
    • the program and/or site coordinator(s),
    • at least one staff person per site who will implement the curriculum during the enhanced summer program, and
    • at least one ELA or mathematics certified teacher (depending on selected SAYO academic focus — that is indicated in the Part III document's Accountability and Evaluation section).

    Teams will be required to participate in the following:
    • 1-day SL Curriculum Development Kickoff (TBD - February/March 2016)
    • 1/2-day On-Site Technical Assistance visit
    • Up to 4-hours of additional coaching via phone, skype or email
    • 1/2-day On-Site Technical Assistance and Documentation Support visit (during summer program implementation)
    • 1-day Reflective Practice Session (TBD August 2016)

Additional Funding Opportunity #3
  • Pilot and provide feedback on one of the SL Curriculum developed as part of the FY15 Summer Enhancement Grant or FY14 and FY15 ASOST Quality Enhancement Grants. Applicants selecting this option may apply for up to an additional $2,000 for a maximum of 4 staff ($500/person) that will be involved in implementing and providing feedback. Staff members piloting curricula will be required to participate in a training webinar and submit feedback using a template which will be provided. It is recommended that staff members piloting curricula have attended either a 2-day or 4-day SL training.
Fund Use: Funds must be used solely to support the priorities of the Summer Enhancement. Funding must be used to supplement and not supplant other funding and programs. No more than 10 percent of the total budget may be used for materials and supplies.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2016
Program Unit: Office of Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Contact: Karyl Resnick
Phone Number: (781) 338-3515
Date Due: Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis through Friday, February 5, 2016.

Proposals will be reviewed in the order in which they are received. Proposals will be awarded funding if all requirements are met and until all available funds are awarded. Please note: should requests exceed available funding, the Department may limit the number of sites awarded per grantee. A message will be posted on the 21st CCLC grant recipient webpage once funding is no longer available.

Required Forms:
Download Excel Document
Part I/II — Excel Workbook: General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants) and Budget Workbook (Budget and Budget Narrative)

Submit one budget for School Year (upon approval - June 30, 2016) and one for summer (July 1 - August 31, 2016). Please note: Materials and supplies that will be purchased for summer programming should be included in the School Year budget.

Download PDF Document Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information

Submission Instructions: Email to by February 5, 2016 the following:
  • Part I/II — Excel Workbook (signature page and budget/budget narrative) for the School Year and Summer budgets.
  • Part III — Required Program Information
  • A PDF of a printed, signed, and scanned Part I signature page, for each School Year and Summer budget requests.
Emailed documents must be received by the Department no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Reminder: See Due Date section for more details, as the submission and review is a rolling process and it is possible that funds may be fully requested and awarded before the due date.

Last Updated: December 30, 2015
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