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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

Improving High School Graduation Rates and Postsecondary Readiness among First Language is not English (FLNE) Students
Fund Code: 695

Purpose: The goal of this non-competitive funding opportunity is to provide funds for the implementation of work through the America's Promise Graduation Activation Grant. Over a three years period, these funds are to be used to design programming and interventions to increase the graduation rate of students who do not speak English as a first language. Participation by invitation in this cross-district learning community with targeted training and support is based on the districts with the largest numbers of First Language is not English (FLNE) students that did not graduate in the 2014 graduation cohort. These services are to supplement currently funded local, state, and federal programs.
Priorities: The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is to strengthen the Commonwealth's public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, and in so doing, to close all proficiency gaps.

The priority of Improving High School Graduation Rates and Postsecondary Readiness among FLNE students is to increase their graduation rates. FLNE students include: English language learners, former English language learners, refugees, immigrants and/or students with limited or interrupted formal education.
Program Requirements:
  • Identify a core team of staff to support district/school planning and implementation. Members of the core team would include but not limited to: central office administrators (e.g., ELL director, student support director); school building administrators (principal, assistant principal); teachers and school counselors.
  • Invite at least one key community partner to participate in the core planning/implementation team that can be an asset for providing expertise or services to the FLNE population.
  • Participate in cross-district learning community meetings, which will take place once in the first year and twice a year (fall and spring) in years 2 and 3.
  • Participate in site visits and other evaluation activities that will be implemented to inform the collective learning.
Eligibility: School districts that were identified as having the highest number of FLNE dropouts in school year 2013-14 were invited to participate. Eligibility is restricted to those districts who accepted the initial invitation in January 2016.
Funding: Up to 10 invitees for the project may apply for up to $3,000 for this school year opportunity during fiscal year 2016 (ending 6/30/2016). Districts are eligible for an additional $7,500 per year for FY2017 (7/1/2016-6/30/2017) and FY2018 (7/1/2017-6/30/2018)
Fund Use: Funds may be used for:
  1. Stipends to support planning and program coordination.
  2. Consultant and contract fees to provide program-related professional development.
  3. Supplies
  4. Other costs that are negotiated with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Project Duration: Upon Approval — 6/30/2016
Program Unit: College and Career Readiness
Contacts: Nyal Fuentes nfuentes@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-3593
Date Due: Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Eligible programs must submit applications at least 15 business days prior to the proposed start of the program in order to allow sufficient time for review, resolution of issues, and processing in order to comply with the state finance regulation 815 CMR 2:00, section 2.05, (4)(b). Programs are not permitted to expend funds until applications are approved.
Required Forms:
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Part I: Fund Code: — Program Unit Signature Page (Part I — General: Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)

Download Excel Document
Part II Workbook — Budget (II-A) and Budget Narrative (II-B)*
(Print and mail with the application all four budget and budget narrative pages. See important opening instructions below.)
Required to be submitted with all applications.

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Part III: Required Program Information Required to be submitted with all applications.

*Note: The Budget and Budget Narrative Workbook is a Microsoft Excel file which includes macros that enable the workbook to compute totals and summary tables.

  1. For Microsoft Office 2000/2003, you may need to change the security setting in Excel before opening the file. In Excel, click 'Tools', 'Macro', and then 'Security'. When the dialog box appears, change the security setting to 'Medium' and then click 'OK'. You can now open the budget file.

  2. For Microsoft Office 2007, you must save the workbook as an earlier version of Excel (.xls not .xlsx).

Submission Instructions: Submit two (2) sets of all required information. (See Required Forms.) Each set should have an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:
Nyal Fuentes
College and Career Readiness
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: March 7, 2016
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