Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017
Low-income Education Access (LEAP) Incentive Grant
Fund Code: 231
||The purpose of this grant is to support district ongoing efforts to address disproportionate identification and placement of economically disadvantaged students. This grant is aligned with the Low-income Education Access Project (LEAP) which was created to support the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (ESE) commitment to improving outcomes for all students.
This grant provides funding to a cohort of Massachusetts districts (LEAP districts) that ESE has been working collaboratively with to assess why disproportionality in special education identification and placement is occurring for low-income students. LEAP districts include Acton-Boxborough, Andover, Boston, Brookline, Chicopee, Fall River, Holyoke, Hopkinton, Lynn, Malden, Medfield, Nashoba, Needham, and North Attleborough.
||The priorities of this grant align with the following Department-wide goals:
Successful grant proposals will focus on at least one of the following priorities:
- Strengthen curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- Improve educator effectiveness
- Use data and technology to support student performance
- Support the social, emotional, and health needs of students and families.
Successful grant proposals must include the accessing of services from Educational Collaborative trainers that have completed the LEAP Train-the-Trainer Program and will articulate how proposed activities will contribute to systemic best practices in the chosen priority area and will describe data-driven methods to achieve and track outcomes. Proposals must focus on the development and sustainability of best practices, rather than on programming only for specific students.
- Improving understanding of and teaching with poverty in mind;
- Improving resources for educators and student support teams;
- Improving services and placements for homeless and transient students;
- Decreasing inappropriate eligibility determinations for special education;
- Increasing identification of special education placements in the least restrictive environment.
Plans or programs to be developed should:
Proposals will be organized according to an explicit theory of action, detailing:
- Be evidence-based
- Align with school and district-wide initiatives and programs
Proposals will state explicit S.M.A.R.T. goals for administrators, educators, and students.
- The rationale and goals for the initiative;
- An action plan;
- How the effectiveness of the initiative will be evaluated, sustained, and improved over time.
If you will braid funds from this grant with other funds, or if you will use in-kind resources, you will be asked in the Required Program Information to detail the source and nature of these other funds or in-kind resources.
|Eligibility: ||Eligible to apply for this grant are the cohort of Massachusetts districts (LEAP districts) that ESE has been working collaboratively with to assess why disproportionality in special education identification and placement is occurring for low-income students. LEAP districts include Acton-Boxborough, Andover, Boston, Brookline, Chicopee, Fall River, Holyoke, Hopkinton, Lynn, Malden, Medfield, Nashoba, Needham, and North Attleborough. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 15, 2017.|
||Upon Approval - 8/31/17
A total of $140,000 is available, subject to federal appropriation.
Grant amounts will be $10,000 per district.
||Fund use must include LEAP Collaborative trainer services and may also be used for:
- Computer software
- Conference registration
- In-State Travel
- Instructional materials or supplies
- Membership and subscriptions
- MTRS/Fringe (related to stipends only)
- Printing and reproduction
Funds may not be used at any time for:
- Computer hardware
- Food and refreshments
- Indirect costs
- Out-of-State Travel
- Staff salaries
||Upon Approval - 8/31/2017|
All grantfunded activities must be completed by the end of August 2017.
An electronic report on grant activities and resulting outcomes is required. An online link to the grant report form will be emailed to grant recipients by November 1, 2016.
|Program Unit: ||Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office|
|Contacts: ||Susan Fischer|
|Date Due: ||Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a final submission deadline of January 15, 2017.|
Part I General Program Unit Signature Page (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
Part III Required Program Information
||Mail two complete grant applications both with an original signature to:
Office of Special Education Planning and Policy Development
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148